Dillon Isaac ready to go to work as Claflin’s new SGA president

Dillon Isaac is a junior from Blackville. He was elected 2014-15 SGA president. (Panther photo by Princess Williams)

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And the winners are …
The results from the 2014 SGA election are in. All of the candidates campaigned extremely hard. Here are the winners:
SGA President – Dillon Isaac (Junior)
SGA Vice President – Keydareon Graham (Junior)
SGA Corresponding Secretary – Deysha Miller (Sophomore)
SGA Recording Secretary – Amaiah Henry (Sophomore)
SGA Chaplain – Dorian Dillard (Junior)
SGA Business Manager – Babatunde Sanusi (Sophomore)
Miss Claflin – Lia Holman (Junior)
Mr. Claflin – Ryan Black (Junior)
Miss Homecoming – Isha Conteh (Junior)
The new SGA president, Dillon Isaac, is a biology major minoring in chemistry from Blackville.
When interviewed about the campaigning process, he said, “As the election day came closer, it got more intense. It really encourages you to come out of your shell and increase your visibility on campus.”
When Dillon received the news of his victory, he was excited.
“I got the results at the beginning of a Leadership session, so I had to contain myself for about an hour after receiving the news. As soon as I was free, I called my parents, all of my supporters and responded to all the congratulatory messages.”
The candidate’s plans for the student body were stated in his platform.
“I really want to make Claflin a healthier campus in regards to nutrition and spiritually. I also noticed a deficit when it comes to communication between departments, so I’m extremely excited about bettering the communication between separate departments,” he said.
Isaac is no stranger to leadership. He was freshman class president during the semesters of 2011-12. He’s more than ready to get back to work for the student body.
“Overall, I think it’s a humbling experience to be recognized as a leader of this caliber by my peers. I look forward to putting the necessary work in to make it a memorable academic year.”

CALA-Bash 2014

Claflin students enjoy the electric slide during CALA-Bash. (Panther photo by T'Ara Berry)

CALA-Bash film festival winner finds inspiration in winning twice

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Everybody's a filmmaker today. - John Milius
The annual Calabash film festival took is open to entries from all students at Claflin University.
The purpose of the event is to bring attention to student film-making talent and artistic vision on Claflin's campus.
Students submitted work in two categories: Documentary and Short-Film.
Winners were selected by the number of views on YouTube received in 24 hours.  Cash prizes, certificates and T-shirts were given to the winners.
Following is an interview with a winner from both categories, Imani S. Davis. She is a junior mass communications major concentrating in digital media.

Q: When did you get into videography?
My interest in videography and editing began my freshman year in college. I was always interested in television production since high school, but at that time in my life, I wanted to be a host.

Q: Who inspires you as a film-maker?
I'm inspired by a variety of people, especially my mentor Kalina Harrison. She really took me under her wing when I first began editing and producing videos. But I draw inspiration from everyday life and imagination. Anything exciting, different and fresh, or something impacting my community or environment inspires my film-making. Also, I look up to all African American females in the media industry. Being black and female in the media can be challenging, being a minority by race and gender. I am really fond of Mara Brock Akil, even though she is mainly a writer. But of course the genius Spike Lee is a huge inspiration, as well as any independent film-makers.

Q: Future goals?
My future goals are to open my own production company, as well as become an executive editor or producer for a major network. As long as I'm working in the field, turning thoughts and ideas into reality, I will be content.

Q: What do your achievements at this year's film festival mean to you?
Wow, these achievements mean the world to me. This was actually the first film festival contest I have ever won. It just assures me I'm doing something right and my hard work is paying off. In the past year, I have dealt with setbacks as well as the dreaded word "NO," and was overlooked for awards I thought I deserved. So to win not only once, but twice, was God's way of saying, "Keep going, you're on the right track kid." (laughs) But honestly I'm thankful to have won and I'm beyond thankful to everyone who assisted in my success. I would not have been able to do any of this without the help of God, my dad, and my team! (Team Imani!)

Wind Ensemble celebrates music of Norwegian composer

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The Claflin University Department of Music kicked off CALA-Bash with a concert by the Wind Ensemble on April 7.
The director of the ensemble is Dr. Patrick K. Carney. The CALA-bash concert was a celebration of the music of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
The concert consisted of three compositions; Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 (1888), March of the Trolls from Lyric Suite, Op. 54 (1891), and Olav Trygvason, Op. 50, Scene III.
The Wind Ensemble concert showcased how gifted the students at Claflin truly are.

Easter egg hunt
for young girls,
boys part
of CALA-Bash

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Students from the local boys and girls club attended Claflin University’s afternoon on the lawn on during the Friday of CALA-Bash.
The children arrived by van on April 11 at 4:15 pm. They were then invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt by the Arthur Rose Museum, on campus.
Students excitedly ran and grabbed as many eggs as they could find. A few of the children accidently got into the paint that was used by the art department for its booth.
The children then competed in running through the inflatable obstacle course that was rented by Claflin for the day.
Volunteers were stationed at various locations around campus to ensure the safety of the children.
CALA-Bash is Claflin University’s annual arts and language festival. The entire week of April 7 was devoted to showing off the musical and logical abilities of the university’s students.
Included in the festivities were poetry readings, project presentations, concerts and merchandise vendors.

Boot camp offers lessons in getting media jobs

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Students from five HBCUs went to boot camp on March 29 at South Carolina State University.
The purpose was to learn about jobs and careers in mass communications.
The National Association of Broadcast Journalists and the South Carolina Association of Black Journalists hosted the Multimedia Boot Camp in the Engineering and Computer Science Complex at S.C. State.
The workshop was an opportunity for students from S.C. State, Claflin, Voorhees, Benedict and Allen to come together and speak with professionals in the mass communications field.
First on the agenda was a discussion of finding media jobs.
"It's about how hungry you are to do this," said Leroy Green, Columbia's WLTX News 19 news director and one of the speakers for the event.
Other professionals offering input were Kimberlei Davis of The Times and Democrat and Fraendy Clervaud of Good Day Columbia.
Davis is a reporter for the Orangeburg newspaper and TheTandD.com. She is also a gospel correspondent on 94.5 and is a multimedia journalist.
"You have to start thinking about where God wants you to be," she said.
Fraendy Clervaud is news anchor for WACH Fox's Good Day Columbia. His message: "Utilize your classroom space."
Clervaud is an advocate for being involved in your major. He supports participating in as many activities that your major provides and getting as much experience as you can.
Green talked about how he was denied at a lot of television stations but never gave up on his dream on becoming a news director.
"It's about how hungry you are to do this. You are the future of what journalism is," Green said. He focused on how persistent - "annoying" at times -- and determined you have to be to achieve your goals in life.
Other topics during the event were:
*             "How to Create a Professional Resume and Cover Letter"
*             "Professional Branding and Networking"
*             "Writing for Mass Media: Print and Broadcast"
*             A series of breakout sessions with Mass Media Professionals

Tom Joyner Sky Show takes flight at Claflin

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Four students were recognized Thursday morning at the Tom Joyner Foundation Sky Show at Claflin University.
Each received the Hercules Scholarship for $1,500 paid directly to the university to help offset college expenses. The scholarship is named after radio personality Tom Joyner’s father, the late Hercules Joyner, who was a strong supporter of higher education.
The recipients are: Lorenzo Toland, a senior business administration major from Nesses; Jerame Smalls, a senior business management major from Charleston; Dalton Tresvant, a junior human performance and recreation major from Columbia, and Harold Smith, a freshman business management major from Atlanta.
“It’s truly a blessing to receive something like this,” Tresvant said.
“I really appreciate this. Thank you!” Harold Smith said when he arrived at the podium.
Claflin has been selected as the “School of the Month” by the Tom Joyner Foundation. During March, the university will be collaborating with the foundation to promote Claflin and raise at least $100,000 for the institution’s FOCUS 100 Student Fund.
Tom Joyner is an American radio icon and host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.
The Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month program was created in 1998.
Each year, the foundation chooses 11 historically black colleges and universities which to partner. During the partnership, funds are raised for student scholarships and other necessities for the HBCU. Since 1998, it has raised more than $65 million to keep students enrolled at HBCUs.
Claflin 2011 alumnus and WLTX News 19 reporter Steven Dial hosted the event.
Claflin President Henry N. Tisdale presented more background information on the university’s FOCUS 100 Student Fund.
The fund was created in 2004 to assist students with financial emergencies, the cost of housing, books and tuition fees. The fund allows students to achieve their goals of graduating Claflin while removing the stress of financial burdens and hardships. FOCUS 100 has already contributed to students in need of emergency funding.
“Since the program was established, we’ve jumped from $50,000 to over $250,000,” Tisdale said. “We’re hoping that we’re able to double that.”
“I was able to come to Claflin, because others gave back. Take advantage of this opportunity to help our students. We are about producing visionary leaders. We want to make certain that everyone who desires an education will have the opportunity to receive one,” Tisdale said.

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Olivia Rivers presents her senior thesis: Quorum Sensing Dependent Biofilm Formation in a Serratia marcescens Keratitis Isolate.(Panther photo by Taylor Harris)

Young scientists
Seniors' theses focus
on array of issues

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Seniors at Claflin University presented their Undergraduate STEM presentations at the Research Symposium on Saturday, March 22. 
The students came prepared to present their theses to a crowd of students, faculty and staff.  Two of those presentations were given by Amakia Gibson and Olivia Rivers. 
Amakia Gibson is a senior biochemistry major from Columbia. Her thesis is titled Metabolism During Cold Exposure in Drosophila Melanogaster. 
Amakia's experiments involved working with fruit flies. The goal was to see how fruit flies are able to survive in cold temperatures and that relates to humans. 
Another presentation was given by Olivia Rivers. Her thesis is titled Quorum Sensing Dependent Biofilm Formation in a Serratia marcescens Keratitis Isolate. 
Olivia is a senior from Richland County. She studied the eye condition called Keratitis and the question of whether it is connected to the extended wear of contact lenses. 
Additional presenters were: Michalee Webb -- Recovery of Salmonella serovar Enteritidis from inoculated broiler hatching eggs using shell rinse and shell crush sampling methods; Angelina Hargrove -- Determining Soil Retention Properties to Better Cultivate Plants in Microgravity; Shaniqua Tisdale -- The Effect of miRNA on Hepatitis C Virus Replication; and Hannibal Black -- Optimization of Photochemical Synthesis of Ceria Nanocrystals Using Plug-Flow Reactor.

Budding inventor, 'Shark Tank' winner proves he means business

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“That was a stupid move. You should play ball to get to college.”
Michael Devore recalls his peers saying just that after he revealed that he no longer wanted to play basketball for Wade Hampton High School.
Devore was born and raised by a single mother in the Lowcountry town of Hampton. In a place where most young African-American males are expected to succeed through the route of athletics, Devore chose to be an exception.
“I told people I didn’t want to play basketball. I wanted to focus on my academics.” A lot of people did not support that decision.
But by Devore’s senior year of high school, he had earned a full scholarship to Claflin University for his outstanding academics.
The 20-year-old budding inventor and entrepreneur is a business administration major with a minor in mass communications. He has created his own brand, known as “Visionary Mike.”
Just a few of his achievements are: member of the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College, the first student from Claflin to receive the Institute for Responsible Citizenship Scholarship and member of the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society.
Devore is also the mastermind behind the winning business plan at Claflin’s inaugural Entrepreneurship “Shark Tank” Business Competition.
Students were to assemble in teams of 2-4. The purpose of the competition was to promote collaborations and showcase the talent Claflin has.
Devore’s team members were management major Brandolyn Mack, chemistry major Maame Addo and accounting major Linh Tong.
The title of their plan was “InstaPrintz.”
“It allows you to print anywhere at any time using smart phones without the need of a costly printer. The software component of InstaPrintz has a unique advertising feature for local businesses, international businesses and universities that can allow 100 percent of their advertisements to be seen by their targeted customers,” Devore said.
“Businesses lose millions of their advertisement investments down the drain each year through television and radio commercials because their targeted consumers can change the station or channel and not see your advertisement,” he said.
Devore came across the idea on a random day while researching technology.
“I created this business plan about a year ago,” he said. “This competition gave me the opportunity to showcase it.”
The InstaPrintz team won a grand prize of $5,000.
“We are definitely looking forward to competing in more business competitions in the future.”
The team is currently waiting on a response from Rice University about competing for a million-dollar prize on April 10.
“I love the positivity that I’m receiving from the students on campus, and all the support that I’m receiving from my friends and teachers,” Devore said.

Enjoy a little spring
with Claflin students

Sophomore Drequan Thomas enjoys a springtime moment on the yard. (Panther photo by Shaketa Maiden-Harley)

Forget the cold, signs of spring are everywhere on campus. (Panther photo by Phillip Ellis)

“Spring is definitely my favorite season; for one, because I was born in spring in the month of May. And two, in spring it's not too cold and it's not too hot. I am definitely excited about spring. I am ready for this weather to start warming up and stay warm, because this cold weather one day and warm weather the next day is really annoying, and I don't know if I should dress warm or not.” -- Dannieka Cuttino (Photo of Dannieka Cuttino by Kyree Simon/The Panther)

Jackie Pleasant and Chari Zhane-Langley enjoy the second day of spring (March 21) at Claflin. (Panther photo by Ashley J. White)

Kacy Haynes says "Spring is such a beautiful time of year. People can express themselves and show how fabulous they really are." (Panther photo by Taylor Harris)

"Spring is definitely here! The flowers are blooming, along with nice cool breezes and it's warm enough to sit outside to star gaze. I was born in the spring month of March and it's also probate season. Shout out to my baby Ks," Chelsi Pinkett says. (Panther photo by T'Ara Berry)

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