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Political science students bring home awards
December 16 2011
News from the Department of Politics and Geography
South Carolina Student Legislature (SCSL)
The Coastal Carolina University's S.C. Student Legislature Team participated in the statewide competition Oct. 26 to 30, continuing a winning tradition. Each year, students present legislation they have written, introduce that legislation in front of the SCSL House or Senate, debate and vote on bills that will be packaged into a bill book that is presented to the actual S.C. State Assembly, and run for office.
Teams from 11 colleges and universities from across the state competed in this year’s event. CCU student Brandon Reilly was elected to serve as lieutenant governor and was nominated for the Best Senator Award. Taylor Eubanks, SGA president, was nominated as an Outstanding Senior member; and Africa Brown won the award for Best Representative. Of the 12 bills presented by the delegation, 11 of them passed one of the houses; overall, the delegation had an 87 percent passage rate in both chambers.
The SCSL delegation consisted of Nicholas Baldino, Africa Brown (delegation vice-chair), Ian Detweiler, Kelsey Dudley, Taylor Eubanks, Randall Harper, Zachary Linowski, Brandon Reilly, Rebecca Salley, T’ara Smith, Tanner Spurgeon, George Taylor, Tennia Walker and Desmond Wallace (delegation chair).
CCU students were recognized as “Best Large Delegation” in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 competitions.
The Coastal Carolina University Mock Trial Team was awarded the Team Spirit of American Mock Trial Association award at the Robert E. Sanders Mock Trial Invitational Tournament Oct. 29-30 at Eastern Kentucky University.
Mock trial is an activity in which students learn the principles of trial advocacy and then apply those principles as they try a fictitious case. Students learn how to plan, draft and present arguments to the court. Presentations include opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses and closing arguments.
The team spirit award goes to a team that is “outgoing and friendly before and after trial; extremely cordial during the trial; team demonstrated through its behavior (e.g., offering use of exhibits, providing timekeeping devices) a willingness to go beyond the call of duty; a shining example of AMTA’s ideal of civility, fair play and justice.”
The mock trial team consisted of Ryan Carlson, Rachel Gainey (team captain), Sara Ison, Dexter Maple, Danny Mitchell, George Paul, Sarah St. Pierre, Alana Thornton and Andre Williams.
Some 26 teams from around the country competed in this event.
CCU students volunteer to help others
January 6 2012
Here are some fall 2011 highlights from the Office of Volunteer Services.
Feed the Hunger
A group of five students volunteered with Feed the Hunger, a community nonprofit that is committed to helping children in need. CCU students assisted in Feed the Hunger’s pack-a-thon on Oct. 15 at the Sun News in Myrtle Beach. The pack-a-thon was designed to collect nutritious meals that could be shipped to children in the U.S., Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Each packet of food is enough to feed a child for a week. The Myrtle Beach group packed 707 boxes of food, enough to feed 636 school children for the entire year.
Here is a video from the event that even features some CCU students:
Hunger and Homelessness Week
During National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (the week before Thanksgiving), CCU Volunteer Services hosted a Hunger Banquet, with about 50 students in attendance. The Hunger Banquet is an event sponsored by OxFam America, whose mission is to alleviate hunger in the world by spreading the philosophy that hunger is not a lack of resources but rather a lack of distribution. The Hunger Banquet is an interactive meal that encourages people to release their stereotypes and be given a chance to see what it is like to live in another's shoes. It is also known as “The Most Unfair Meal you will ever have.”
Students Taking Active Responsibility (STAR) last semester hosted events and collections that helped: Humane Society, Center for Women and Children, DSS Babysitting, Community Kitchen, Beach Sweeps, Coastal Rescue Mission, Operation Christmas Child, Fostering Hope and the Living Farm.
MAW program has first graduate
January 6 2012
Matthew Fowler is the first student at Coastal Carolina University to complete the Masters of Arts in Writing (MAW) program—a program that began in the Fall 2010 semester. Completing the program in three semesters, Fowler is not only the first graduate of the MAW program, but of a master's program in the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
“I am happy to represent the university and honored to be the first graduate student of Edwards College,” says Fowler. “I feel confident of my future, knowing I have so many great professors and peers as voices to remind me what it is every student strives to do, learn and grow as individuals in order to help others and push humanity forward."
Fowler, a Myrtle Beach native, earned his bachelor’s degree in English in 2007 from CCU. He enrolled in the inaugural semester of the MAW program with a passion for creative writing. While enrolled, he worked as a graduate assistant, managing web content for the Department of English and also reading fiction for “Waccamaw,” CCU’s online literary journal. His essay “Fault Lines” can be seen in Temporary Infinity Press, an online journal, and his self-published debut novel “Ezra Sound: How I Became a Giant” is available in print or as an e-book through Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble. For more information, visit Fowler’s website at www.mwfowler.com.