Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mallory Frankel, a CofC Communicaton Student at the Forefront of the Battle Against Animal Abuse

CofC Junior Mallory Frankel

“I was working with some really dramatic things over the summer. Once I picked up a story about a pit bull that got beat on the head with a brick.” College of Charleston junior Mallory Frankel, a 20-year-old student from the town of Bethesda, Md. made a huge difference in fighting animal cruelty this summer with her internship at the Humane Society.

Frankel is a communication major at the College of Charleston. What makes her so unique is that she has found a way to combine her passion for animals and her career aspirations in the communication field. Frankel aims to work in public relations after graduation, and was fortunate enough to get the chance to work as a media relations intern for the Humane Society in Washington this past summer.

The Humane Society is an organization that focuses its efforts on advocating laws for the better treatment of animals. As an intern for this organization, Frankel had the chance to work on several impactful projects. One of her biggest assignments were press statements on the case of Charla Nash, who made headlines after she was almost mauled to death by a chimpanzee and had to undergo a face transplant. She also helped set up a press conference about a bill that went through the House of Representatives and senate about the interstate trade of exotic species. 

Working at the Humane Society opened Frankel’s eyes as to what it is really like to work in public relations. Some of Frankel’s stories were even picked up by the Associated Press, a great honor. She envisions herself furthering her work at the Humane Society after graduation. “I learned a lot about how media works in today's world and the benefits of working in a nonprofit,” Frankel said. “I also really liked that people could bring their dogs into work with them, it was nice to be surrounded by some of the animals we were protecting.”

As a result of working so actively with animal welfare, Frankel has recently become a vegetarian; a practice which she says is common among those who work for the Humane Society. “I never thought I would like tofu, but it wasn't as hard as I thought,” Frankel said. One of her favorite places to eat in Charleston is Co restaurant, a venue that has several tofu options.

Now that Frankel is back in Charleston, S.C. for the school year, she continues to further her active involvement in the community. She is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority, on which she serves on the Academic Excellence Committee. Her favorite things to do in Charleston include exploring new places, running around the local parks, and reading at The Battery.

 Being from out of state, the biggest difference Frankel notices about Charleston culture is that people seem to be more obsessed with race than they are back at home. Her hometown is near Washington and has a much more diverse population, so race is less of a discussed topic there according to Frankel. “People [in Charleston] seemed a little backwards. Took me off guard,” Frankel said.

With animal abuse becoming a growing concern in the United States, the cause for improving their living conditions could not have a better advocate than Mallory Frankel. With what she has already done for the Humane Society and the goals she has set for the future, Frankel’s peers and mentors at the College of Charleston will certainly be cheering for this aspiring young woman on her way to success.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell Speaks on the Future of the School

CofC President Glenn McConnell

It’s no small matter that in the past year there has been big controversy over the appointment of Glenn McConnell as College of Charleston’s new president. Numerous students and faculty protested his hire, angry at the presidential search committee that was paid thousands of dollars only to appoint someone the majority did not approve of. Just do a quick search on Twitter of his name and you can observe all the distaste the community still has for the new president today. Journalist Quintin Washington recently conducted an interview with McConnell, in which the president shed light on his recent actions to better the college in spite of the negativity he has received.

McConnell seems to be earnestly committed to making CofC a better school, and he started doing this through the athletics program. Almost immediately on the president’s first day in office, he met with the school’s basketball team and set his focus on them. Not long after, he hired local basketball coach Earl Grant as the head coach for the men’s basketball team. McConnell believes that Grant has what it takes to bring the team to the next level. “Earl Grant is such a commodity to the college, it’s impossible not to look forward to the future,” McConnell said.

Another hot topic issue at CofC has been whether the college will be renamed as “The University of Charleston.” McConnell also puts the facts straight concerning this matter in the interview. He explains that the college’s name will remain The College of Charleston for undergraduate degrees, and will offer doctorate degrees as a part of the college under the title of The University of Charleston. “The University is a component of the college, the college is not a component of the university,” McConnell explained. There was much worry in the community over the college’s potential name change, which can now be put to rest with the changes McConnell made.

Diversity is another key issue McConnell says he is tackling at College of Charleston. “The position I have always taken is a mutual respect for people’s differences,” McConnell said. In recent years the minority ratio at the college has dropped from 8.8 to 6.6 percent. He plans to raise number of minorities at the school by implementing the “10 percent concept,” which means that students in the top 10 percent of their high school class in the 3 surrounding areas will automatically be admitted to the college. The president also plans to reach out to a few other counties with low socio-economic complexions and help integrate them into a more diverse student body.

Glenn McConnell, though controversial in his presidency, is taking steps to create a better college. “We have this great liberal arts and sciences institution that will continue now to chart its own future, rather than be shaped by the future,” McConnell said. He makes important decisions on a daily basis, many of which he shares on his twitter page. Only time will tell if he will successfully lead The College of Charleston to a brighter tomorrow.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Midterm Stress? Melissa Hortman Delivers Key Advice for Better Test-Taking

Eat, study, sleep, and repeat. Does this sound a lot like your daily routine? Now that midterms have arrived here at CofC, many students are finding themselves stressed over studying for their exams. And for several people, the studying and test taking methods that they have used in the past may not be working as well in the more strenuous college setting. Is all hope lost for our GPAs? Never fear, the Center for Student Learning is here!

Melissa Hortman gives test-taking tips
Melissa Hortman, the study skills coordinator for CSL, hosted a “better test-taking” seminar this past Friday and shared with students all the essentials for acing those pesky midterms. In her lecture, she stressed the importance of developing certain habits while studying and testing.

The first step to better studying is to find a place that has the least amount of distractions so you will be as focused as much as possible on the material. Next, it’s recommended that you challenge yourself while reviewing. If you feel like you are breezing through the material, chances are you are not retaining it well. “Think of it like being at the gym,” Hortman said. “You should be mentally sweating when studying.”

Preparing as early as possible is another important tip. Many students cram right before tests, which is bad because our brains won’t retain the information as well. Spaced practice with material helps enable retention in the long-term memory. It is also advised that you make practice tests, as simply re-reading info has been historically proven to be ineffective.

Students attending the study skills seminar
It is equally important that you be prepared while taking the test as well. Don’t go into the test in a sour mood. “If you go into a test with a positive attitude, you will do on average ten percent better,” Hortman said. To recall the information you studied best, first write down anything you can remember on the test. Make sure to take your time, and review when finished.

The Center for Student Learning is a great resource for students. It is located on the first floor of Addlestone Library, and completely free of charge. CSL offers many other seminars like this one throughout the year, along with free tutoring for almost any subject. Students have reported significant improvement through their involvement with CSL. “I got some good info from this seminar,” said attendee Mitchell Hill. “What she said made sense and I have confidence I’ll do better on tests now.”

Another good thing is that the seminars won’t take up much of your time, lasting about 30 minutes each. So if you find yourself stressed from tests, take advantage of all that the Center for Student Learning has to offer! There’s nothing better than a quick, easy and free way to do better in college!