Entertain the thought..
A lot of what we leani about our culture and other cultures cannot be
found in the classroom. Knowledge is vital and is provided to us by study-
ing certain disciplines. However, experience is another vital aspect of
learning that we too often neglect. When we study drama, we use a textbook
that is, in essence, dead. But drama is very much alive when experiencing a
play or musical. You can spend hours researching the destruction of the
ecosystem in biology, but experiencing a sea turtle laying her precious eggs
down in the sand will make you realize how easily disrupted this natural
process can be.
It is easy for students with school duties and full-time jobs to neglect
the experiences of college that lie outside the realm of the classroom or the
library or the computer lab. Many students pass up programs, tours, trips
and other experiences provided by the school. Friday means weekend and
weekend means no classes. And we ask, why should the learning process
stop? It shouldn't!
Whether you attend a convention, make time to hear a speaker, see
an exhibit, or even hear a good band in a local bar, you will be learning.
These are the things make up the experiences you'll remember when your
college days are long gone. Well, maybe you'll remember that all-nighter
you pulled studying for a test or the time you wrote a 15-page paper the
night before it was due, but you want memories that won't make you wince
This issue is dedicated to opening up some new channels for you to
explore - and I don't mean FOX or CBS! The staff has explored some new
types of activities, gotten involved with some groups, and even done a little
traveling in order to give you some ideas for learning opportunities that are
entertaining. We hope you'll see something you would like to try. Or maybe
you'll find out more inforn:>ation on something you knew about. Whatever
the case may be, we know that this issue will serve as a potential positive
booster for anyone (or shrill I say EVERYONE) that is suffering from a little
classroom burnout. Have a great time!
Amy Ellwanger Editor-in-Chief
Georgeann Estep Business IVIanager
IVIichael Wiggins Features Editor
Ella Bennett Photo Editor
Adam Stover Sports Editor
Shelly Cantrell Staff Writer
Josh Williams Staff Writer
Ms. Jane Nodine Faculty Advisor
Pao Lee - Cover Art Jan Scruggs - Photos
David Prak - Photos
Special Thanks to:
Frances Brice Dean Leon Wiles The Media Board
Copyright 1995 by The Powderhorn and the University of South Carolina at Spar-
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Editor's Page 2
Powderhorn Staff & Contributors 3
Progress of Campus Life Building 5
Campus Activities Board - A Look at Entertainment
Between Classes on Campus 6
Hit the Trail - Backpacking 8
Student Loans - Q & A 10
Career Objectives - Taking Advantage of
Club Activities 12
Campus "Celebs" 13
Live Music in Spartanburg 14
Quest & S.C.O.P.E. - Wellness Program 15
Point/Counterpoint - Funding for the
National Endowment for the Arts 16
Feedback - A Questionnaire 19
Jackie Burton: USCS Rifleman (Along with
Homecoming Photos!) 20
R.O.T.C. - Playing with Fire (Power!) 22
Paintball - A Weekend Warrior Delight 26
51 Things to do in New Orleans 28
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Students can experience the quality
entertainment of some of the most
prominent rising stars in show business
right here on the USCS campus. Talk
show host Bertice Berry and comedian
Carrot Top are just two of the budding
entertainers who have made an
appearance on our campus in their early
days of fame. So, you ask, who is
responsible for bringing these talented
artists to perform at USCS? The answer
is as simple as - CAB.
CAB, otherwise known as the
Campus Activities Board, works
extremely hard every semester to bring
you the best of the best in entertainment
to add a litde excitement to the monotony
of a regular school day. They pay very
close attention to the fact that our campus
is rich in cultural diversity and they pride
themselves in the fact that they offer
something for everyone. "We cater to
every student on this campus sometime
during the semester," CAB President
Chris Hills stated.
In the past, CAB has been a part of
the Student Government Association.
Later, they began to realize that in order
to serve the students more efficiently,
they should break away to form an
individual group dedicated exclusively to
providing on campus entertainment for
students. CAB members had also
realized that a bigger budget could allow
them to provide bigger and better events
to benefit the students.
Now, with their own name and
their own budget, CAB members are
serving over 2,000 students. They invite
nationally recognized acts such as
Limpopo, famous for their Kit Kat
commercial jingle, to perform for
students at no cost. Magicians,
ventriloquists, and musicians are just a
Get Away From the Grind....
with Live Entertainment!
few of the other forms of entertainment
that CAB has to offer. Not to mention
the wild and crazy games that get
people laughing on Wacky Wednesdays.
Human bingo and
twister seem to be
the most popular for
students who just
want to have some
for the Campus
in the brand new
Center. The stage
will have easy
accessibility to the
cafeteria in order to
make catering the
convenient for the
CAB staff. And,
the new stage will
make it easier for the CAB staff to offer
a more professional atmosphere to guest
stars. In the future, CAB would also
like to see a budget increase in order to
bring more nationally known acts to
USCS; but, with the recent budget cut,
CAB is uncertain as to what they will be
able to offer next semester.
CAB is always interested in
knowing what students have to say
Statistics from a
recent survey show
that students enjoy
the comedians most
with games and
behind. The survey
has also provided
some good ideas that
the CAB staff is
So, you see,
there are fun and
exciting things to do
on campus to make
the day pass by a
little faster and give
students a chance to meet people. All you
have to do is take full advantage of the
fine, free entertainment that CAB offers
to everyone without leaving campus.
Photos Courtesy of Creative Entertainment
It the Trail!
People today spend less and less of
their spare time doing nothing. The
hustle-and-bustle of the modern work-
place, along with the increasing advances
in technology, has caused many people to
long for a peaceful, simple retreat. Back-
packing provides a person with that
retreat and gives one and appreciation for
the beauty of nature. Fortunately for
uses students, Shining Rock Wilderness
in Pisgah National Forest is within two
hours of driving distance.
I asked Todd Sellers, a junior here
at uses, why he enjoys hitting the trail.
"It's relaxing," he replied. "You can get
away and put everything into perspec-
tive." When put to the same question,
senior Rebecca Jordan said "You learn
what's important after you strip away the
modern conveniences. You learn what
you really need to survive."
Getting away from the city can be
just what the doctor ordered when you're
stressed about the pressures of working
and being a student. Some quiet reflec-
tion or simply enjoying the forest at Shin-
ing Rock can help restore peace to even
the most frustrated people.
Backpacking's not only good for the soul,
however. Hiking through the mountains
is an excellent means of physical exercise,
If you're planning to go backpack-
ing, certain supplies are a must for a
successful trip. A tent and sleeping bag
provide shelter and a bed. Food, a com-
pact stove, cooking utensils, and
firestarter will keep hunger at bay. A
good book can also enhance your experi-
ence on the trail. A first aid kit should be
brought in case of an accident. First aid
kits should be able to handle everything
from a mosquito bite to a snake bite.
Nothing spoils the enjoyment of
nature more than running across trash
that someone's thrown down in the forest.
You go to the forest to get away from the
filthiness of the city, not get more of it.
The motto of the trail is to take every-
thing with you when you leave and to
leave only footprints behind,
I also recommend being very careful
if you plan to navigate dangerous terrain.
Never overestimate your ability to negoti-
ate a new terrain. A couple of friends of
mine have been seriously hurt when
bravado overcame good judgement.
Everyone needs diversion from
their daily routine. Our daily routines
often become so busy, that vegetating on
the couch seems like a welcome
diversion on the
we must not neglect
the therapeutic and
educational value of
spending time in our
national forests. Back-
packing provides the
exercise and time away
from everything that can
make all the difference to
the stressed out student. The next
day you have time on your hands, remem-
ber-take time out on your feet and hit the
"...we must not neglect
the therapeutic and
educational value of
spending time in our
national forests. "
Overextended students: stop kidding
yourselves! Attending college is increasingly a
full-time endeavor. You are required to put in
most of your waking hours studying. The catch
is, you have to pay for it. You must also
pay for food, shelter, and
bills in order to live. The
mistake so many are
making is that they work
too much outside school
in order to generate their
funds. When you have
failed to meet the
requirements for your
semesterly education, it
amounts to throwing over
$1000 down the drain. You're back to
square one. Don't give up, though. You do have
an alternative: Student Loans.
By applying for and receiving a student
loan, you can pay college expenses and buy
time, as well. Since you would only have to
work enough hours during the week to pay the
bills at home, you leave yourself enough time to
put in the required time and effort that will get
you through school successfully. Don't like the
idea of being in debt?
Think the interest rates will hurt you later? Not
even sure if you'll qualify? I'm here to ease your
First, you should know about your
choices. There are four different types of student
loans available to you. The first is the Subsidized
Federal Stafford Loan. This is a low-interest,
long-term loan to provide students with money
for college. With an interest rate capped at 9%
and a repayment term of up to 10 years, this loan
does not require the student to pay while in
school. Based on need, this loan can provide
from as little as $100 to as much as $23,000 over
the lifetime of an undergraduate student. There is
an insurance fee of up to 3% and an origina-
tion fee of 5%.
There is also the Unsubsidized Federal
Stafford Loan. It's
terms are much the
same; however, it
who are not eligible
for other financial aid
with funds that have a
and insurance fee of
Another type of loan is the
eral Supplemental Loan for
Students. This caters to the independent student
based on need. With the SLS, you must first
apply for a Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized
Stafford Loan , and a Pell Grant before applying.
The terms are very much the same with the
exception of a capped interest rate of 1 1%. The
last type of student loan is the Federal PLUS
Loan. These are loans made to the parents of
dependent undergraduate students. This requires
a credit check and provides only the total cost of
education. Payment of these loans cannot be
deferred unless the parent is at least a half-time
student. The origination and insurance fees are
the same as the Stafford Loan, but the interest
rate is capped at 10%.
Before you take out any student loan,
there are several things that must be consid-
ered. Interest rates, fees, payments, interest
benefits, and grace periods are some I men-
tioned above. Other considerations are the
amount of the payments, number and fre-
quency of payments, consequences of default,
and cancellation. You must consider your
financial aid advisor's role in your getting and
repaying a loan. Your financial aid administra-
tor can process loan forms, verify enrollment
and education budget, and analyze your need.
There are restrictions on how you may use the
money. It is to be used for educational ex-
penses only, like tuition, books, fees, room and
Before you repay your loan, there are
also some key factors. The borrower of a loan
has certain rights and responsibilities. Students
have the right to receive a payment schedule,
to defer payment, to request a forbearance, and
to prepay a loan at any time without penalty. It
is most important to keep these responsibilities
in mind: repaying loans and their fees on time,
notifying loan holder of changes in name,
address, etc., repaying at least $600 per year
unless other agreements have been made, and
to keep making payments until you receive
written confirmation that the account has been
placed in deferment or forbearance.
These specific loans are ones of which
too many students do not take advantage. It is
the perfect way to pay for your education
without being financially forced to neglect it.
Here are the basic facts. More information is
available in the financial aid office. You no
longer have an excuse!
Accrued Interest: Interest that accumulates on
the unpaid balance of your loan principle.
Default: Failure to repay your education loan.
Deferment: A period when a borrower, who
meets certain criteria, may suspend loan pay-
Disclosure Statement: Statement of the total
amount and cost of a loan, including the inter-
est rate and any additional finance charges.
Forbearance: Temporary adjustment to
repayment schedule for cases of financial
Grace Period: Specified period of time after
you leave school during which you need not
make principal payments.
Interest: The cost you pay to borrow money.
Principal: Amount you borrow, which may
increase as a result of capitalization of interest,
and the amount on which you pay interest.
Promissory Note: Contract between you and
your lender that includes all the terms and
conditions under which you promise to repay
Servicer: Organization that administers and
collects your loan.
Every year career oriented clubs and organizations iiave guest speakers, career fairs, and other such
activities to encourage growth both mentally and physically in ones future. During these events students
learn about new opportunities in their future objectives.
The School of Nursing had a career fair at the beginning of the semester. At this fair different
regulatory agencies and clinics set up tables in the Auxiliary gym. Each booth had brochures and samples for
the students in the nursing program. Angela Henderson a future May graduate of Nursing stated, that the fair
gave her the chance to get applications from prospective hospitals and agencies. Also, it helped her gain the
knowledge of the opportunities for future employment right here in the Spartanburg-Greenville area.
The Marketing club had several guest speakers including Paul Riddle from the Marshall Tucker Band.
He showed the club the value of marketing a product, as well as marketing a group of people. Riddle an-
swered questions and gave a good marketing oudook. Another activity that this club sponsored was an
Etiquette dinner at the Piazza Tea room. In attendance was Dr. Mark Mitchell (co-advisor) and about 25
members of the expanding organization. These students enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. Chris Clark
said, " I enjoyed the professional style of the meal and I believe that the etiquette tips that I gained will give
me an extra edge during future job related interviews." There were many other activities that were sponsored
here on campus for the advancement of career objectives. Overall. These events provided a little push and a
great deal of information to those who were willing to participate.
Paul Riddle, formerly of the Marshall Tucker
Band, spoke to members of the USCS Market-
ing Club. He had many real- life marketing
stories to share with the students in atten-
Photo by: University Communications
Makel 1 1 lA
AI Kinzer of BMW receives a small token from
Chancellor Stockwell in appreciation for
Kinzer's involvement with USCS Founder's
Danny Glover, who was joined by
Felix Justice, speaks at the Hodge
reception during a convocation.
Chancellor John Stockwell leads not only in
the hoard room, but on the court, as well,
during a faculty volleyball game.
Here's what's happening in
This year a new program was ignited on
campus to ensure the knowledge in students on
issues concerning: Drug/Alcohol Awareness,
AIDS, Dating, Self-Enhancement and Fitness.
This program under the supervision of Ms.
Stephanie Boyd is definitely a great benefit to
this institution and its constituents. Boyd stated
that she is very happy to be here and that the
support and participation she is getting is great.
Quest, the name given by Boyd at the
beginning of the New Year, is geared towards
starting a peer education program. This new
edition on campus has enabled the gateway of
communication to be opened between students,
faculty and staff. Boyd also plans to work with
neighboring campuses as soon as here peer
group has been trained to give presentations and
FOK TOTAL WELLNESS
Quest also started a program that enables
a participant to win free prizes for attending a
specific event. All students, faculty and staff are
welcomed to participate in the fun. The only
thing that you must do is keep a score card with
signatures of attendance. These points are easy
to get at almost any campus wide event such as:
Softball games, CAB events, plays, and lectures.
Boyd has worked hard and has got many prizes
donated from fitness centers, ice cream parlors,
and even a personal trainer. So come join a
quest for survival with the new wellness pro-
If you are interested in joining the Quest
peer group or you have any questions or con-
cerns feel free to call Stephanie Boyd.
S.C.O.RE. is a consortium of
students from USCS, Wofford,
SMC, and Converse who will
receive extensive information
and training on alcohol and
drug prevention/education infor-
mation, group facilitation skills
and referral resources.
Since the furor began in this country to balance the budget, one of the prime targets of
cutbacks is the National Endowment for the Arts. Cutting the NEA budget is not a new idea by any
means. Since the clamor over the NEA funding of several controversial art exhibits, the program has
become a prime target for budget cutbacks. The argument that advocates of NEA funding
cuts present is that taxpayers monies should not be used to fund so-called elitist art
that is both exclusive of the general public and offensive to those who are forced to
support it. In short, these individuals state that taxpayers money has no place in
financing art, which they feel should be supported by private business, patrons, or
private foundations that are not affiliated with the government. The annual budget
of the NEA was around $167 Million dollars, that is, until a subcommittee of the
House of representatives voted to cut the budget by $5 million dollars on February
24, 1995. From this decision, it seems that our representatives in Washington
would agree with the opponents of the National Endowment for the Arts, at least
to some extent. So, the argument about cutting NEA funds is, at least for the
present, going the way of NEA opponents. This isn't suiprising when one
considers the media circus that has been created over artists such as Robert
Maplethorpe, whose homo-erotic photography shocked many Americans. Many
people wondered, and still wonder, why such programs are supported with the
hard-earned tax dollars that they pay to the government.
Interestingly enough, out of the 100.000 grants that have been awarded
over the 30-year existence of the NEA, only thirty grants have been considered
"controversial." That means that less than one percent of all of the grants that
have been given have been regarded by the public as controversial, and it is
suiprising that the entire organization has come under fire when one considers
the 99,970-some grants that have been used to fund art that the public found
useful or at least non-offensive. These numbers would seem to indicate that
the NEA is not a highly elitist organization, as many conservative-minded
opponents have claimed it to be. In fact, the NEA exists to support the arts
and make them more accessible to the general public, and not to provide
unlimited funds for the so-called "cultural elite." For example, the Spoleto festival in Charleston,
which has generated over $1 billion dollars for South Carolina's economy and boosted tourism by
more than 300 percent, would not have existed without the seed money from the NEA.
Currently, over 200 cities in the United States have used seed money from the NEA in ways
similar to the city of Charleston, and have experienced similar results in tourism and economic
boosting. In addition, the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts is only one-hundredth of
1 percent of the national budget, which shows that NEA funding is only a tiny part of our national
Thrown to the chopping block, alongside a host of other luckless government programs, is
the harshly condemned National Endowment for the Arts. The perhaps-maybe-revolution sparked
by a Republican takeover of Congress last November seeks to end subsidies to the likes of: perfor-
mance artists who give away NEA grants in one-dollar bills to pedestrians, for the artistic purpose of
rendering various expressions from the recipients; art exhibits, which have their only entrance
carpeted with an American flag, and. . .thousands of artists and many artistic groups who rarely get
media coverage at all, and who provide community-oriented, often educational experiences for many
people who would otherwise never become aware of the treasures of art. Sure enough, there are
many noble goals the NEA strives for, in addition to the less-esteemed purpose of desensitizing
Americans to grotesqueness. However, it is not necessary to denude America of artistic awareness in
order to dispose of a clumsy, elitist organization which hardly serves as a fair
promoter of the arts.
When the existence of the NEA is discussed between two parties, both
sides invariably become entrenched on the question, "What is art?". Pro-
moters of the endowment often do not accept this as a valid question, but
nevertheless become sidetracked into a defense of items of dubious
artistic value. A taint of elitism sneaks into the debate right about here;
the artistically inclined question the sophistication or knowledge of
amateur critics, as if it were A-OK to accept money, but not com-
ments, from the laity. Detractors, on the other hand, are unable to see
any way around the question, and point to the image of the NEA portrayed in
the media: a secular, faceless bureaucracy of perverts who seem to judge art by how
much it offends the religious. They seem unable to see the sheer an'Ogance of questioning the
legitimacy of something that is frequently not understood in the first place.
In this type of exchange, the most important questions are missed. Why would any so-called
free society have a national government choose what art receives financial support? Does it not
seem possible that different regions of the country might be more likely to accrue funding for its art
and artists than others? Is it not likely that such a system stands to benefit insiders enormously and
the common artist very little? While most freethinkers would decry any attempt to label an object as
either a legitimate work of art or a confused, degenerative piece of trash, can it not be accepted that
some, actually many, taxpaying citizens will always feel obliged to categorize art in just this way?
The damnable feature of the NEA is that it assumes that everyone wants and needs more art,
and if not, it is a flaw that can be ironed out with just a little more government money. The fact that
this money comes from taxpayers, who see precious little result from their money and couldn't care
less about the NEA anyway, seems to be a non issue to the culturally elite. Months and months after
government's expenditures, and since the number of the 1 00,000 NEA-funded projects that have
been highly criticized is less than 1 percent, it is clear that the amount of criticism that the NEA has
drawn is both asinine and ridiculous.
Criticism of a program that assists communities in generating revenue and jobs, while at the
same time providing the public with a myriad of programs and projects in the arts can be held as
nothing short of contemplative and not worth the breath it takes to utter the words. Art is something
that is not merely entertainment for a select group of intellectuals, as opponents of the NEA would
argue; instead it is a vital means for communication of ideas and knowledge that are not readily
available to the public, as well as a revenue-generating source for the towns and communities of
America. The NEA has done the exact opposite of what its opponents claim; it has removed the Arts
from the province of the elite and opened them to the general public, so that they may benefit from
this wonderful tool for expansion and communication. When the cost of the NEA is compared to the
cost of certain government programs, which have been know to pay hundreds of dollars for simple
tools like hammers, it is very clear that all of the controversy and heated debates against NEA
funding are nothing more than smokescreens to cover the gigantic wastages of money that occur in
other areas of the national budget. The National Endowment for the Arts always has been, and
always will be, of tremendous benefit to the people of America, and should not be attacked because
of the absurd views of a few naiTow-minded individuals.
Why would any so-called "free society" have a
national government choose which art forms
receive financial support?
the NEA first came under attack by the new House majority, pious "How dare they?"s still litter art
journals. It would seem as though the NEA was beyond reproach, to judge by the essays of shock
Art is not something that should rely on government money when it is constantly having to
be defended. Unlike public schools, art is something that can be marketed as a business. If support-
ers of the arts aren't earning enough revenue to keep this "business" going, maybe the general public
is trying to tell them something.
The Powderhorn staff wants to know what you think of this semester's issue of the magazine. Please
complete this survey and return it to Hodge 244. Thanks for your time!
1. Did you enjoy the articles? If so, which ones?
2. Did you enjoy the photos? If so, which ones?
3. Was the magazine found in a convenient place? Where? If not, how did you acquire it?
4. Did you, as an individual or as part of a group, feel adequately represented by material in this
magazine? If not, how can we better represent you in the future?
5. What topics would you like to see covered in the Fall 1995 issue':
6. Do you have any other comments or helpful criticism for us to consider?
Please feel free to help create next semester's issue! We welcome stories, artwork,
photos, help with layout, or suggestions for events to cover.
Jackie Burton's "Shake 'Em Up" Role as USCS Mascot
The Rage was definitely in the Cage during the
1995 Rifle Athletic season; and lately, the Rifles
have not been alone. Strutting all the latest
dance moves, waving her hands in the air and
just simply arousing the crowd, Jackie Burton,
none other than The USCS Rifleman, our mas-
cot, brought spirit to every halftime AND time-
out. Participating in many events, Jackie has
been seen doing everything from giving out
candy to children at the Championship NCAA
Division II Soccer match to welcoming people at
USCS Orientation. Burton and her great person-
ality could amuse any crowd, any time and any
place. Picture it.... You are at a Rifle Basketball
game. .The score is 66 to 68 ..Rifles down by 2
points with 1 minute left... The crowd is restless,
bleachers are banging, the coaches are scream-
ing and then all of a sudden you hear. "TO THE
LEFT, TO THE LEFT... TO THE RIGHT, TO
THE RIGHT... TO THE FRONT, TO THE
FRONT... Yes it 'is the Tootsie Roll . On to the
floor comes the Rifleman. Jackie and all of the
Rifle fans get excited and break the tension of
the game. The Rifles ended up winning that
The Rifleman went to the Peach Belt
Tournament with the Lady Rifles to support
them in the finals. The Ladies Basketball team
won the Tournament, but they were not alone on
victory road. Coming home in the company of a
fine team with such a deserved trophy. Burton
came back to Spartanburg carrying a title, as
During halftime at a basketball game, the Rifle-
man shows that she isn 't the least bit camera shy
as she anticipates her next move.
King & Queen:
And to the Kings & Queens of
the basketball court:
uses Women's Team
uses Men's Team
Coaches & Trainers
Cheerleaders & Dance Team
and, of course,
There has to be a place, a grown-up
playing field, for those who torched Barbie Dolls
or blew up Matchbox Cars with firecrackers in
their youth. A March 24-26 visit to one such
paradise at Fort Jackson revealed that those ill at
ease in a normal nine-to-five environment can
not only achieve a level of satisfaction in a well-
suited foxhole, they can become leaders in their
As expected, the ROTC unit departed for
Columbia some 45 minutes late Friday after-
Cadets sift through the grim results of a
noon, not bad at all by hurry-up-and-wait stan-
dards. Compensating for those delays being the
responsibility of underlings, the three vans of
ROTC cadets hurtled towards Columbia without
concern for speed traps or other civilian ob-
The 16:50 arrival in Fort Jackson was
punctuated by a flurry of activity, as the neces-
sary transformation of college students to sol-
diers began. Newcomers struggled under a full
load of equipment and skipped to keep in step
with the commands of a makeshift squad leader.
One Cadet Bailey from USCS marched rigidly
by, looking very proper, if slightly uninitiated,
in his military role.
Every stage of this weekend's exercise
was to be an opportunity for someone differ-
ent to hone his or her leadership skills; it
would likewise become an excellent chance to
achieve instant fame as a screw-up. In this
way, people were driven to excel by a combi-
nation of carrot and stick found almost exclu-
sively in the military.
No sooner had the Wofford/Spartanburg
ROTC group claimed their bunks and begun
to unpack than senior students from the
Citadel arrived. Apparently, the Citadel cadets
were higher in rank, as they quickly uprooted
the OP-4 group and took over strategic points of
access to the head. If the opposing forces
seemed relaxed in this atmosphere, the men from
the Citadel had positively found their niche in
Sleep finally came around 00:30. A
uses Cadet Cherlynn Hewitt (second from rt.)
ponders defensive strategies with opposing
forces as they huddle around a desired, but
The training area at Fort Jackson is a
huge, sprawhng tangle of swamps, knob-pine
covered hills and sandy fields strewn with
clumps of grass. The cadets were to be graded
on how well they negotiated different 'lanes' of
opposition in this terrain. One different squad
leader and two team leaders would be chosen for
each new mission. In some cases, the squad
must simply reconnoiter an enemy position and
take inventory of their
supplies and fire-
power. Other mis-
sions, such as a bun-
ker assault or an
ambush, are intended
to instill a more
aggressive spirit in the
reluctant reveille commenced a few hours later,
at 04:30. This was apparently a little later than
some had intended, and various muttered
accusations of someone sleeping through their
watch could be heard. The personnel charged
with supervising the new cadets had been
awake for an hour by then, as preparations
were made to ensure that the day's events will
be enjoyed by all.
The first action at
lane #9 took place at
08:45. This lane is
situated on relatively
open, flat ground with
only a few shrubs and
sand berms for cover.
The 0P-4s positioned
themselves in ready-
made foxholes after
test firing their M-16s.
The M-60 gunner, Luke Maylor, had a difficult
time getting his 'pig' operational. He finally got
the linked ammunition loaded and test fired; he
then burrowed in some pine needles- partially
for cover, mostly for warmth. The 0P-4s knew
approximately when to expect company, and as
the moment neared, they became silent and all
but invisible, waiting for mistakes.
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Lane #9 was supposed to be reconnoi-
tered; if the cadets were compromised, or shot at,
the leader was to 'pop smoke' (throw a smoke
grenade) and withdraw to a rallying point previ-
ously established. Unfortunately, that simply
was not exciting and patriotic enough for some
of the more gung-ho cadets. Members of one
probing team were seen as soon as they snuck
from a treeline; the M-60 gun baixel swung
smoothly, mocking the stealthiness of the young
troops. The silence was not immediately ended,
as the gunner patiently waited for more to
expose themselves. As if on cue, four troops
crossed over onto open ground that promptly
erupted with the "Brbrbrbrrrpppt!" of an M-60.
Out of the foxholes popped three more OP-4
troops, adding to the mock decimation of the
The perimeter was secured, and the
troops gathered in a circle at the rear of the lane
to debrief the mission with Sergeant First Class
Geyer. He told the mission leaders to discuss
their strategy, execution, strengths, and weak-
nesses. "Talk in terms of leadership dimensions,"
the sergeant said. The squads seemed pretty
enthused at first, able to relate their strengths
with ease, and hard pressed to come up with any
shortcomings. Despite running back and forth,
and in one case actually lying, in front of a
machine gun nest without returning fire, the men
and women seemed genuinely surprised at the
news that they are all dead. Out of a possible
grade of excellent, satisfactory or unsatisfactory,
the group got a 'U.' Their long faces were the
first of many; only one of six missions against
lane #9 would prove to be successful.
Gunfire rumbled throughout the forest all
morning. Nearby, a machine gun bunker lay in
wait for increasingly exhausted cadets. At 17:30,
the platoons gathered in an open field and
underwent weapons checks and inspections for
hidden and/or misplaced blanks, which are
apparently a wanted commodity somewhere.
The students' looks told many tales.
Cadet Cantwell from USCS looked at her squad
with an easily concealed smile, lest someone
worry that she enjoyed this all too much. Faces
smeared with black and green showed only a
little exasperation, though stories of lost squads
and unconquered lanes floated over from the
ranks. These looks seemed quite different from
the grim, shell-shocked expressions of the day
before; they speak of rehef, of an experience
gained. These future officers had many more
initiations to face. But tonight, after they
cleaned weapons, underwent training, and
attended muster, they could lie down for a few
hours and reflect upon one completed rite of
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Aside from its more enter-
taining aspects, paintball has seri-
ous applications in the real
world. Corporations use it
to test their employ-
ees' mettle. Fraterni-
ties and sororities go
paintballing to see if
their pledges have what
it takes. When junior
Willis Felkel and I pulled
into Red Fox Games, our
only concern was a few
hours of mindless, yet
We were about to get
what every young
man today wants: a loaded
We began in a section of the
course called the Junkyard Maze.
Old trucks, cars, and various kinds
of farm equipment are strung out
between towers on opposite ends
of the maze. Flags are placed on
top of the towers and each
player has to retrieve the
flag from the opposite tower
and bring it back to the top
of his or her own tower.
^Ve played this game
Here at Red Fox Games, junk has a very
definite purpose. Ducking under a rusty
Volkswagen or behind an ancient
refrigerator can save you a few bruises!
several times and after I shot
Willis in the forehead and he shot
me in the neck, we went to The
Bridge. One player has to prevent
the other from crossing a bridge.
The player who de-
;^^ fends the bridge
^ ^has a bunker right
^beside it and the
/^^player trying to
• cross the bridge only
has fifteen minutes to
do it. Unfortunately
for me, I ran out of
ammunition right in
^ .^ the middle of a
^ ^ game and received
against my back-
side as I tried to
retreat into the forest.
Next came Bull Run. Two
barrels with flags on top of them
are placed in the middle of dense
woods 250 yards apart. The play-
ers have to get the barrel's flag
and return to their own safely.
Weekend Warrior Delight!
An unsuspecting Willis Felkel waits patiently...
After exchanging shots to the
body, we moved on to Fort
Appomattox. One player defends
a three— foot high fort made of
stacked trees with a barrel with a
flag on top. All the other person
has to do is lift the flag off the
barrel after the other player starts
the game from inside the fort.
Willis had to reload during one of
the games and I got him but good.
Exhausted but in good cheer, we
hit the road to return home.
To get to Red Fox Games, take
1-26 towards Colombia and get off
at Exit 22. Take a left and go four
miles, then turn left onto 417.
Continue going straight for two-
and-half miles and turn right onto
Knotwood Road. Take the second
left onto Fowler Road and hang a
left into Red Fox less than a mile
later. If you're looking to have
some good, not— so— clean fun, put
on some old clothes, head for the
woods, and pelt a good friend
with paint pellets.
Our own beloved Sports Editor, Adam Stover,
waits out another line of painthall fire in a
seemingly safe bunker.
• Buy a gift for a friend at
• Eat brunch at the Bayou
• Take a cruise on the
Creole Queen River Boat.
• Go to Lucky Chang's to
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• Wait in Hne to hear
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•Visit the Galerie Simonne
Stern for a look at the Art
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• Take a French Quarter
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Learn Some Lingo
Beignet (bin-YAY): square pastry
smothered in powdered sugar.
Cafe au Lait : beverage that is 1/2
chicory coffee, 1/2 hot milk.
Cajun : People living in Southern LA
bayou country with native French
tongue and distinctive English
Gumbo : Creole soup made with
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Laissez Les Bon Temos Rouler!: Let
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• Have cafe au lait and
beignets at Cafe du Monde.
• See some antique jewelry on
• Lose some money gambling
• Do rubbings of old tomb-
stones in the St. Louis Cem-
• Sit on the quad at Tulane.
• See a Saint's game at the
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• Have a muffaletta at the
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• See the slave quarters at
• Study bayou animals at
the Louisiana Nature and
• Buy a Louis Armstrong poster
at All That Jazz on Decatur
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• Take a class at the Quilt
• See Faulkner House Books,
where the late laureate wrote
his first novel, Soldier's Pay.
• View Civil War weapons at
• Savor a fresh praline fronn
• Buy an antique walking stick
at the Brass Monkey.
• Tr>' the fudge at Gumbo Ya
• See the New Orleans Historic
• Play in Riverwalk Fountain.
• Go to the Jade Room at
• Stuff yourself with crawfish at
• Learn to make a Shrimp
Remoulade at Cajun Cookin'
• Take a good whiff of that
Mississippi River Mud at low
• Have a drink in the revolving
lounge on top of the World
•Try the Looziana Yams at
Rita's Olde French Quarter
•Visit Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras
•Take the Canal Street Ferry
over to Algiers.
• Call the Greater New Orleans
Black Tourism Network.
• Have the signature beef
brisket with horseradish sauce
at Tuj ague's.
• Check out the VIP Lounge at
the Cat's Meow.
• Tour the Tezcuco Greek
• See the Washington Artillery
• Take the Creole Queen Dinner
• See Tony Green's murals at
• See the white alligators at the
• Take a tour of a cypress
• See the Musee Conti Wax
• Dance to a Zydeco jam at the
• Drink a Margarita at Jimmy
A Special Thanks
To my family and friends, especially Mrs. Thoma, who
have believed in me, supported me, and have kept in touch with me
through these college years. ..I thank you. To my friends of South
ly Mom &. Dad, tne Dest Carolina, thanks for the memories! Til see you all again someday!
teachers who I admire and owe / did it!
so much to _ lauri Sacco
My brother, T.J.
My Gramma Clara, me, and my Gramma Florence
My Grampa Tom
My brother-in-law, Tom, my sister, Linda, and
my beautiful nieces, Renee and Nicole
My Grampa John
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