Vol. 96 Issue 11
Barton College’s Newspaper since 1927
Apr. 10, 2020
Barton College commencement will go on By K .J. Askew Senior Writer After long deliberation, Barton college has decided to continue with it’s planning of providing the students with a commencement ceremony.However, it will be held at a later date. Students were informed of the college’s commencement plans through a letter from the president of the college, Douglas Searcy: “Commencement will be postponed until the end of Fall Semester 2020. The date for the commencement ceremony will be announced in the upcoming weeks. Postponing the commencement does not impede students from graduating. All students who have applied for graduation and met graduation requirements will receive their Barton diplomas by mail at the end of the spring semester in May.” The distribution of diplomas will be overseen by Barton College Registrar Sheila Milne. Milne and her colleagues will manage the distribution and communicate with students about it. Dr. Gary Daynes, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs assures that the commencement proceeding was essential to Barton’s administration from the start. “All of the faculty and staff responsible for parts of commencement came together a week ago and created three proposals for commencement. I then took those recommendations to
the Senior Staff of the college. That group, led by the president, made a couple of decisions: First, we were not going to cancel commencement under
celebrate their accomplishments. We will know more about what that outreach looks like as the beginning of May draws closer,” said Daynes.
any circumstances. It is too important to cancel. Second, we should postpone commencement until a time when we could host it on campus and have graduates and their families enjoy it,” said Daynes. There are plans for President Searcy to deliver some form of personal action to the seniors during this unusual time for us all. “He loves Barton’s students and wants to support, encourage, and
As the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Daynes has an affinity for his duties at the annual commencement ceremony. The coronavirus has hindered that. “I am saddened that we cannot have commencement. One of my privileges is to read the names of all students when they come to the college at the ceremony of Naming and Induction. Then, I read all of the names of the graduates at commencement.
Doing that is meaningful to me—it reminds me how the college, for a few short years, shapes the lives of students. But it also reminds me the many ways in which students shape my life and the life of the college,” said Daynes. The coronavirus adds an educational side to the postponement of commencement. “We will learn many things from postponing commencement. We might figure out more efficient and effective ways to hold the event. We will learn how to integrate all the other activities around commencement, so they work better together. And we will re-commit to the core aspects of commencement, so that the conclusion of a student’s time at Barton is marked by that important ritual,” said Daynes. While the coronavirus continues to increase the worries the lives of millions around the world it is a beacon of hope that Barton college leaders are doing their responsibility of ensuring a safe and educational environment for all students during this time. During this time of remote learning for students at home and those unable to leave campus, Barton College’s Coronavirus Task Force continues to provide education and safety against this pandemic. The task force is composed of 11 Barton college’s staff. Both senior See commencement page 6
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Editor in Chief Zach Hill Assistant Editor Katherine Lindfors Arts & Entertainment Editor Shannon Baker Art Director Hannah Price Assistant Art Director Whitney Joyner Senior Writer K.J. Askew Staff Hillary Geary Nick Horton Rachel Levine Jakob Ryan Trey Scoggins Lisandro Torresani
The Collegiate promotes writers to new leadership roles
The Collegiate has announced promotions for several staff members. The new roles are effective immediately and will carry into the Fall 2020 semester. Senior Katherine Lindfors, a Mass Communications major (Public Relations) from Summeville, S.C., has been promoted from Correspondent to Assistant Editor. Junior Debbie Herrera, from Selma, is double majoring in Photojournalism and Mass Communications Studies, is moving to Photography Editor. Junior Shannon Baker of Wilson, a Mass Communications major (Journalism and Audio Technology),
has been promoted from Staff Writer to Arts & Entertain Editor. Junior Kenyon “KJ” Askew, Jr. of Colerain, N.C., a Mass Communications major (Broadcast Journalism), has been promoted from Staff Writer to Senior Writer. “These promotions are recognition of the good work these students are doing,” said Assistant Professor of Communications Michael Brantley, The Collegiate Adviser. “Lindfors has helped behind the scenes. Herrera’s love is photography and will excel in her new role. Baker has a knack for the story.
Askew has a willingness to pursue stories that won’t be easy and handles them well.” Other members of the leadership team are Editor Zach Hill, a senior Mass Communications major (Journalism) from Holly Springs, N.C.; Art Director Hannah Price, BFA (Graphic Design); and Assistant Art Director Whitney Joyner. “Everyone has really stepped up during this unusual time for the College,” Brantley said. “These additions, along with the other leaders and all the students who work on The Collegiate have me excited about the possibilities. We hope more students will want to join us and help us grow.”
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Students cope with quarantine, online classes By Shannon Baker Art & Entertainment Editor Barton’s campus has been closed for two weeks now due to COVID-19. Many students have moved out of their dorms and returned home. The culinary center has remained open for takeout and the library still allowed students to come in to use the services available. The biggest impact that COVID-19 has had on students has been the adjustment to online classes. Though the semester has gone in a different direction than expected, students are still finding ways to effectively complete their work. Freshman Sarah Baker and senior Brittany Alston have both been able to continue successfully with the sudden switch. “At the start of the week I go through all of my classes on Canvas and type on the sticky note app on my laptop what I have to do, and the due dates for that week. That way when I open my laptop, the reminders are the first things I see,” said Alston. She said she gets a lot of satisfaction from completing assignments. “I love when I get to erase them off my todo list. It’s nice to watch my list get smaller and smaller as the week goes on,” she said. Baker said that the extra time she has now gives her the opportunity to take a second look at
what she struggled with earlier in the semester. “I have time to work on things that actually matter in each class that I don’t understand. I have time to study things that I didn’t understand before,” said Baker. She also said that it was difficult to stay on task without a schedule. “I’m finding that its easy to get distracted by my phone, TV, or just wanting to drive around Wilson.” Like many other students, they have found things to do in order to keep themselves occupied. “I’ve been driving around the country in Wilson, playing pickle ball, and walking around Lake Wilson...mostly stuff outside and away from people,” Baker said. Alston has been watching a movie every day for 819 days, so she has continued to do that during the quarantine. She keeps track of the movies she watches on Instagram and Facebook. “I watch one movie a day and during that time I try to have that as me-time and just relax... I also go outside with my dog, Walrus. My parents have a big front yard so we can run around and play catch,” said Alston. She has also used this time to be
with family and her pets. “My cats keep me pretty entertained. We play with laser pointers. Rachel and Walrus are best friends so they will run around the house together and that’s pretty funny to watch. And some nights I play video games with friends and family,” said Alston. Other students have taken this to care for family members and do things around their homes that they haven’t had the opportunity to do before. “I’ve just been doing what I can to help my family, particularly my grandparents, if they can’t get out to get the bare necessities. My dad and I have spent this time making repairs to my house that we haven’t had time for until now,” said freshman Doug Flora. He has also continued to complete assignments online and doing his part to stop the spread of COVID-19. He hopes that his won’t affect Barton’s first football season, as he and the team have been highly anticipating it. “I’ve spent most of my time inside doing my schoolwork and practicing the good ‘social distancing’ everyone has been going on about. Hopefully that’ll prevent the cancellation of my season next year,” said Flora. Barton is still encouraging students to abide by social distancing guidelines.
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New faith cohort examines faith in public life By Nicholas Horton Staff Writer Barton College is currently working on a new faith cohort to begin in the academic year of 2020. This cohort relates to faith and religion and how students will learn through everyday life how it is intertwined in everyone. This unique cohort will be open to all students that apply and students do not even have to have a religion that they identify with to be a part of this new and exciting cohort. The person orchestrating and leading in the development in this new cohort for Barton is Vice President for Enrollment Management Dennis Matthews. Matthews, who oversees the offices of admissions, financial aid, public relations, publications, and web services and social media for Barton College, wanted to establish a cohort on the campus that taught students how
faith is involved in the real world. “We want to broaden students aspects of faith in life in the real world outside of Barton, and expose students to faith and ideas that they are not normally in contact with or that they know of.,” said Matthews. Matthews and Barton also hope to involve other cohorts in the educational and Barton experience that these new faith cohort students will experience. Matthews wants the cohort to learn from others on campus not only how they apply faith in their college life but also life outside of college as well. “We hope that different cohorts get involved with this new cohort as an opportunity. The leadership cohort could learn and grow together with this faith cohort. They could study faith in leadership,” said Matthews. Students who are accepted into this new faith
cohort for the upcoming academic year should be prepared to learn of faith in ways that they have never imagined before. Learning from other cohorts, organizations relating to faith, and even religious professors will allow for this cohort to truly have a unique educational experience. Anyone is welcome to apply into this new cohort as well. “We have envisioned it to be centered around “Faith in Public Life,” that allows a wide variety of people to contribute faith in public life. It is not limited to people who identify with a specific faith, and open to all.” They will learn of public policy in health and other factors that faith interjects into certain things.,” said Matthews. Questions about this exciting cohort or how to get involved? Students can contact Dennis Matthews at firstname.lastname@example.org .
allows the college to make decision regarding the safety of its students and employees. “After the meeting, I am able to give an update of what the government now know and if they may be a concern to the business of the college and/or to students still on campus who are unable to return home. We cover all the different areas and departments on campus,” said High. The college is currently in the monitor phase. “We are making sure that decisions made are going well and looking over if those things are doing good. As the task force we make suggestions to the senior staff of the college and then we learn of what they want to do to proceed,” said High. While students are at home, employees of the college and on-campus students are practicing all of the tips to combat the virus. Health services on campus are staying in contact with all students remaining on campus. Those services have provided education to students and employees on the common tips of washing hands, not touching your face and ensuring that they understand the importance of social distancing. “Health services are helping obtain medicines that students need but, can’t pick up themselves and we are making sure they have medical supplies that they need, like thermometers among other things,” said High.
Barton College’s physical plant continues to disinfect as they did before the coronavirus outbreak. Even though majority of the students have returned home, the college is still running operations on campus and ensuring that they provide the best cleaning services to help combat the coronavirus. High wants students to understand that the college is doing everything it can to keep pushing forward during this time. “This is a unique time in education, and it is important to be kind and patient. The President and senior staff of the college are working hard to ensure the best decisions are made in regard to the health and well-being of our students,” said High. Seniors are on the fence about commencement. While it doesn’t bother some, for others it is frustrating for their “exit” to be postponed. Daynes understands the frustration but wants students to stay positive during this time. “I understand their frustration. I wish we had a better option—one that worked for every student who was to graduate in May. But there just wasn’t one. Of course, no student has to come to commencement, and I suspect that many won’t be able to return. But I hope that every single student who can, comes back to Barton and celebrates their achievements with us,” said Daynes.
Commencement Continued from page 1 and non-senior personnel serve on the task force. Jennifer High is the Executive Director of Student Health Services and serves as Chair of the task force. “The task force was put in place because of preparing. We were preparing for the college to response in the first phase, preparation. As the coronavirus threat increased, we had to quickly transform into an action phase. We were informed that it was in Wilson, so now we have to keep both our Barton community and outside community safe,” said High. High goes on to why it is so important for the campus to take these actions. “We are the size of the town Black Creek, which means we have to be self-sufficient and make the best decisions for our “little town” during any national disaster,” said High. The coronavirus task force meets daily and they go over a detailed agenda. “As the virus was now in Wilson, we developed a partnership with Wilson County Health department. I have the privilege of being able to attend a weekly meeting every Tuesday at 1 p.m. During this time, I am able to listen to updates from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services,” said High. The Department of Health and Human Services
HERO Quest Cohort combines video games and education By K .J. Askew Senior Writer New opportunities are emerging at Barton College. The School of Humanities has been hard at work to create a new cohort for students at Barton College. The cohort is named HERO Quest. HERO is an acronym that stands for History, English, Religion, cOhort. HERO Quest is an academically based cohort that’s going to draw on the strengths from the faculty in the School of Humanities to help emphasize the understanding between gaming and humanities. “A lot of the games today like Call of Duty and many other famous games come from historical events and ideas of past culture.” said Dean of the School of Humanities Dr. Elizabeth Kiser. The cohort has a deeper agenda with games than it presents. “Many people like to play games, but a lot of people like to understand where those games come from. The idea is for students to leave the cohort with actually having created their own game,” said Kiser. The idea of the cohort actually originated from another university. “I was given an article that someone had written about a
cohort at Clemson University named “Great Books Cohort” at their School of Humanities, where the students ended with a political science minor,” said Kiser. Dr. Elizabeth Kiser, Dr. Katie Deale, and Dr. Sean McCauley had the idea to create their own cohort at Barton for the School of Humanities. “We brainstormed a lot and ended up somehow on this topic of gaming somehow. I believe that we came across gaming because of the intro of ESports to Barton. We thought “wow,” everyone loves to play games so why not look at it from the other side of the screen,” said Kiser. Before they could go through with the process of creating the cohort, they had to get a consensuses from the School of Humanities. “We had to take the idea before the School of Humanities to get their blessing. After we received their blessing, we then hard to create the minor and core sequence,” said Kiser. The cohort caused for three additional classes to be created: HUM150 - Stories that matter. This course will focus on contemporary culture (books & movies) stories told by historical religion. Overall, to look at the values of contemporary culture. “The backdoor to humanities,
the roots,” said Kiser. HUM250 – Matter of Perspective. This course is narrative focused. Specific tone or theme and how it can be analyzed through different disciplines. “For example, the Trojan War. Students would answer the question of “What is it?”, “How is it related to religion?”, and “How is it seen in literature?”” said Kiser. HUM350 – Ideas at Play.Students are going to draw from all the upper level humanities courses that they have learned and craft a final project while incorporating elements of History, English, and Religion. “This for students to understand broadly what the humanities are then understand how one event would be viewed from History, English, and Religion,” said Kiser. The cohort plans to do events like game night, screenings, and will talk about what the student are doing in their class and how it connects with the cohort. At the end, they plan for the students to have a thesis paper written or some sort of document that they take away from the cohort. “We’re really excited and actually want to open the cohort up to more students on campus who may not
necessarily be in a major of the school of humanities. It will be a great opportunity to add to their portfolio,” said Kiser. The cohort is not just confined to the students of the School of Humanities. “If you’re a student on campus with a different major and are just interested in the humanities minor, you do not have to create a game for the final project. For example, if you are an Art major, you could create a graphic novel.” said Kiser. The cohort has the overall goal to educate students on just how valuable their education of humanities is in the world. “Employees under the value of hiring someone with a Humanities degree because they understand that they are good communicators and good critical thinkers,” said Kiser. Students will carry a valuable lesson from their experience in the cohort. “Hopefully students will leave with an understanding of humanities and what it offers.Students need to understand how their lives and culture today relate to the events and ideas of the past, to help them understand themselves and others. We (as in the School of Humanities) are a part of students’ lives in so many aspects but, they don’t get it.”
Christ+ brings together LGBTQ+ and Christian communities By Kayla Jimenez Correspondant On Feb 14, Barton College held its first meeting for Christ+, a student-led group designed for LGBTQ+ Christians and allies to deepen their faith through discussions and devotions. The meeting was held in the Howard Chapel and was led by Chaplain David Finnegan-Hosey. The group was created after student conversation came out from the safe zone training that is held every month about having a place where the LGBTQ+ and their allies can have a safe discussion about their faith and how it is like to
be a part of the LGBTQ+ community and being a christian as well. “Some LGBTQ students had grown up in church and some had positive and negative experiences,”said Finnegan-Hosey The meeting started with a song, which was then followed by a devotion and a discussion designed for students to feel more comfortable. Attendees shared stories and laughter throughout the meeting. The meeting concluded with prayers and music and students were encouraged to stay back and enjoy snacks that were provided at the end of the meeting.
Kerri Kinard, who is a member of Christ+, believes that the program has been very helpful for students on campus “ I believe that the program has been very helpful for many, not just myself. Christ+ is a place where anyone is welcome and it’s not just an organization full of people who are part of the LGBTQ plus but for those who support them. Christ+ is just a place where anyone and everyone can be themselves,” said Kinard. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, meetings are being held through Zoom every friday. For more information, contact Chaplain David Finnegan-Hosey or Kerri Kinard.
Amanda Maynard: a new face and helping hand on campus By Hillary Geary Staff Writer Barton College’s Amanda Maynard incorporates years of working gerontology experience into her courses and helps students work through trying times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using empathy and scripture, Maynard’s life’s calling is to teach and also learn from her students. “I always had this drive to speak to people, and that’s why gerontology fit for me because I could talk to people and I could help them think and work through their problems. This subject is close to my heart; after 13 years of professional work and out in the aging field I feel really connected with older adults. I have had lots of experience talking to groups of people of all types on different committees and serving the public. I like the platform of teaching; if you could describe my teaching in one word it’s learning. I’m a teacher that likes to learn from my students and I like dialogue. I like to ask a question and receive information back. I get into discussions with students where they blow my mind and I’ve learned something new so I never feel like I’m coming in to just be the boss and tell everyone what they need to know, I feel like it’s a give and take sort of opportunity. The dynamic of learning is what I like to bring to the classroom as far as learning from each other. I try to make sure that the content and assignments in my class can be tailored to each person individually so that they can come in and get something from it to take with them in life. I knew teaching was what I wanted to do with my degrees and as soon as I set foot in that classroom; I realized that I had had met my purpose in life so I absolutely enjoy teaching at Barton College. “It made perfect sense to me to come back to where I came from and I have a kindred spirit with the students because I have sat in the same seat- I think they’re actually still the same seats from 13 years ago! 13 years sounds
like a long time, but it really feels like yesterday to me. I remember what it was like to be overwhelmed and I remember what it’s like to be in nursing school and the anxiety I had about switching my major and what was I going to do in this thing called life. I feel very kindred with the students that I talk to and who I teach. I lived in Hilley all five years that I was on campus, so I know what the dorm life is like. I think it’s nice that I can relate so well with students, and I’m also pretty spiritual and religious so a part of my teaching is using scripture to inspire students. In 2017 I rededicated my life to Christ and so I’ve found my purpose and part of that purpose was coming to Barton college and being on your campus and meeting students and teaching. A verse that I have always lived by and that has mattered to me since that point is a scripture, Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him’. I’ve been called according to His purpose, so for me teaching isn’t about me it’s about my students first, but it’s also about God’s purpose in my life. Teaching all of you and being on this campus is bigger than me-it’s God’s purpose-so I always like to share that with my students. I’m still open minded and I’m there as a resource for students if they’re going through times that are discouraging or crazy or have anxiety,” said Maynard. Maynard teaches FYS, Gerontology 101: Aging, the Individual and Society, 240: Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Aging, 440: Family Caregiving in Dementia, 330: The Aging Network, Gen 301: The Silver Tsunami, Gen Capstone, Professional Studies Courses and Freshman Advising. She enjoys teaching students about how Gerontology can be applied to any major or career path. “I teach everything; I see a different variety of students all day long and I have to transition my brain from working with freshman to working with juniors who have been there and done that. And then I go to my night
class and I’m teaching nontraditional students who have issues like childcare and grandparents raising grandchildren and all of those different delicate matters. In the beginning of my courses I always start out with having students share their name and major and that sort of thing but then I also give some information about me. “I graduated from Barton College in 2007. Dr. Folkes actually started working for Barton College in 2003, I came in 2002 as a potential nursing major and so I was in nursing classes until my first junior year because I had failed by a tenth of a point in nursing. I was also taking gerontology classes at the same time as I was going to be minor in gerontology. I was in the second half of my junior year that I was sitting there and I just up and decided nursing is not for me, I’m going to withdraw passing. So I did, I withdrew from all of my nursing classes which put me below the ability of keeping my financial aid and I was down to taking one extracurricular course. At that point I decided to pick up gerontology and graduated on my fifth year, and I decided to go with gerontology because I was taking gerontology 440 which is the Dementia and Caregiving course and we had a speaker come in who was an occupational therapist doing training with the Alzheimer’s Association. She said some things that really connected with me, and through that class I found out I had five family members who had been diagnosed or passed away with Alzheimer’s disease on my mother’s side, so I knew it was going to be an issue in my family. With gerontology, it’s almost like a social
worker social type of field where you can follow up with that person and reconnect with them so you’re not just helping them with making health care choices, but you’re helping older adults with financial options and caregiving and there’s just a multitude of things that you can do with gerontology. I felt better connected to what I was doing with gerontology. So I graduated a year later with a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology, a Minor in Psychology and a Minor in Religion and Philosophy which all worked well because I really wanted to work with caregivers and older adults with Alzheimer’s disease,” said Maynard. Maynard has experience in Gerontology working as an Alzheimer’s Program Coordinator at Morningview Assisted Living Facility, Access to Services Director of Senior Resources at Guilford, Department Programs Technician for the Family Victims Unit of the Greensboro Police Department and Marketing Coordinator at Roofwerks of Raleigh. She is a Member of the North Carolina Victims Assistance Network, the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has served on the Guilford County Long-term Care Community Advisory Committee. Maynard encourages students to Continued on page 11
Veteran Spotlight: Tobie Bellamy served in the Navy By Hillary Geary Staff Writer After serving 31 years in the United States Navy, Tobie Bellamy sets the standard of perseverance and continues to strive for excellence at Barton College. With an electronics degree from DeVry University, Bellamy struggled finding a job in the civilian sector and decided to join the Navy in 1988 as an Interior Communications Electrician. “I was initially supposed to join as an Aviation Ordnanceman (AO) but my eyesight was not good enough to keep that rating,” Bellamy said. “My other choices were Electronics Technician (ET) or Interior Communications Electrician (IC). I didn’t choose ET because they wanted a six-year contract with that job.” “Now, when I joined the Navy my initial assessment was that I was going to do four years, and if I do more than four I’m going to do 20 years,” he continued. “The only problem with that was at the end of my fouryear part I was going to get married to my wife — my current wife I’ve only been married once — and she wanted me out, she did not want me to stay in the Navy. So I had a choice to make. I had already graduated from DeVry and had a job on the outside, but it wasn’t even what I consider an entry-level job as a technician after I graduated. “It was just a job that wasn’t paying the rent and student loans like it was supposed to,” he said. “When I joined the Navy I was a little bit more mature because I came in at 22 years old. During that time frame where I spent my first four years onboard the USS Nassau and it came time to reenlist, my soon-to-be wife was scared for my safety in the military. But before we actually got married I went ahead and reenlisted, so she was not happy. But the reason I did it is
because the Navy was the easiest paycheck I ever had in my life! I got paid on the 1st and 15th of every month regardless of the hours worked. When I graduated college and got a job as a civilian, my check depended on the hours I worked, getting the work, it was a whole system. So to have a steady paycheck for just showing up on a given day was awesome for me and I decided to stay in the Navy. We got married on the 23rd of May and I left on the 24th to go meet my next ship,” said Bellamy. During his 31 years of service, Bellamy traveled abroad on approximately 30 deployments. Some of his favorite memories in his travels include community service and feasts of local homemade food. “My favorite port visit by far was the French Riviera,” he said. “I had only been there once but I loved it, it was like something out of a movie. I also love to eat. One of the things that I loved to do when I went to these countries was going out and doing community service. “The reason I went to do community service was to help communities, but also because there was always a local feast of food when you went there. The locals would prepare a meal for you, and that’s where you get away from the westernized restaurants that were closest to the port we were moored at. But when you really get into that city, you get the real authentic food of that area. And looking forward to the local food kept me going for the longest! From the moment I had my first volunteer opportunity to when I left that ship, I took every volunteer opportunity I could get if I didn’t have duty on the ship. Every last one,” said Bellamy. Throughout his career, Bellamy’s proudest moments of service include earning the rank of Petty Officer Third Class (E-4), and properly learning how to write performance evaluations. “My proudest moment was when I made third class because I didn’t think
I would. I’m more of a do-er; I’m not really good at books. The very first time I was eligible to even take the advancement test, I didn’t take it because I was afraid of it. Studying is just not my forte, but when I made third class I was I was proud of it. I was very happy that I had accomplished something, and therefore knew I could accomplish other things.During my four years onboard the USS Anzio I kept the ship in good shape and based on that included with my prior years of service, I was selected to become a Chief Petty Officer. When I found out I made Chief I was on my way to my next command in Dam Neck, Virginia at a training center to be an instructor for the gyros that steer ships. Once I finished my requirements to become a Chief, I started work at the training center when evaluation season came around. So I had to write the evaluations for students who went through, and I had no clue how to write these evaluations. During that time I also had a part time job at The Great Escape on the Dam Neck base, and one day I went to work there and printed out the entire eval manual. So I read the manual and wrote the evals for all the graduating students and handed them into my Senior Chief. When he handed them back, they were red all over from his markings of my mistakes and were all jacked up. I worked all night to correct all the errors in accordance with the instruction and gave them back to my Senior Chief; he hands them back all red again. We did this a total of at least four times of correcting errors. In the end when I asked what was so wrong with the evals I had written, my Senior Chief told me that there was nothing wrong with them. He told me ‘I gave them back to you that way so that you would never think they were good enough’ to teach me a lesson in leadership. He taught me to always keep improving and help
sailors succeed,” said Bellamy. Bellamy encourages young veterans and college students to network while in school and make the most of the interviewing and job search process. “I think it’s very important, if you’re a veteran, to go to school if you need that piece of the puzzle. I don’t think that the degree itself is going to get you a job. What’s important is the attitude you have when seeking that job. You’re not going to get hired based on credentials alone, you’re going to get hired based on the drive that you bring to the table. It’s all about the impression that you leave on the folks you interview with. Do as well as you can in class and make the most of your opportunities while in college, but you’ve got to network with those around you to get exactly where you want to be. My favorite quote that I’ve shared with those in my life is by Mark Twain and states ‘The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why’,” said Bellamy. During his career, Bellamy served onboard the USS Nassau LHA-4, the USS Sylvania AFS-2, Recruiting Command McAllen Texas, the USS Anzio CG-68, Surface Combat Systems Unit (CSCSU) Dam Neck Virginia, the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, Iraq, Defense Media Activity Washington D.C., Naval Beach Unit 7, and Destroyer Squadron 15. Bellamy finds comfort in doing his schoolwork to aid in his reintegration into civilian life and gives special thanks to Samantha Nelms, Scott Salger, Katie Deale and Blythe Taylor for their aid while at Barton College. He plans to graduate with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and work with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans maximize their use of government programs and benefits.
Opinion On the inside looking out: campus life screeches to a halt
By Zach Hill Editor Five Residence Advisers sat in the lobby of Hilley on the evening of March 12, watching droves of students haul luggage to and from neighboring parking lots outside the residence hall. Televisions were carried across forearms or tucked into underarms. Minifridges were rolled on dollies. A purple shopping cart carrying two suitcases, a 12-pack of water, and a small mountain of snacks was wheeled down the ramp. It was 7:30. The e-mail was sent at 6:45. “There he is,” one of the RAs murmured to no one in particular.The other four looked towards the stretch of grass between Hilley and Hardy Alumni, where Jeff Tilson’s presence caught their eye. Tilson, Director of Housing, sporting a turquoise UNCW shirt and strode across the lawn to deliver a closed-lipped smile to his employees upon entering. “Hi,” he said, slightly tilting his head. Tilson went on to tell his RAs what most of them already knew. Barton College was enforcing a “pause” on classes in response to the growing threat of the pandemic. While on-campus residents could go home, they weren’t forced to. The RAs bombarded him with questions. How many are staying on-campus? Did anyone test positive? If so, how many? What about the Culinary Center—is it staying open? The KRIC? The Fitness Center? With the patience and diligence of a public relations exec, Tilson could give no affirmative answers.
There was one final question: what does that mean for us? Tilson gave another tight smile and head tilt. “Since this is just a pause on classes, campus isn’t closing, and not every resident is going home, you can’t go home, either,” he said. “We need you here barring any extenuating circumstances.” The RAs sat in defeated, reserved silence. They exchanged glances with one another—this was just part of the job. Once the meeting adjourned several minutes later, the RAs convened in the lobby until they excused themselves individually. One of them stepped out and started unpacking things from the trunk of his car. Eight days later, the campus was a shell of its former self. Fridays at noon are no longer a hustle-and-bustle operation in the Culinary Center. There is no line, nowhere to sit—the only chairs are turned over on tabletops. This complies with Gov. Roy Cooper’s latest policy of “no more than 10” can gather in one centralized location. AVI staff place food in Styrofoam to-go boxes, change gloves after every serving, and place desserts tightly wound in Saran-wrap on racks for residents to take with them. Hines Hall is still, save for the occasional custodial staff or professor. Students don’t occupy the couches, share conversations by the vending machines. Silence swallows the second floor. The same can be said for the Art Building and the Roma Hackney Music Building, where the shotgun hallway doesn’t carry laughter
anymore. It carries nothing. There is no longer a flood of students staggering up Gold Street on Saturday nights. The parking lots become emptier by the day. Pollen takes up space where tires once were, highlighting treadmarks. Despite its newfound apocalyptic façade, the morale at Barton College is still very much the same as it always was: determined to overcome. Students offered to make videos providing tips and pointers to make the transition easier for their peers, which were sent out on March 20. The AVI staff serve meals with smiles and positive comments. Faculty were given a week to transition their faceto-face classes to online classes and, while the transition hasn’t been seamless, no one can expect a pandemic to bring about stability. Despite Barton’s best efforts, many students were frustrated when the decision came to close residence halls on March 22. They were notified via email on March 19 and some felt they didn’t have enough time to pack or arrange for transportation. The challenge is especially daunting for those who live outof-state, where logistics and finances can be compromised. Barton knows this. In an email to The Collegiate, Dean of Student Life Dr. Joe Dlugos commented on the college’s decision-making. “The decision to close residence halls came after receiving an update from the Wilson County Health Department, Wilson County Emergency Management Office, and
learning of several local businesses suspending operations,” Dlugos said. “We needed to make an upsetting decision to increase the chances of keeping everyone safe.” The aforementioned email offered two options to residents. The first allowed them to return to campus before March 22, where they could gather their belongings and complete an express checkout. The express checkout allowed residents to checkout in a timely manner while also limiting contact with other people. The second option allowed residents to come back at a later date to collect their belongings. Dlugos acknowledged the fact that some students may not be able to reach Wilson by March 22. “That is okay and we will work with you,” he said. “Your rooms will remain locked and your property will remain safe until you can come get it.” For international students who’ve returned home, Dlugos recommends they reach out to Tilson via email Barton shares the same resolve much of the world has. The mantra of “Keep calm and carry on” has been replaced with “Keep calm and quarantine,” but the underlying message remains the same. Just as classes have continued online, the world will keep spinning once this issue is resolved—and it will be. It may not be tomorrow or in the upcoming weeks, but with patience, diligence, and kindness towards your fellow man and woman, we will get there.
A legacy of religion: Jane Webster to retire By Nick Horton Staff Writer With 20 years of teaching at Barton College, Dr. Jane Webster plans to retire at the end of this academic year. Along with being a religion and philosophy professor at Barton College, Webster was the first director and founder of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Barton College and program coordinator for Religion, Philosophy, and Liberal Studies. In 2010, Webster also received the Jefferson-Pilot Faculty Member of the Year Award. “If you only know one religion then you
don’t know any,” said Dr. Webster. After her retirement from teaching at Barton College, Webster plans to spend some time with her two daughters at her cottage in Canada. She plans to relax and take step back from religion and focus on herself and spending time with family Webster said remember and cherish all of the memories throughout the years that she has had with students. “Make connections with your professors. They are invested are committed to your success,” said Dr. Webster. In the future, Dr. Webster wants to study and learn more about pagan religion practices.
Day of Scholarship! By Rachel Levine Staff Writer Day of Scholarship for Barton College students will proceed as scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, but get your computers ready--it will be electronic. This event will be held using Canvas, so every student will have access. It will be an interactive experience, so be sure to leave comments and feedback for the presenters. Prizes will be involved. This event is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to share their research ideas
and what they have discovered in a public forum. “Research is at the heart of higher education and sharing one’s work with an audience is, perhaps, the most important part of the process,” said Gerard Lange. Students should partake in this event because it is an opportunity to connect and work with their peers and offer encouragement where it is needed. This event will give students an opportunity to work together and compare research as well as being able to bounce ideas off of one another.
Collegiate Online By Debbie Herrera Photography Editor Barton College’s The Collegiate, or campus newspaper, is now online and will be updated. The school paper was first published in 1927 when the school was called Atlantic Christian College. The paper has covered everything from the current pandemic to new hires on campus. For a long time, The Collegiate was exclusively available in print for the Barton community and now it is online for everyone to read. With the help of editor Zach Hill, Assistant Professor of Communications and Collegiate adviser Michael K. Brantley and all the staff writers, the paper is now available to everyone online.
“The Collegiate has a proud history that is nearly 100 years in the making. The current staff has worked incredibly hard to continue that legacy and make it stronger and I’m really proud of them,” said Brantley. “Michael Brantley and I made the decision to go digital in light of the circumstances—we want people to stay entertained and informed even if they’re not on campus. We received a lot of positive feedback after our first digital issue and look forward to continuing it as the semester progresses,” said Hill. The Collegiate also has Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter handles that can be followed as well to stay up to date with news and entertainment.
Webster will leave a legacy of watching successful students, that she has taught, or pursued careers based on their passion and choice. “We need to focus more on interfaith leadership skills. Learning how to talk about religion to where it is mutually enriching”, said Webster. One thing that Webster wants the college to invest and learn more upon is interfaith leadership. “Barton College has been my one and only. I loved being there and for the opportunity to spend my academic life there and make an impact”.
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Italian student flies home amidst COVID-19 pandemic By Zach Hill Editor The Castle of Bellaguardia sits atop a hill in northeastern Italy, overlooking the small town of Montecchio Maggiore. The town served as the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the towers of the fortress are aptly named after the titular characters. Once a year, the town of 12,000 gathers in the town square, dresses in medieval garb, and marches up to the castle to pay homage to one of literature’s greatest works. Now, residents of the town can only march 200 meters beyond their front yard. They need approval from the Italian government—an auto certificazione— to go further. Failure to produce a certificate when prompted to by authorities can lead to fines or a jail sentence. One of the residents is freshman Nicolo Mancin. Mancin is a 6-foot-3 inches tall, slender 20-year old who plays volleyball for Barton College and one of the many international students who was faced with a difficult decision: stay in Wilson and tough out the COVID-19 outbreak, or return home to a nation devastated by the viral pandemic. Mancin’s flight was on March 27. Mancin’s original scheduled flight was set for March 20. When Mancin arrived at Raleigh-Durham International, he was expecting a flight to Toronto that would start a game of intercontinental pinball. From Toronto, he would fly to Frankfurt, Germany, and from Frankfurt
to Milan. There was no one at the Air Canada kiosk. There was no one in the terminal, either. He asked an airport official where everyone was. “They said that the flight had been canceled so they sent everyone home,” he said. “I had checked my flight a few hours before— it was still scheduled to arrive.” Luckily for Mancin, a friend came and picked him up, drove him back to Wilson. His flight was rescheduled for the following week, during which he reflected on the men’s volleyball team’s lost season. The Bulldogs were on a torrid pace, earning nine consecutive victories when Conference Carolinas ceased all operations due to the coronavirus outbreak. They finished the season 13-2 with a perfect conference record (8-0) and, as Mancin said, the sky was the limit. “We had a lot of potential this year--I was really curious to see how the season would’ve ended,” he said. “When we faced teams like Loyola and Harvard, we didn’t always win. But we showed we’re at that level--it would’ve been a great second half to the season. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but everything that was happening was out of my control.” Mancin didn’t linger on the lost season. His next point of focus turned to packing for the trip, knowing full-well he wouldn’t be able to bring everything. “I’m just gonna bring two bags, one big and one small— there’s no point in getting an
extra fee for baggage,” he said. “In terms of clothes, I’m thinking about the summer—hopefully, I’ll have some fun and be able to come back to Barton in the fall. I’m packing swimming suits, tee-shirts...I’m leaving anything that goes past my knees or my forearms.” After China, Italy quickly became the epicenter for COVID-19. The situation spiraled out of control. Elderly citizens were refused treatment in an effort to triage the most-likely to survive. The canals of Venice were unoccupied with boats. Everything that was once natural about the beauty of Italy became unnatural. Mancin was still determined to return. “Coming to Barton was my first time away from home,” he said. “I’ve never been away from my family for an extended period of time like this—it’s been eight months since I’ve seen them. In a situation like this, there’s a lot of uncertainty. You don’t know what’s gonna happen, who’s gonna be quarantined. My only thought is being with my family and being home.” There’s no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montecchio Maggiore, but the effects have been felt. Mancin’s parents are factory workers and considered to be essential. He said their work hasn’t been interrupted, but his brother’s has come to a screeching halt. Manuel is an entrepreneur, interior designer,
social media manager, and a photographer--he’s had no work since Italy’s shutdown. Manuel will be the one picking him up from the airport in Milan. Due to enforced social distancing laws, Mancin can’t sit in the front seat. He has to sit in the backseat and wear a mask and also has to have the auto certificazione with him at all times. It’s not a matter of if they are stopped by authorities, it’s a matter of when. Once he’s home, Mancin will quarantine himself for two weeks per the government’s order, unable to leave his house for any reason. Even still, Mancin’s determination to go home didn’t waver. “The risk of getting infected is everywhere,” he said. “Obviously, my home is one of the worst places to go, but I don’t care. I just want to see my family again.”
Continued from page 6 keep an open mind about the ways a gerontology course can aid them in the working world. “Starting in 2035 when older adults outnumber children for the first time in history, there’s no job you’re going to have where you’re not going to see older adults. You’re going to be working with and beside them, and they’re going to be the business owners who will be wanting your skills and needing help with the technology. You’re going to have to know how to work with older adults and nobody can hide from gerontology, it’s important across the board. You’re not going to be surrounded by your age group forever and you’re going to have to be able to work with people that are much older than you and cooperate and be mature,” stated Maynard. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down campus, Maynard sympathizes with students and fellow teachers during trying times. “COVID-19 is giving lots of students anxiety right now. I keep in mind that students probably have three or four other classes that they’re trying to balance and I’m trying to keep things at a good
slow pace. I’ve doubled my work because I want to be as clear as possible on my expectations with my students so I’m making videos to explain things, I’m having discussions on line to explain things, I’m pushing out due dates to make things doable, I’ve done technology trainings as well so that if I’m expecting students to know how to use a particular tool or software I don’t just throw it at them and say ‘here you need to learn this’. The biggest thing for me has been communication. I need students to communicate and let me know if they’re having troubles with their Internet or if it’s something they don’t understand, so I can provide clarification because it’s a give and take environment. “COVID-19 I think has had a traumatic impact on student learning. I’m really empathetic for all of my students and that Thursday that we heard that Friday started our pause, I sent out emails to all of my classes with ‘don’t worry, relax’. I also included in my email scripture on anxiety and taking their issues to God if that’s something that they want to do. They may have other religious aspirations and that’s great, I just
want them to take it to someone. For me, I understand and Jesus Christ and what he can do in someone’s life so I include that as something to help calm people and students and give them something to lean on. Also, I hope it opens the door and let them know that I’m available to communicate about these things and that I don’t shy away from heartbreak or trauma or tears. Teachers are no longer having faculty meetings and so we miss each other. We miss your faces! I don’t realize how much I need my students until they’re gone, and when I’m talking to a screen usually it’s just me doing videos because all of my courses are asynchronous and I don’t meet with them online. COVID-19 has created such a disconnect in learning for our faculty and for each other, so I really feel that this Google Meet and Zoom helps students connect with each other in some sort of way so they can lean on each other. All of us are facing the same thing and if anybody is going to understand it’s going to be your peers and your classmates. I’m definitely keeping everyone in my prayers,” said Maynard.
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Barton television station still reigns after 27 years By K .J. Askew Senior Writer The Barton College television station, Wilson Educational Television (WEDT) has run uninterrupted programming since 1993. The television station was formed by a cooperative that came together which involved Wilson Community College, Wilson County Schools, and Barton College. Wilson County has three channels: public, government, and educational. This cooperative funded the television station for the first 20 years. The station has a part of the PEG (public, educational, and government access) channel, for the last six years and receives its funding from the licensing of the franchise, which is the city of Wilson. Webster Struthers is an Associate Professor of Communications at Barton and general manager of WEDT, the educational access channel for Time
Warner Industries in Wilson, which has studios on the Barton College campus. During the winter of 1993, Struthers was offered the position to run the television show. He also played a key role in the building of the control room.The station broadcasted its first show in the same year. The station is a part of a partnership with Greenlight, who broadcasts the shows for the television station. The station does multiple types of programming. Public affairs for the city called City Talk. Education Today for Wilson County Schools, the Barton Edition which is mainly centered on Barton College. The station produced a Ted Talk for Wilson Community College and Barton Arts & Entertainment (News Magazine Show). The station also produces a show that is in cooperation with Wilson County Schools as an
internship with Hunt High School, named “Hometown.” This cooperation was due to Grant Robertson, who is the former Media Director at Hunt High School. Robertson no longer produces “Hometown” since he has taken another job with the city of Wilson. The station also produces soap operas and movies in the Advanced Media class. Several movies have been produced outside of class and through the broadcast practicum. The station runs a lot of shows from the national art gallery. The Barton students are involved in all the programming. The Barton Edition, revolves around broadcasted news on-campus, and Barton Arts and Entertainment, revolve around broadcasted works of arts and entertainment at Barton, is exclusively controlled by students. This includes all pre-production and post-production. Struthers has worked hard to
Introducing Chatty Kathy The Collegiate is introducing a ‘Dear Abby’ segment entitled ‘Chatty Kathy’ during the Fall 2020 semester. ‘Chatty Kathy’ offers peer-requested advice in numerous categories including relationships, student life, health and more. ‘Chatty Kathy’ is completely voluntary and anonymous and only available to members of the community with a Barton email address. Students can submit questions through the ‘Chatty Kathy’ submission form [link: https://forms.gle/jeTZVpoioeN8raAM8]. ‘Chatty Kathy’ responses will be featured in The Collegiate, on The Collegiate’s website [www.collegiate.barton.edu], and social media.
create an adequate television show for Barton throughout his career. “We have provided a unique local television programming for the Wilson community and I have enjoyed my interaction with our students and our WEDT cooperation partners.” said Struthers. Brittany Alston has been the production manager of WEDT since the fall of 2018. She produces a bulk of programming, edits all of the shows together, producing IDs and public service announcements. “I think WEDT is a good way to showcase the work of Barton College communication students,” said Alston. Struthers is soon retiring and believes that he has left his legacy at Barton. “I’m very proud of the work that we have done with the television station over the last 27 years,” said Struthers.
Barton student authors book, looks to tell veterans’ stories By Callie Burnette Correspondent About 15 minutes from Holly Springs, in the spring of 2016, one could find Zach Hill at the Apex branch of the Concerned Veterans for America, volunteering his time to hear stories from veterans that defended our country. Hill is now the editor in chief of The Collegiate at Barton College and author of his first book, Stateside Blues. Hill is a Mass Communications major concentrating in Journalism. After graduating high school a semester early and attending Wake Tech for two years, Hill began to pursue a career in combat journalism at Barton College in 2018. However, his pursuit to be a combat journalist started long ago. Hill’s grandfather was a Vietnam veteran and a father figure to Hill for many of his childhood years. “I learned more about the Vietnam War from my grandfather than any textbook could have taught me,” Hill said. From stories of those wars, and witnessing the courage it took for his grandfather to not only fight but process it all, Hill began to lead an altruistic life, volunteering his time to hear his stories of war. Hill’s grandfather passed away a month before the start of his senior year of high school. Hill decided to graduate high school early in order to take a step back while he proccessed his grandfather’s death, and started attending Wake Community College the following spring semester. Originally, he had thought sports journalism would be his focus, but his grandfather’s passing encouraged him to serve in some way. By choosing to do combat journalism, Hill would be able to pay homage to his grandfather while also serving and doing something he loves. Now, as Hill continues to report for The Collegiate and looks forward to his graduation in the fall of 2020, he has been working on writing and editing his first book. Stateside Blues is a war novel with very little war in it. In the stories Hill has heard, 95% of war is sitting around and 5% is intense fear. His book explores the interpersonal conflict between an infantry platoon whose commanding officer has been wounded in combat. The platoon is sent to the Walter Reed military hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, escaping the clutches of war, but only to be stranded by a snowstorm. While being in their home country with no way to leave and return home, three soldiers must face the consequences
of combat, homesickness, and young love. Hill describes writing Stateside Blues as painful, stressful, and rewarding and describes the book as humorous, different, and challenges the standards of other war books. “Any doubt I had about my ability to write a book is gone. Six drafts in and I’m already thinking about going back and rewriting the whole thing. I’ve learned progress isn’t linear, I’m always moving forward but sometimes it can be all over the place,” Hill said. Remembering the stories of his grandfather and veterans as a whole has continuously inspired Hill to be a voice for those in and out of war that don’t know how to tell their stories or are hesitant, setting him on a path to being a combat journalist. When the first bullet flies, Hill is confident his past experiences will have prepared him for the horrors and danger of being a reporter in war torn countries. The job will most likely entail travelling to many countries, something Hill is not opposed to, as he plans to be a combat journalist for five to ten years, before hopefully settling down and having a family. Looking forward, Hill is planning to write a sequel to Stateside Blues, following the platoon from book one into war as they trek across the Syrian highlands. “Writing is fun, I’ve found there’s so many ways to write a scene or character. It’s all about the challenge,” Hill said.
NCAA grants extra year of eligibility to all spring athletes By Callie Burnette Correspondent The NCAA Division II Administrative Committee agreed on March 13 to grant an extra year of eligibility to all spring athletes. The committee’s decision came after the NCAA’s order to suspend all spring sports in response to the rapid spread of the CoVid-19 virus. Spring sports at Barton College that are being affected by these decisions include men’s and women’s tennis, lacrosse, track, softball, baseball, and men’s volleyball. While the NCAA did grant all spring sport student-athletes an extra year of eligibility, Barton College will only be extending the offer to senior studentathletes within these spring sports. Approximately 25 seniors will be affected by this decision, but what measures are being taken to address changes in recruiting and scholarship? Barton College Athletic Director
Todd Wilkinson, reported that the changes in eligibility for senior studentathletes will not affect recruiting of spring sports for the 2020-2021 year. There will be no cutbacks in the number of recruits accepted. Scholarships awarded to incoming freshmen studentathletes within spring sports will not face adjustment in their scholarships, as the National Letter of Intent they have signed is a binding agreement. Wilkinson noted seniors that do accept the extra year of eligibility may face changes in their scholarship. “Each senior will be determined on a case by case basis as each situation may be unique,” he said. “It will be dependent on undergraduate academic programming remaining or if the senior is shifting to graduate school.” One of the senior student athletes taking the extra year of eligibility is women’s lacrosse and soccer player, Becca Fraser. Fraser was just getting into the peak of her senior lacrosse
season when the NCAA suspended all spring sports. “When I first found out about our season being cancelled, I was surprised and disappointed, but I wasn’t upset for some reason. I’m not sure why I wasn’t upset, maybe it was because the NCAA had suspended all sports, therefore, I didn’t feel so alone in the situation and took comfort in knowing I wasn’t the only person going through this,” she said. For many senior studentathletes, choosing to stay and pay for an extra year in college, whether their continuing undergraduate programs or participating in Barton’s graduate programs, will be an extremely difficult decision. Fraser reflected on her ideas for the coming year, before the suspension of spring sports, and how it has affected her decisions now. “I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go straight to graduate school
or take a gap year,” Fraser said. “I thought of taking time to work or possibly joining the military to help pay for my schooling. However, I kept applying to schools because I really didn’t feel like taking a gap year was right for me. When the suspension happened and I was suddenly offered an opportunity to continue my lacrosse season one more year and expand upon my studies at Barton College, I felt like it was a sign. A sign to stay the extra year, start my graduate studies at Barton, and pursue what felt like a realistic future.” Wilkinson noted the overwhelming support for the extra year of eligibility from coaches of spring sports at Barton College. “We want these studentathletes to have a complete senior year experience,” he said.
Bulldogs compete in Conference Carolinas swim championship By Jonathan Moss Correspondent Barton men’s and women’s swim teams raced in hopes of bringing home another conference win at the 2020 Conference Carolina’s Swimming Championship Feb. 13-16 in Charlotte, N.C. The Bulldogs competed at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center over a span of four days. The men’s team returned as conference champions, while the women’s team placed second. Last year, the Barton men’s team won the Conference Carolinas Championship, with the closest team being 100 points behind. During the 2017-2018 season, the women’s team won the first Conference Carolinas Swimming Championship in the college’s history. Despite the rankings going into the meet, head coach of both teams, Tyler Ziegler believed the teams had the potential to bring home a
second conference championship win on both sides. Ziegler says, “If the team comes together and swims the way we are capable of, we will be within range of another conference win at the end of the meet.” Freshman swimmer, Meadow Hynd looked forward to participating in her first ever conference as a Bulldog, despite her nervous energy. Hynd says, “I was feeling nervous, but so prepared for conferences. I was very excited with both teams’ outcomes overall.” Each member of the team was eligible to swim up to four individual events, spanning along the new four day format, as opposed to last year’s three day meet format. The meet was live streamed during finals and had continual live updates from conference carolinas. Results can be found at https://www.conferencecarolinasdn.com.
Abby Wade, daily life of an art student and soccer player
By Jonathan Moss Correspondent She wakes up at 7:30 a.m. to the sound of her phone alarm ringing through her ears. She knows she has a long Thursday filled with art classes ahead of her as she puts on her clothes that she laid out the night before. Only a step or two away, she walks into the bathroom, where she styles her hair and washes her face to get her day started. As she slings her backpack over her shoulder, she grabs a premade Starbucks frappuccino out of the fridge and a Pop-Tart from the pantry. She heads out
of East Campus Suites at 7:55 a.m. and swiftly walks to the Case Art Building to make it to Junior Review at 8 a.m. “We discuss the best way to present art, as I have to present 20 pieces at the end of the semester,” says Abby Wade. Junior Review ends at 9:15, only giving Wade 15 minutes before her next class, Drawing. She pops her head in the computer lab and waves to friends Callie Burnette and Jonathan Moss before going into the drawing room. As soon as her professor, Maureen O’Neil, goes over the daily project and homework from
the previous class, she puts in her headphones and begins to draw. “Once I get into my art, time passes without me knowing. I get into a zone that is like a form of meditation, this allows me to express myself through different forms of media, rather than words,” says Wade. When 12:15 hits, she quickly puts up her current drawing and walks to the cafeteria. She only has 15 minutes to grab lunch and head back to the Case Art Building for her graphic design class. Her class starts with professor
Susan Fecho giving a lecture, followed by a class critique. She then puts her headphones in to get in the zone and complete her project in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. It’s 3:15 p.m. when graphic design ends. After almost seven straight hours of class, she heads to the field for soccer practice, eating a bag of fruit snacks along the way. Two hours later, she leaves the field and heads back to East Campus Suites for a quick shower before dinner in the school cafeteria. She has a quick dinner and relentlessly walks to her last class of the day, animation. She enters the same building that she has been in all day, the Case Art Building. The clock strikes 8:50 p.m. and she is finally done with classes for the day. Wade’s grandmother Gloria and aunt Bonnie were the main supporters for her art. They surrounded her with art from a young age because they knew she was gifted in the arts. “My grandmother and I would draw in the same sketchbook when waiting around for family, then I would show my art to aunt Bonnie and she would help me improve by teaching me new techniques,” says Wade. Wade is currently pursuing a degree in Fine Arts with a graphic design concentration at Barton College. “Art is something I am passionate about, which is why it is my major. I cannot imagine doing something for the rest of my life that I do not have a passion for,” says Wade.
Barton baseball ends season at .500, looks to 2021 By Lisandro Torresani Staff Writer Barton Baseball finished their season with a 12-12 overall record with 3-6 Conference record. On Feb. 22, Barton lost against North Greenville in the Conference Carolinas opening doubleheader at Tigerville, S.C. Barton lost 6-3 in the first game and 3-2 in the second one. In the first game, Tyler Robinson from Beaver Falls, Pa, and senior outfielder Noah Almond from Raleigh, N.C, drove in runs while freshman Gentry Fortuno from Pembroke, Fla, suffered the loss despite going the distance and striking out seven batters. In the second game, Barton senior outfielder Trevor Editor from Los Angeles, Calif, hit a tworun home run for the Bulldogs in the third frame. On Feb.23, Barton lost against North Greenville 10-5 at Tigerville S.C. Barton was led by Almond, who hit a home run and finished with two hits and two runs batted in to lead the Bulldogs offensively. On Feb. 29, Barton lost against King 5-3 in Bristol, Tenn. Almond hit a solo home run in the second inning, and freshman designated hitter Ethan Davis from Rocky Mount, N.C, scored twice in the losing effort. On Mar. 1, Barton split a Conference
Carolinas doubleheader with King in Bristol, Tenn. Barton won the first game by a 4-2 score while King won the nightcap, 10-3. In the first game, Barton senior catcher Brayden Olson from Spokane, Wash, and Davis both finished with two hits and an RBI while junior outfielder Zack Long from New Bern, N.C, scored the game winning run on an erroring the top of the seventh inning as the Bulldogs picked up their first Conference win of the year. In the second game, Davis hit a run scoring double and junior Colby Warren from Roanoke Rapids, N.C, drove in two runs despite the loss. On Mar. 6, Barton lost against No.7 Mount Olive 11-0 in a home game. On Mar. 7, Barton beat No.7 Mount Olive with a home doubleheader sweep, 4-2 and 6-5. In the first game, Barton senior Alex Hart from Raleigh, N.C, went the distance in the complete game victory while Almond hit the game-winning tworun double in the bottom of the fifth inning as the Bulldogs railed from a 2-0 deficit to take the win. Hart scattered eight hits while striking out five batters. In the second game, Barton junior second baseman Andres Machado from Pinecrest, Fla, who finished with two hits in the first game, added two
more hits in the second contest and drove in a pair of runs to lead the home team. Barton junior Mason Cooper from Middlesex, N.C, retired the final four batters for his first victory of the year. “We had just gone through a brutal schedule with 12 of our 24 games against teams ranked in the top 10 nationally,” said Barton first-year mentor Keith Gorman. “We were getting healthy and starting to click. We had taken two of three from Mount Olive and just won our third game in a row. Our second-half schedule was manageable and we were very optimistic.” Gorman thought of his senior class and how this situation affected them. “I want them to be proud of the job they did this year. They were the example in most areas of our program,” he said. Barton’s baseball senior Class consisted of Christian Murua from Sacramento, Calif, Trevor Edior from Los Angeles, Calif, Noah Almond from Raleigh, N.C, Fredrick May from Folsom, Calif, Brayden Olson from Spokane, Wash, Nate McKenrick, Lake City, Pa, Jakob Ryan from Carrolton, Va, Colby Shimmel from Windson, Pa, an Jojo Allen from Clarksville, Tenn.
Student athlete spotlight: Nicola Macdonald By Ariana Watkins Correspondant Nicola Macdonald is in her junior year at Barton College.She is from Durban, South Africa and attended Durban Girls’ College before transferring to Barton as an international student on a swimming scholarship/recruitment. She was put in a pool at just eight months. “I think I was in the swimming pool before I could walk. Then, I started doing strokes or proper swimming when I was about six years old,” said Macdonald. She has been a swimmer for about 14 years of her life since then. She started swimming competitively in primary school. It started with inter-school meets; then she began to participate in bigger competitions, like provincial trials. “I made my first provincial team for
my age group (Kwa-Zulu Natal was my province) in grade 3. This would be equivalent to making a state team here in America,” said Macdonald. She competed in high school, but on a small-scale. “Club swimming was a bigger deal. That is where I would spend most of my time,” said Macdonald. When choosing a college to attend, she had some requirements that needed to be met. “When I was looking at school, I looked at four important things. A good art department was a huge priority and a good scholarship was also very important. Then, obviously the swimming was also important, as this is where I would get the most scholarships and then being close-ish to the coast was a factor too. So I chose Barton as it offered me all of those combined.”
Being an international student, she has had to overcome many obstacles that most American college students do not deal with. “At first it was difficult though as no one could understand me and I would have to always repeat myself, I still do. Whenever I would go to restaurants someone else had to order for me otherwise it would take too long as the waiters never understand me. It is sometimes hard being so far from home and you see everyone going home for breaks to see family and I only see my family once a year,” said Macdonald. Macdonald has had many achievements, including: making her provincial team every year since grade 3, until she moved to America; swimming at the South African Olympic Trials; she was named the Co-Conference Carolinas Swimmer of the year in 2019; and the list goes on.
But she says her greatest accomplishment is receiving a scholarship to swim in America, as well as Barton. “I am so grateful for this opportunity,” said Macdonald. She has received countless medals, but she says the most special would be from the two Conference Championships she has swam since being at Barton. “And in 2014 when I was ranked third in the country from my age group for 100 freestyle,” said Macdonald. Macdonald swims for many reasons, but the one that makes it worthwhile is simply having a good swim. “It is the best feeling to do a good swim. It makes all the long hours and many, many sacrifices so worth it,” said Macdonald.
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