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Recent UNCW graduate becomes first Commissioned Officer in school history

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Jones receiving his grandfather’s sword from his grandmother during his comissioning ceremony on Aug. 13.

Recent UNCW graduate becomes first military officer comissioned on campus Meredith Hoffman


In the Golden Hawk Room on UNC Wilmington’s campus under the watchful eye of friends and family, Jeremy Jones – a recent UNCW graduate – was officially commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. On Aug. 13, Jones became the first student in UNCW’s 70-year history to be commissioned on campus. To a standing ovation, Jones told the room of well-wishers about his path to becoming a Second Lieutenant, which began with being contacted by an Officer Selection Officer (OSO) based out of Raleigh. “It wasn’t easy," said Jones, as he outlined the months of preparation he went through in order to

be commissioned directly after graduation. While still attending UNCW, Jones entered the Platoon Leadership Course (PLC). As part of the PLC class of 225, Jones described his platoon as “some of the best and brightest in the U.S.” Jones was not without help at home, however, and he credits much of his success to The Office of Military Affairs on UNCW’s campus. In his speech following his commission, Jones specifically thanked Bill Kawczynski for his support. In addition to thanking The Office of Military Affairs, Jones thanked UNCW as a whole and described the university as “very military friendly." Jones went on to thank his professors

as well saying, “if you are willing to put in the work, they are willing to help." As a Jacksonville native Jones described himself as very close to his family and stated that much of his interest in joining the United States Marine Corps came from his grandfather, who enlisted in the Marines in 1960. Following his official commission ceremony, Jones’s grandmother presented him with a sword, which had belonged to his grandfather during his time in the Marine Corps. Though Jones is officially a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he will now leave Wilmington for Virginia to enter a sixmonth-long training program to better prepare him for his new position.



Q&A with Lianne Page 5 Oelke, author of “Nice Try, Jane Sinner” The Seahawk’s guide Page 6 to the best first semester at UNCW Coping with Page 7 Homesickness

Opinion UNCW making parking improvements? Is it cool to be a college kid? Poetry provides deeper understanding of Syria


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UNCW welcomes Class of 2022

Volunteers stop to take a selfie outside Belk Hall during UNCW’s freshman move-in on Saturday, Aug. 18. Thousands of volunteers gathered to help new students at the annual event.

stuff is out ... it’s really awesome.” Move-in is not just a busy day for incoming freshmen and volunteers, but administrative staff working for UNCW Housing & Residence Life as well. Graham-Hewlett Resident Coordinator Mackenzie Sirmans was one of many UNCW RC’s to oversee the welcome of more than 2,000 firstyear students into housing. Sirmans, who has worked in housing at other universities in Georgia, said her past experiences with move-ins were nothing in comparison to the show put on in Wilmington. The event’s organization and the process of allowing students to access their buildings with ease were highlights for Sirmans. “This is nothing like I have ever seen before. It’s so well organized and well done,” she said.“We take a lot of care in making sure our students are able to get into the building and have the best experience. “We have maintenance on call, cleaning on call, we have all of

our housing professional staff and so many volunteers. Everywhere that I’ve worked, I’ve never seen a move-in that’s this well organized and exciting.” As for the freshmen themselves, the Class of 2022 arrived steadily throughout the day.The students who trickled in and roamed the halls with their parents as they attempted to settle into their new surroundings included student-athletes, who will enjoy the double duty of representing the university on the court, field and in the classroom. One such student-athlete was Spencer Martin of Jamestown, who will take to the track as a sprinter this year for track & field coach Austin Davis. Martin, who moved into the first floor of Graham Hall, said the welcome from volunteers that greeted him and his family were greatly appreciated. “Everything’s pretty new to me here.The people are really nice, so it hasn’t been too hard to get around,” he said.“It was pretty far for parking, that’s about it, though.”

Volunteers load bins and bags into a cart. PHOTO BY NOAH THOMAS

Thousands of upperclassmen clad in teal awoke at the crack of dawn on Saturday,Aug. 18, to volunteer for UNC Wilmington’s annual freshman move-in event. Volunteers representing nearly every student organization on campus rushed to the freshman dorms to welcome first-time college students to their new homes. When cars containing parents, students and furniture pulled up to the entrance of Graham-Hewlett, they were greeted with cheers, music, and people ready to aid them in their move. Jessica McClellan, a senior from Greenville, took part in her third move-in on Saturday as a leader of Young Life. She said volunteering as a senior lent both a better grasp of the hectic environment that accompanies move-in and a surreal feeling of it being her final year. “Coming on for the freshmen is probably really scary,” she said.“But I think the fact that everyone surrounds your car and in two minutes all your



Volunteers swarm a family’s vehicle outside Graham-Hewlett during freshman move-in.


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A member of the move-in crew carries a chair while helping unload a vehicle.


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Construction, road work continue as students return to UNCW Tyler Newman


Caution! Construction on Campus

Road Work Ahead! Construction around Wilmington

August means back-to-school and back to the busy schedules of UNC Wilmington students. As the 2018-2019 academic year begins, it’s still business as usual for many construction crews around campus. While a few projects have recently wrapped up in the past year, the building and resurfacing of two new parking lots, an indoor hitting facility, improvements to the softball field and the reopening of the intramural fields, there is still more to come. New construction on the east side of campus may possibly hinder pedestrian movements at times, which could be a disruptor for student commutes to class during working hours. The new building, known as Veterans Hall or the Allied Health Building, will complete the quad of academic buildings directly in front of Wagoner Hall and adjacent to the Student Recreation Center. It is also expected to house the new Health and Human Services College, as well as the Center for Healthy Living and support space for military-affiliated students, according to UNCW. Expected to be completed in 2020, construction vehicles can be seen moving in and out of the site, causing a nuisance to students and other pedestrians in the area. Because of this construction, the central part of Chancellor’s Walk from Walton Drive to the center of the quad will be closed while Veterans Hall is built. One detour route includes walking south and crossing at the Student Recreation Center before continuing past the Teaching Laboratory to rejoin Chancellor’s Walk. Another route involves crossing the intersection of Walton Drive and Cahill Drive near Seahawk Crossing and continuing down Cahill Drive towards Cameron School of Business. Meanwhile, on the other side of campus, two new parking lots are expected to be completed by “late 2018.” Located at the intersection of Hamilton and Hurst drive near the southernmost entrance to campus, the largest of the two parking lots will have 450 parking spaces, while the smaller of the two will have 120 parking spaces. Also wrapping up soon is the renovation and improvement of the Greene Track and Field on the south side of campus, which includes resurfacing of the 400-meter track, additional restrooms, drainage, utilities, lighting, and fencing. A final project of note is at Randall Library, where work has progressed on restroom renovations and additions over the summer, to prepare for the upcoming fall semester. During the new academic year, students should always stay alert when near construction sites on campus and follow all posted signage by authorities regarding these zones.

Looking further outside the confines of campus, the continuing road projects around New Hanover County could keep new and returning Seahawks snarled in traffic this academic year. While many who are returning to UNC Wilmington are aware of the traffic issues that can arise on many of Wilmington’s busy thoroughfares and arterial roads – especially at rush hour – some first-year or transfer students may be unaware. As New Hanover County continues to grow in population, so does the number of cars on the road. When that happens, infrastructure upgrades are necessary to keep traffic flowing and to allow further growth to continue. Such infrastructure and road upgrades are in progress or just beginning at this time, with the purpose being to alleviate congestion on major arteries and allow new routes to be taken to destinations around the region. The first major road project that would most likely affect students would be the widening of Kerr Avenue. The 1.5-mile project, which began back in 2016, is expected to be wrapped up by November of this year, with final improvements slated for spring of next year. The goal of the project? To widen the stretch of Kerr Avenue from Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway to Patrick Avenue. After completion, the road should consist of four travel lanes – upgraded from two – bicycle lanes, a landscaped median and sidewalks. According to data gathered by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Area in 2017, the average traffic count on Kerr Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and Patrick Avenue is about 23,007 vehicles. Students traveling to and from off-campus apartment complexes such as Aspen Heights, Progress 910, Aspire 349, Camden Forest and Mill Creek may be affected by construction along Kerr until the completion date later this year. Another hotspot in the Wilmington metro area that has just begun breaking ground is at the intersection of Military Cutoff Road and Market Street, northeast of the city limits along U.S. Highway 17. The project, an extension of Military Cutoff Road from Market Street to Interstate 140, is expected for completion in 2022. The 4.1-mile limited access roadway will be a six-lane corridor aiming to relieve congestion on Market Street through Ogden. For travelers and students coming to Wilmington or UNCW from points north such as Hampstead, Jacksonville, and New Bern, they may run into some delays over the coming year as lane closures and shifts will begin to take effect.

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Samantha Dickerson ASSISTANT LIFESTYLES EDITOR | @THESEAHAWK Over the summer,The Seahawk featured several reviews of young adult novels for the Summer Book Club series.The first pick was “Nice Try, Jane Sinner” by Lianne Oelke, which was a piece about a 17-yearold girl grappling with the loss of her religion and her friends and families reactions as well as a lingering suicide attempt. The book was a very moving experience, and Oelke’s media team recently reached out to The Seahawk about doing a Q&A to spend more time analyzing the book. Her answers are also very moving and further convince readers to pick up “Nice Try, Jane Sinner.”


How long did it take you to write this book, and did you have to do any research for the book?


It took me around three years to write “Nice Try, Jane Sinner.” I didn’t know I was writing a novel at first. I started playing around with my old journal entries, and eventually, they took on a life of their own. I didn’t do a

lot of research (unless watching reality TV counts. It counts, right?!), although I did have to look up certain details about community colleges.


What made you decide to write a young adult book rather than a novel geared towards older adults? How did it help you convey your message?


I didn’t start out making a conscious decision to write for young adults; I just wanted to write the book I needed to read as a young adult. I didn’t see a lot of upper teen/ college students in the books I read (at least not any that dealt with religion, depression, reality TV, and existential angst), so I wanted to fill that gap. Since I wrote NTJS for myself, I didn’t hold back. I think honesty resonates with anyone (teen or adult) looking to see themselves in the books they read.


How did you find the inspiration for the House of Orange setting and characters of the book?


Mostly from my own life! Jane is basically a concentrated version of myself. Some of the details in her life (the basement bedroom with a curtain for a door, the guy that punches another guy in the face in front of her, her complicated background with religion) are taken from my own experiences. Also, I watched a lot of reality TV when I wrote the book, so I suppose it was only natural that shows like The Bachelor and America’s Next Top Model provided some inspiration, however over-the-top.


The House of Orange characters are really funny and interesting to read about, but who would you want to have an alliance with at HOO?


Jane, definitely, but only if I was 100% sure she was on my side. To be honest, I don’t think I’d have what it takes to stay one step ahead of her when it came down to the final two. Chaunt’Elle would be a more trustworthy choice if I wanted to play it safe.


How do you hope this book could help other young adults going through a similar situation as Jane?


I hope it helps by letting them know they aren’t alone in their dark, weird, and lonely thoughts. So many heavier subjects (like losing one’s faith or mental illness) are either romanticized or glossed over in mainstream culture. I want young adults to understand that no matter how desperate, alone, or hopeless they feel, there’s always someone else feeling the same thing (even if they don’t always show it).


If you could give Jane two pieces of advice, once at the beginning and once at the end of the book, what would they be?


First, trust yourself. If you’re feeling uncertain or shy or uncomfortable, that’s fine.Acknowledge it. Own it. Outgrow it.

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Maddie Driggers & Sami Dickerson


A student’s freshman year in college can seem daunting and even a little nerve-racking at first. However, there are so many new opportunities and resources to explore on a college campus and the community that can make your first year unforgettable. Here are some of the best ways to make the most of your first year at UNCW!

Get Involved

Freshmen may be wondering where to find fun activities that are free or cheap on campus.The Association for Campus Entertainment, or ACE, hosts many of the fun events you’ll see on campus for students. Upcoming events, such as movies, concerts, spirit days, shadow casts and art galleries, can all be found on the ACE’s social media or website. Another important thing to experience during freshman year is joining a club. Most freshmen do not want to join a club because it seems very overwhelming, but in reality, clubs don’t take up that much time and are often better for the social aspect of college that students must navigate.There are so many clubs that people have started in all areas of interest that everyone can find something in which they find interest.You can join groups such as ACE, SGA, Student Ambassadors, UNCWeekends and over 280 other student groups on campus. The first year is a great time to start because it allows freshmen to get a foot in the door and run for offices if they choose to for second year as well. Wavelink is the online resource that allows students to shop around for different clubs that match their interests, and the Campus Activities and Involvement Center, or “CAIC,” presides over that resource as well. Getting an on-campus job is also a great way to meet people and get involved. Groups like Campus Life are always hiring students as Event Staff, Building Managers and more.These students get the opportunity to set up and assist staff during various events and help with day-to-day tasks and responsibilities of running the multiple buildings on campus. For more information about these positions, visit the Campus Life office or website.

Get to Know Wilmington

Exploring Wilmington will be a rite of passage for many freshmen and finding good places to go on a limited budget is a top priority. The beautiful thing about living so close to the ocean is the appreciation many students gain for the planet, the natural resources that it provides and the other creatures that live on it.Visiting a place like Fort Fisher Aquarium is a great place to learn about the environment that surrounds UNCW, and tickets are only $12.95.There are many different tanks with tropical and native fish, turtles, alligators, butterflies and jellyfish for students to learn about and enjoy. From a food perspective, Boombalatti’s ice cream shop is a great hang-out in Wilmington that is a can’t-miss. It has 31 flavors and they change the flavors to include seasonal special flavors as well.They also have collectible stickers with their logo on them that change with the season as well. It is a relatively inexpensive place for great ice cream and a good atmosphere to be in.They currently have a 4.9/5 rating on Facebook, so the cost is worth the experience. Everyone knows the beach is one of the most popular aspects of living in Wilmington, but the historic downtown area is also a fun destination to explore with friends.You can take a walk by the river, do some homework in local coffee shops and eat some of the best food in the city. There are so many hidden gems to discover in this area of Wilmington, so get out there and find them all!

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Utilize Your Resources

Something that is a top priority for first year students is laying a good foundation for grades and GPA. Some resources that are helpful for keeping up with academics are Supplemental Instruction courses and the Writing Center. Both are free resources provided by the school. The Supplemental Instruction courses, or SI courses, are mainly used in sciences classes where a bulk of the information is being taught quickly.These are good places to practice doing problems with a large group of peers.They also offer the aid of an older SI leader that has taken the class before and works closely with the professors that teach the classes to answer questions when students get confused or stuck. At the Writing Center, students that are employed by UNCW help their peers craft research papers and polish their writing.This is a resource that is helpful in many heavy writing courses or if students just need help learning about grammar and syntax. It requires an appointment be made before attending, and students must specify their reason for visiting beforehand as well.To make an appointment, visit the Writing Center’s website. Another non-academic resource that is free for students is the UNCW Counseling Center. If you are struggling with stress, homesickness or any mental health issue, you can make an appointment at the Counseling Center and see a therapist who will help you with anything you’re struggling with.This is a great resource for freshman who are settling into a new environment. For more information, visit the Counseling Center’s website.


Take Part in Traditions

Having the best experiences for the first year of college sometimes means getting involved in the traditions that UNCW has created in the past.Two really fun traditional events where attendance is imperative during freshman year are Beach Blast and the Midnight Target Run. Beach Blast will occur on Tuesday,August 21, and is a giant party hosted by the school at Wrightsville Beach. Not only will there be food and many activities provided for students with an ID, but this is a great way for freshman to mingle and get to know other students. One lesser known thing event that has become a tradition for many students at UNCW is the midnight Target run. On that night,Target is only open to students, and they can buy whatever they want without shopping stress. Normally there are great giveaways, a dance floor, a DJ, and free food and drinks. It is an overall fun time and a way to make great friends. For more information about both of these events, visit UNCW’s website.


Attend Sporting Events Just because UNCW doesn’t have a football team doesn’t mean we don’t show our Seahawk pride for some of our other great athletic programs. Basketball tends to be a major sport for our campus and involves lots of tradition as well. To kick off the season every fall,ACE and UNCW Athletics throw a celebratory event on Hoggard Lawn and in Trask Colosseum. Freshmen are encouraged to first take part in the “Trek to Trask” where students from the dorms are rounded up by RAs and walk together to Hoggard Lawn. Here, they enjoy the first event of the night, Fan Jam. This part of the evening is put on by ACE and features free food, inflatables, and live music to celebrate the start of basketball season. After this, students walk to Trask for a pep rally put on by UNCW Athletics that features games, prizes and the first official introduction of the basketball team.These events are designed to get students hyped up for the new season and regular season games begin shortly after this celebration. For more information about these events, follow ACE on social media or check out the athletics website.

Gabby Dionisio


For college students, the month of August brings both the end of summer and the beginning of the fall semester. For many, this new season is well anticipated. It’s a chance to reconnect with friends after a three-month hiatus and serves as a clean slate for academics, among other things. And as I enter my last year of college, I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces and eating breakfast at my favorite spots. As I type this sentence, I need to pause. Once upon a time, three years ago, there stood a college freshman terrified of leaving home. I didn’t have any familiar faces to go back to or any delicious food spots that I visited each week. I had fear, and tons of it. And if you’re a first-year student, I imagine you’re currently walking in those footprints that I, and many who came before me, have previously walked. Freshman year is advertised as an unforgettable experience. A year of growth! No parental supervision! A chance to forget everyone you went to high school with! Heck,Target and Bed Bath & Beyond make it seem like the only thing that matters is having Insta-worthy dorm décor. But what’s not advertised is how hard that first year is going to be.The Common App (yikes, seniors, remember that guy?) may have asked you why you wanted to attend UNCW or what value you brought to the campus, but in no way does it prepare you for what happens once you step foot on campus. Now, I can’t speak for everyone. My boyfriend adjusted to campus in, like, five seconds and my freshman roommate couldn’t wait to be on her own. I on the other hand, cried from the moment my parents left me in Belk until Christmas break. Okay, I’m joking. But I did cry. A lot. And guess what? That’s okay! I’m okay! Everyone’s experience is going to be different. Some of you reading this may think I’m a crazy person and others may be crying because they miss their mom so much it hurts. Neither way is right, but if I had to guess, I would say that you’re closer to reaching for the tissue box than you are from rolling your eyes.

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UNCW making parking improvements? Veronica Wernicke

Another new school year begins and the complaints around campus parking issues still linger. Getting to and from campus for UNC Wilmington students can be a struggle. Especially when it comes to finding a spot to park. Despite the nearly 40 parking lots around campus, there still seems to be frustration surrounding the current situation. Probably because not enough of the spaces are allotted for commuter students. The problem gets worse depending on when you physically get on campus. The later in the afternoon -- when most students are on campus -- the more time you will probably spend searching for a parking spot, which could ultimately lead to a late class arrival. Problematic much? One zone made up of two lots are reserved for visitors, one zone made up of 20 lots are reserved for faculty and staff, four zones made up of 10 lots and one deck are reserved for campus residents and five zones made up of

8 lots and one deck -shared with residents -- are reserved for commuters. As a sophomore and commuter student, I got to deal with the wonderful conclusion that there is only one lot for me to choose from and that is the “Park and Ride College” off-campus lot. Yes, an off-campus lot. The lot is only across the street from campus, but it will still be painful knowing there are other lots that are actually on-campus. I’m really looking forward to those rainy days, in case you were wondering. The remaining commuter lots are reserved for juniors, seniors, graduate students, TAs and military students. There are even two lots that are only for grad students. Which I’m sure, given that we have just under 2000 grad students, is not quite enough space. The commuter zone gold is for seniors and grad students and commuter zone two is for juniors and seniors. I understand that more upperclassmen live off campus, but there have got



The school builds additional parking near the UNCW Student Recreation Center. A second parking deck is upcoming.

to be plenty of sophomores living off campus as well. I’m not sure how many sophomores make up the entire student body, but it would be nice to have more than one lot available -- preferably one on campus. Maybe we could even get our own lot on campus. They could fix or at least start to address this problem by shifting around freshman resident parking. Instead of allowing all freshman to park on campus

they could somehow limit the number or join other universities in not allowing freshmen to have cars on campus. All freshman are required to live on campus to “get acquainted with campus better” -- insert eye-roll -- so therein lies part of the problem -- but that’s for another article. Are they really getting acquainted if they have a car on campus? I did not have a car when I lived on campus freshman

year and I survived. Between your roommates, all the new people you meet and services like Uber, freshmen don’t really need a car on campus. Changing that policy up would surely free up some space for people who really need parking spaces like commuters and upperclassmen. Although, according to a recent StarNewsOnline article, UNCW plans to add a new parking deck with 800 spaces, it is still unclear who

will get to use this parking space, which is planned to be complete by Fall 2020. As UNCW’s student population continues to increase. I just hope these spaces will help. While it seems like UNCW is starting to address its current parking problems, there is still room for improvement. Adding more lots for commuters and sophomores is just an idea.

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Is it cool to be a college kid? Caroline Shaver


On my first day of college, I was 15, five-feet tall and a little frightened. I had hoped that this day would come, and I had looked forward to it. I had also worried and prayed about it because at 15, I was entering the adult world for the first time. The adult world is something that children look forward to excitedly and pensively because it is such a drastic change from childhood. I was one of those children. Although, when I made the decision to begin early college at Cape Fear Community College, I was definitely more than excited because I also had my concerns. My first concern was that I might not be very safe in this adult situation. Parents that I knew had expressed this same concern; would having 50-year-old classmates be an invitation for predatory actions? As a college sophomore now, I can say that this is not a valid concern because it lacks context and comparison. Early college programs happen at universities or community colleges and the beauty of any college is that any age can attend. When I showed up at my first college, I was shocked to see how many young people were there. Most of my class was in their early 20s, with a few older folks mixed in. As I went to more of my classes, I realized that college is not a set age group -- some of my classes

were lots of early college kids, while other classes had more grown-ups. I was never the only youth in the room. Because of this mixture, I often had people guess that I was much older than I was. Of course, in my youth, I appreciated this. In the beginning, people in my French class thought I was twenty-five years old. What more can a teenage girl ask for? Another important look into this concern is the idea of measuring safety from one environment to another. Early college kids are highschool age, which means before college they were either in public, private or were homeschooled. It is safe to say that the majority of this group is public schooled and when one looks at the safety of the average public school, one is not duly impressed. Despite, the best of intentions, The Washington Post has reported that more than 215,000 students have experienced gun violence since the Columbine shooting. Another article published by The Hill this year also reported that one in every fifty students was a victim of “physical assault, sexual assault, rape, attempted rape, robbery or threatened with physical assault during the 2015-2016 school year.” My point is that the difference in the environment, safety wise, won’t really be any different. I was homeschooled before I started early college so I am an example of

the type who had a safer environment before leaving home. I can attest to the fact that I feel usually feel quite safe at college or at least as safe as one can in a decade of school shootings. I had had another concern. One that had been brewing for a long time before the first day of school and one that I’m sure lingers in the back of everyone’s mind. College was something that I had long awaited and anticipated. It was something that I had high hopes for or rather high expectations for myself. I wanted to hold myself to a standard of excellence and I thought I could grow up. However, on that first day, I wondered if I dreamed bigger than I would test. I had made it here, but could I make it here? Thankfully, this article is a testament to me doing just fine. I did find that college work was hard; I did not necessarily take to any subject easily. If my prior expectations had been pure talent in these subjects, then I would have been disappointed in myself because it took studying late nights and often early mornings for me to achieve what I wanted to receive. However, my hope was that I would be resilient and I fulfilled that hope.

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Poetry provides deeper understanding of Syria Amanda Milana


When you hear the word “Syria”, what comes to mind? Perhaps macabre depictions of the civil war, concerns about chemical weapons, and a staggering flow of refugees fill your thoughts, and justifiably so in light of recent events. Humans engage in oversimplifications continuously, a necessary compromise given the limited capacities of our brains. We categorize painstakingly crafted art with descriptions like “abstract” or “realistic”. We compress others’ personalities into molds based on our interactions and perceptions. We define countries with the limited knowledge we have of them (see Yanko Tsvetkov’s satirical Mapping Stereotypes Project). However, when we take the time to unfold our generalizations, we sensitize ourselves to beauty and depth once inaccessible. Think of the wonder that arises from emotionally connecting to a painting. From appreciating the inner life and idiosyncrasies of another person. From truly experiencing a culture. In the poetry of Nizar Qabbani lies an invitation to appreciate the multidimensionality of Syria, to glimpse what came before the Syrian Civil War, and to harbor hope for what may follow it. Qabbani, a 20th century Syrian poet, is one of the most beloved Arab poets. He brought attention to controversial topics while expressing an intense love for Syrian culture. Qabbani began his career in poetics by challenging norms regarding the artistic depiction of romance. In so doing, he strove to expand gender equality. Modern singers have even adapted his poems into love songs, carrying on the legacy of his art. To read some of Qabbani’s poetry, please visit


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Editor’s Note:The following is the first installment in sophomore Ryan Besemer’s journey to become the starting goaltender of UNC Wilmington’s club hockey team. Part one explores Besemer’s hockey origins and the role its played in his upbringing. Part I Superstitions have become something many expect athletes to have. UNC Wilmington club hockey goaltender Ryan Besemer developed these habits early in his life. “Honestly there are so many little things I do or that I make happen subconsciously or not before every game



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simply out of superstition,” said Besemer, who highlighted three points that never changed last season. Besemer would wear the same outfit to every game last year; he has a specific type of socks that he wears for every game and he would always wear the same undershirt. Besemer credits this to being a goaltender and as he says,“Usually when you feel one thing is working for you as a goalie, you don’t switch it up.” Besemer, who is from small-town Lansing in upstate New York, was introduced to hockey at a young age because his grandpa had season

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tickets to the Cornell University hockey team. However, because of the physicality and aggressiveness hockey brings, Besemer told his grandpa in kindergarten he would never play hockey himself. Besemer changed his mind after he saw the aggressiveness did not exist at the beginning levels of hockey. Because he began hockey late, his initial learning curve was steeper than his peers. The first hockey player Besemer admired was Wayne Gretzky.There was a moment in elementary school where learn Besemer learned about Gretzky’s accomplishments on


the ice. “I had to do a biography on someone famous in second grade and I chose him,” said Besemer.“As a young kid in my first couple of years (in hockey), I aspired to do just a fraction of what he had accomplished. I even realized that I had the same number as him at a young age and I thought I would switch to #99 as well one day.” Besemer made the transition to goaltender in the fourth grade. In his first two years, much of Besemer’s experience came as a defenseman with rare appearances in the net.

By the end of the season, Besemer grew comfortable in net and earned his first ever shutout at the end of year tournament.This led to Besemer to search for a new hockey idol. “I was still in the process of looking for an NHL team at a young age and it turned out that the Buffalo Sabres had a goaltender named Ryan Miller,” said Besemer. A combination of the Sabres being Besemer’s local team in upstate-New York and the shared first name of Besemer and Miller has made the UNCW goaltender a lifelong fan.

New women’s soccer staff to begin new era Lanre Badmus STAFF WRITER | @LONNYBADMON The dawn of a new era for UNC Wilmington women’s soccer is set to begin after the appointment of head coach Chris Neal. A young squad of Seahawks endured many growing pains in 2017, but a changing of the guard may help the team provide a stronger showing in 2018. When we last saw the Seahawks… …they had a tough 2017 season under previous coach Paul Cairney. Numerous squad changes and 2016 graduations saw the team

enter a transition phase with many players replaced. Despite the efforts of a few bright spots, an inexperienced team that featured only three seniors finished the season with a 6-11-2 record, good enough for a tie with Towson at the bottom of the Colonial Athletic Association. Soaring into a new era A new coaching staff represents the greatest shift in the program. University alumnus and former assistant coach Neal became only the third head coach in program history when he was appointed at the start of July,

and he will be looking to help right the ship in 2018. A head coach at conference rivals Elon from 2008-2017, Neal may be what UNCW needs to return to winning ways in the season ahead. UNCW graduated three players last season, including midfielder Serenity Waters (three goals and five assists last season). Five freshmen have joined the team, but 23 players from the 2017 team return in 2018.

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August 23, 2018