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Happy turtles, happy students

Feeder reinstalled after previous destruction of property
Madison Sharrock
Marine science majors Chloe Alger, sophomore, and Ellie Crane, freshman, use the turtle feeder Nov. 15.

After months of waiting, a quarter slot turtle food dispenser on turtle bridge between the E. Craig Wall College of Business and Prince Lawn was reinstalled after a vandalism incident last fall. 

The Coastal Sea Turtle Club, along with the Student Government Association’s funding and support, set up the feeder and will work to maintain it if further problems arise. 

The idea originally came about in 2016 and was created in memory of the club’s first adviser, late marine science professor Eric Koepfler. It was also dedicated to supplying joy and a service to both visitors and animals at the bridge, before earlier instances of vandalism ruined the original memorial. 

The individual responsible for the turtle feeder vandalism is still unknown. 

Senior Taylor Garretson, president of the Coastal Sea Turtle Club, and junior Lilianna Giuffrida, vice president, continuously supervise the area to ensure these problems will not persist in the hopes of getting another feeder. 

“My goal as president this year is to get it across to our students destroying the turtle feeders. They are destroying school property, and they are not getting anything out of it, and it’s wrong,” Garretson said. 

Although there is currently only one turtle feeder, as opposed to the previous two, there is now a surveillance camera closely aimed at the feeder as a precaution and safeguard against further destruction. 

“I do hope they stay in good condition,” Giuffrida said. “It is such a hassle to have to keep fixing them, and I don’t really know what the appeal is to destroy them and why they do it, but I hope the camera will make a difference.” 

First-time turtle feeder Casandra Ferry, a junior transfer student and criminal justice major shared her thoughts on the situation.  

“It took away time to relax and free time to feed the turtles because technically, these turtles are family at CCU,” she said. 

Marine science majors Chloe Alger, sophomore, and Ellie Crane, freshman, use the turtle feeder Nov. 15. (Madison Sharrock)
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Madison Sharrock, Editor-in-Chief
I am honored to be The Chanticleer's Editor-in-Chief for the 2023-2024 school year. Ever since I joined as a reporter the second semester of my freshman year, I have dreamed of this! Currently, I am a junior communication major with a concentration in interactive journalism with a minor in new media and digital culture. Last year, I served as the Assistant Editor where I learned the ropes of our publication. As Assistant Editor, I won 2nd Place News Story from the South Carolina Press Association with our former editor, Megan Wallace. Additionally, I was named the SCPA's 2023 Frank R. Mundy Scholar, the first ever recognized from Coastal Carolina University. I encourage all students interested in the field of journalism to join The Chanticleer. Not only have I gained an internship-like experience during my time here, but have made some amazing friends and connections along the way.

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