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www.The( olumblaStar.com fighters storln See page 4 Growing plants and entrepreneurs See pages 8 and 9 See page 10 See page 12 See ,page B20 I I I Columbia's locally owned weekly newspaper since 963 Vol. 46 No. 23 South Carolina March 27, 2009 Contributed by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands Speak is a 2004 inde- pendent film based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Laurie Halse Anderson. Kristen Stewart, of Ih, ilight, stars as Melinda Sordino, a high school freshman who becomes silent after being raped by an upperclassman. The film is told through Melinda's eyes and is a great discus- sion movie for parents and teens. It is recommended for teens aged 13+ and will be shown in Finlay Park The month of April has been designated as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in South Carolina as well as nationally. The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence (focusing on sexu- al assault and rape) and to educate communities and individuals about how to prevent sexual violence. The theme of this year's Awareness Month is "Step Forward, Take a Stand Against Rape." Statistics have shown that one in four women will be sexually assaulted before they are age 18 and that one in six men will be sexually assaulted. www.stsm.org or 790-8208/stsm@stsm.org. For 24-hour crisis assis- tance call 803-771-RAPE (7273) or 1-800-491-RAPE. By Mimi M. Maddock mimim@sc.rr.com Would the southern gentlemen of the past approve of the new beard- ed men of today? Accord- ing to Paul D. Roof, sociol- ogy professor at Charleston Southern University and commander of the Holy C|ty Beard and Moustache Society, the full blown beard is back -- the epic, mythical, legendary, enor- mous beard people only see on wizards. Is this the ~ew men's revolution? Are men throwing away their razors like women burned their bras in the 60s? In the United States, up and to the Civil War many famous heroes and generals had significant beards, but before Abra- ham Lincoln, no president had a beard, and no presi- dent has worn facial hair since William H. Taft. Dur- ing WWI the military had to shave their beards to wear gas masks. Head lice also entered into this decision and advertising by Gillette set the standards for no facial hair. Until the 1960s beards in the U.S. were vir- tually ~Onexistent; howev- er, following the Vietnam War, beards returned with stars such as The Beatles and the male members of Peter, Paul, and Mary. From the 1990s on the fashion changed to a cropped goat- ee or a closely cropped" beard. Roof took his last shave in August of 2004. In 2006, he read an article about a beard and mous- Above: a competitor of Paul Roof's in NewYork. Right: Paul Roof, commander of the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society. Below: Members of the HCBMS enjoy a pub night with tache club in North Caroli- na and that led to the cre- ation of the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society and the South Carolina Beard & Moustache Association (www.myspace.com/holyci- tybeardsociety). The HCBMS is an offi- cial chapter of the Beard Team USA. According to Roof, the group in Charleston has been up and rt/nning pub nights and charity events for over two years. The soci- ety hosted a back-to-school night in August and collect- ed supplies for a local underserved school, canned goods for Lowcoun- try Foodbank, and chil- dren's books and pajamas for Lowcountry orphans. Roof was home in Columbia January 24, 2009 for the World Beer Festival. After the festival, the first annual SC Beard & Mous- tache Association met at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery that Saturday evening to set up the Capital City Beard group. Roof personally com- peted in the NYC Beard & Moustache Championships March 14 in Brooklyn, New York in the Full Beard cate- gory. Contestants were divided into eight cate- gories including Full Beard, Natural, Goatee, Sideburns, and the newly popular Recession Beard.They were judged on their beard pro- portions and personalities. Roof and his wife will be attending the World Beard & Moustache Cham- pionships in Alaska in May. The Columbia Star is published every Friday by The Star~ In ,at7z3Quem Cohnn SC z9zo5 Periodicals paid at Cohmbia, SC. (USPS 614-Izo) POSTMAS- TER: Send address changes to The Columbia Star, P. O. Box 5955, Columbia, SC :.9250 Tel. 8o3-77I-o219 From Shandon Memories Chicora College began as the Presbyterian Institute for Women in 1890 and was located in the Hampton- Preston Mansion. Thirty years later, the college's enrollment increased signifi- cantly and plans were made to move it to a larger site in Shandon. The 55 acre campus located between King, Hard- en, Heyward, and Wheat S~eets was purchased from- Dr. William B. Burn~, chem- istry professor at USCi in 1921 for $169,200. The! $2 million plan called for 29 buildings including fireprpof dormitories, three two stOW houses for professors, and three bungalows for profes- sors. In 1925, the corner- stone for the main structure, Columbia Hall, was lard. Four faculty residences were completed and occupied and a fifth was under con- strucfion. In 1927 Chicora's enrollment decreased to 244 because opportunities pro- vided for women at USC were more plentiful and less expensive. With the stock On March 24 Bill Blake showed where Corley Construction Company uncovered the foun- dation of one of the buildings of Chicora College on the 2300 block of Duncan. The foundation' (shown above) had to be broken up by a wrecking ball (below) in order to lay the new pipe. Photos by Mimi M. Maddock market crash of 1929, the project was abandoned. Within a year, the college closed, teachers were released, and all assets liqui- dated, The faculty homes that were built were sold. The college merged with Queens College and relocated to Charlotte in 1930. The completed homes were located at 207, 325, and 411 King Street and 2431 Heyward Street (then called Lower Avenue). They axe still standing and occupied. The Columbia Star 803-771-0219 P Box 5955 Columbia, SC 29250 www.TheColumbiaStar.com