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Dean hopes new building will take pharmacy school to the next level Jill Corbo
Editor-in-Chief The Wingate University School of Pharmacy did not exist prior to 2002. The program in its entirety had to be developed from scratch. This included everything from the curriculum, the clinical experiences, the faculty, the students and renovating the building. However, in August of 2011, the School of Pharmacy will be in a new facility. This facility will have distance education and patient simulation capacities. “We also hope to take the pedagogy to the next level with respect to the shared responsibility for learning in a more active learning mode. And, we will continue to have a special focus on preventive care and instilling in the patients our graduates serve a sense of
personal responsibility for their own health,” said Dean Robert Supernaw of the School of Pharmacy. Dean Supernaw predicts that in the up and coming future of pharmacy will include additional drugs for a greater number of medical conditions. “I also foresee a greater pharmacists’ responsibility for monitoring these drugs to minimize adverse events and maximize the likelihood of positive outcomes,” said Dean Supernaw. Dean Supernaw is the Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Wingate University as well as a pharmacy professor. He began his Wingate career in
September of 2002 where he was immediately faced with the excited challenge of developing the School of Pharmacy. Since there was not a School of Pharmacy before 2002, Dean
Supernaw found the proposition of starting a new pharmacy program from scratch to be an exciting initiative. He said that building a completely new program was too exciting to overlook.
Although Dean Supernaw did not initially begin his collegiate career on a pharmacy track, pharmacy chose him. He began his academic career majoring in British and American literature and then gravitated to the sciences. “I was far better in science than I was in literature, though at first, I enjoyed literature more,” said Dean Supernaw. He also added, “As I progressed in science, I found the concepts of pharmacology – the mechanisms of drugs in affecting biologic systems – to be of great interest. I was married and too much in debt to continue in graduate school; so I practiced pharmacy for two years.” Dean Supernaw received his doctorate in 1972 after attending Long Beach Community College, Long Beach State See Pharmacy on pg. 2
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Lyceum promises humor, confidence in leadership Morgan Bourne
Staff Writer Dave Kelly, self-titled professional speaker, humorist, trainer and author, is coming to Wingate to host a goal attainment and leadership Lyceum. While Wingate encourages students to get involved in campus activities, take on leadership roles, and become active with the school and surrounding community, that can be tough to balance. For a majority of students, the workload can get overwhelming and students tend to lose some sense of responsibility and motivation. Campus involvement may take a back seat to other aspects of the college experience. Dave Kelly’s Lyceum on Tuesday, January 26 at 9:30 a.m. will address these issues and help students deal with them. The Lyceum will be held in the Recital Hall in the Batte Center. Kelly teaches students across the United States about how to have confidence in leadership positions and how to persevere through tough situations and heavy workloads. Kelly will show why it is essential to get involved on campus. He believes it is important to create social connections in order to further any career or goal. Education can give students the tools with which to work, but the drive to succeed has to come from within.
Kelly’s talk will focus on self confidence and how that influences the drive to succeed. His program differs from a traditional motivational speaker’s and includes audience interaction. “He conducts special training sessions, presentations and workshops, incorporating humor and team work into his forum,” says Graduate Assistant for Leadership Katie Mower. With over 25 years of experience, Kelly has helped high school and college students alike get involved with their schools. Whether it’s with an athletic team, social club or academic organization, there is something for everyone to join. Finding a niche is all part of the maturation process as students transition into the adult world. Kelly has traveled across North America, the Caribbean and Europe, conducting speeches and training sessions for corporations and universities. Whether a student is already committed on a career path or still trying to determine where to go in life, this Personal and Professional Growth Lyceum will be beneficial. For more information, contact Katie Mower at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by her office, located in the DicksonPalmer Student Center.
Correction In a story in the January 14 issue of The Weekly Triangle, the name of John Sugg, new director of academic advising, was misspelled. The Triangle regrets the error.
Pharmacy from Pg. 1 College, Delta College and the University of the Pacific. He also attended the Professional School of Biofeedback in San Francisco. Dr. Supernaw is board certified in Pain Medicine (American academy of Pain Management) and in Forensic Examination (American College of Forensic Examiners). Before arriving at Wingate, Dean Supernaw was part of the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy faculty for 25 years. For his final two years there he served as professor and dean. After the University of the Pacific, Dean Supernaw moved to the Health Sciences Center at Texas Tech School of Pharmacy where he was a professor and associate dean for curriculum and outcomes assessment for five years. This fall will mark Dean Supernaw’s eighth year at Wingate. As the Dean of the School of
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Pharmacy, Dean Supernaw’s duties include overseeing the development of the curriculum, hiring and developing faculty, recruiting and developing students, and managing the finances of the School, as well as special funding development. One of the most important oversight functions of the dean is program quality assurance and accreditation. Dean Supernaw hopes and trusts that graduates of the Wingate University School of Pharmacy will have developed into compassionate, critical thinkers. “I hope and trust that the students will learn that the patient comes first in all professional decision-making,” added Dean Supernaw. In the coming years, Dean Supernaw hopes to remain at Wingate. “I hope to continue to serve our graduates, our students, our faculty and our University right here at Wingate,” said Dean Supernaw. He
also said, “There are many features of deaning that I enjoy; but here at Wingate, I find remaining in the classroom and establishing rapport with the students while teaching my favorite function.” In Dean Supernaw’s spare time, he enjoys reading, writing and repairing broken household items and equipment. Some of his favorite books consist of The Scarlet Letter, Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn and Last of the Mohicans. If Dean Supernaw could go anywhere, he would visit Iceland and he would also enjoy living in Spain. As Dean Supernaw began his collegiate career as a literature major, ended college in the science realm then worked his way from California to North Carolina, he still has an unfulfilled dream; to be a catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Folks who do not have the most convenient access to great skiing can make a shorter trek Opinions Editor to a more local water source for a weekend This time of the year would never be getaway. confused as “the holiday season.” Usually the Like its bouncing ball brethren, Major League greatest celebration of holidays occurs inmber. Baseball shows full-day game coverage on the All holidays, Federal or not, are not treated coinciding lidays. the same. Celebrations range as widely as Of course, the peak of the summer season is American culture itself. Take Martin Luther Independence Day. A celebration any American King, Jr. Day for example. Honoring a man who can enjoy, the Fourth of July ranks near the top did as much for Civil rights as Dr. King did is of commercially exploited holidays. There is a important, but how exited do people get for the large fireworks tent that always goes up by my holiday? house by the second week in June. However, the recent Martin Luther King, Jr. South Carolina, where larger and more Day allowed Federal employees and students mesmerizing fireworks are legal, gross domestic here a day off. While those in the real in the product has to increase significantly in the weeks “real world” may deem the third Monday in leading up to the Fourth. January as a “well-deserved day off,” no student Vacationers at the Grand Strand and Hilton should feel like he or she needs a break. We had Head are not the only ones who take advantage only been going to class for a week and a half prior to the three day weekend. Many professors of the state’s legislature. As an annual visitor of South Carolina-bordering Sunset Beach during use their first day of class to simply go over the the July Fourth week, there are always South syllabus anyway. Carolina purchased fireworks going off on the The NBA certainly takes advantage by having island. all but two teams play from noon through Executives of Ballpark hotdogs and bun midnight. Bobcats fans have been fortunate companies have to enjoy the summer holidays as enough in the last three years to see a home much as much as the firework makers. Nathan’s matinee. Students can see or work the game Famous hosts the annual hot dog eating contest, and still get back to campus by dinner time. boosted by the ESPN live coverage. How else Content provider TNT, who usually shows games would consumers know to buy a product other only on Thursday nights, gives basketball fans a than what is promoted by Michael Jordan? treat by showing a triple header of high quality Even though it creates the most commercial matchups. Monday’s lineup was capped off by a impact, Christmas has to be the most rematch last season’s finals. controversial. It is the one Federal holiday that Winter sport enthusiasts take advantage of people are afraid to express their celebrating. the long weekend to go to their favorite ski slope, “Happy Holidays” is used more and more each driving up rates at these slopes. The same can be in the fear of offending a non-Christian. There said for Washington’s Birthday/ Presidents’ Day, is no substitution for wishing someone a happy which falls on Feb. 15 this year. New Year or a happy Other annual Monday Federal holidays are Even if you do not outwardly express your often more conducive to vacationing than the graditude for some of these holidays, what is ones that fall in the winter months. Memorial important is thinking about what they represent. Day and Labor Day serve as the unofficial They are all holidays for a good reasons. beginning and end, respectively, to summer.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Rock Boat set sail for its 10th straight year Sam Schipman
Staff writer “If you’re not a music lover, then this cruise is not for you,” stated singer and songwriter Pat McGee during his meet and greet. McGee is referring to a music lover’s dream vacation, The Rock Boat (TRB). This month was the 10th time that TRB set sail. In 2001, Sister Hazel and Dexter Freebish were the only artists to play the first annual TRB. Sister Hazel joined forces with Sixthman to create a one-of-akind fan experience. According to Sixthman’s website, they are “an affinity travel company based in Atlanta, GA, that creates unique experiences by bringing together like-minded
people in exclusive, interactive and intimate environments.” This year, I went with nine friends. We were treated to 25 different artists playing various types of music. Most of the artists are singer/songwriters and play music similar to Sister Hazel. Carbon Leaf provided bluegrass and Gaelic Storm provided high energy Irish rock. With this many artists to choose from, it can be a challenge to decide who to see. No TRB would be complete without theme nights. Each theme night was announced via Youtube by the participating artist. The first night was “Pajama Party with Wideawake.” The band invited fans to come to their show dressed in pajamas. Many fans borrowed the
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Songwriter’s Panel consisted of Marc Broussard, Pat McGee, Jim Bianco, Stephen Kellogg and Will Hoge.
robes from their cabins provided by Carnival. Gaelic Storm hosted the second theme night, St. Patty’s Day Night. The band asked that fans wear green and just act like they normally would to celebrate the holiday. The last theme night was the Mardi Gras Masquerade with Louisiana’s own Marc Broussard. The ship was leaving Cozumel, Mexico and the Masquerade was to kick off on the Lido deck with Broussard playing a concert. However, Mother Nature decided there would be huge swells and rainy weather. This caused all shows on the Lido to be postponed until Sunday. Even though Broussard’s show was moved to the next day, the theme night went on anyway. Fans were decked out in bright colors, beads and masquerade masks. Each year the cruise attempts to visit two locations. However, the weather usually makes it impossible to reach both destinations. This year, Sixthman decided to only visit one place: Cozumel, Mexico. Early Saturday morning, Carnival Inspiration docked. Because
the swells were so bad, the captain canceled all water activities. People could leave the boat for shopping and eating if they chose. Many of the artists stepped up and played sets for the fans who chose to stay on board. I’m glad I chose to catch great shows instead because it began to rain very hard. Since this was the tenth anniversary, this year’s theme was a birthday party for TRB. The website featured a cartoon birthday cake shaped like the Roman numeral ten. During the sail away, a large cake in the shape of the Roman numeral ten was presented. There was also a champagne toast with Sister Hazel for everyone
during their sail away show. On the final night, there was another celebration. A little after midnight, fans gathered around four decks to view the Atrium stage. Several different artists took turns playing covers and a few originals. The performances went on until 3:30. During Wideawake’s performance, hundreds of colorful balloons were released. During several different performances, red, white and blue streamers were shot off. A few rowdy fans decided to throw rolls of toilet paper, which went from deck to deck. It’s hard to describe The Rock Boat to those who have never been. It’s a four day party featuring great music. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, www.sixthman. net has all the info.
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Rain High: 44 Low: 37
Friday, Jan. 22 Mostly Cloudy High: 54 Low: 34
Monday, Jan. 25 Partly Cloudy High: 58 Low: 35
Saturday, Jan. 23 Partly Cloudy High: 54 Low: 41
Sunday, Jan. 24
Cloudy High: 67 Low: 41 Tuesday, Jan. 26 Wednesday, Jan. 27 Sunny Sunny High: 54 High: 54 Low: 31 Low: 33
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Weekend Blitz Ski Trip to Beech Mountain Jan. 23
Shopping Trip at Concord Mills Mall Jan. 30 Dr. McGee’s Super Bowl Bash Feb. 7 Air Band Feb. 17 Charlotte Bobcats Game Feb. 19 Checkers Game March 13 Parson’s Dance Company March 26 Paintball at PBC Sports Park April 9 Movie on the lawn on Jefferson Quad
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UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, Jan. 21 Lyceum: Leadership Certificate @ 6 p.m. Lyceum: Diversity Dialogue @ 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 Women’s Basketball v Tusculum @ 2 p.m. Men’s Basketball v Tusculum @ 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25 SGA Meeting 7 p.m. Lyceum: Jessica Handler @ 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 Lyceum: Confidence in Leadership by Dave Kelly @ 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 Women’s Basketball v Lenoir-Rhyne @ 6 p.m. Men’s Basketball v Lenoir-Rhyne @ 8 p.m.
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Total Body Sculpt 5:00
All Abs 4:00
Arms and Abs 6:00
Total Body Sculpt 7:00
Spring Fling April 23
Ultimate Abs 8:00
Yoga 6:00 Ultimate Abs 7:00 Take it Off 7:30
ZUMBA 6:30 Hot Yoga 8:00
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Kiffin shows lack of character in Wingate names All Decade soccer teams jump to Southern California Allison Smith
Staff Writer The Wingate sports information staff has recently named All-Decade men’s and women’s soccer teams. The teams are composed of forwards, midfielders, and defenders, along with a goalie and a player of the decade. Players for both the men and women’s team were selected based on their recognitions and contributions on a national and regional level as well as in conference. For the men’s team the four forwards named are Ben Hill, Benj Bostic, Junior Nyemb, and Robert Dawson. The three midfielders are Adam Denton, Luke Mulholland, and Kerrin Sheldon. Ben Clark, Thomas Szvetitiz, and Tommy Davies were named the three defenders of the All-Decade team. The goalie selection was Philip Poole and the player of the decade is junior midfielder Luke Mulholland. Coach Gary Hamill was very pleased with the selections for the All-Decade team, “Obviously there are other great players throughout the decade and everyone cannot get on the team. There are several All-Americans on this team and the rest are all region, that speaks for itself.” He was also very proud of his junior midfielder for receiving player of the decade. “Luke Mulholland is by far the most influential player that I have ever coached in 18 seasons. There is no argument on that at all it was a no brainer. If you take Luke the player and Luke the person he is to his team mates on and off the field its
hands down the best overall player we have had here at Wingate.” The women’s All -Decade team was composed with just as much athletic talent and decorated athletes as the men’s team. Julie Law, Kerstin Williams, Veronica Acosta, and Kelly Adams were named the four forwards to the All-Decade team. The two midfielders chosen were Katie Strand and Lisa Service. Annie Hoecherl, Kelly Munchel, Madi Welch, and Megan Mastalerz compiled the four defenders, with Elizabeth Rogers as the goalie selection. The women’s player of the decade was Julie Law. Law holds the record for alltime leading goal scorer and second all-time in scoring. Former soccer coach Andy Thompson commented that “in order to have a chance to win every game you play in women’s soccer at any level, you need to have at least two things: a good goal scorer and a good keeper. Julie was one of the best goal scorers to ever play in the South Atlantic Conference. She gave us a chance to win every game.”
Staff Writer Loyalty. Honor. Respect. These are some of the qualities that a college football coach is supposed to have. They are to be loyal to their university while employed, not looking for the easy way out. They should run their programs with honor, not cutting corners and certainly not breaking rules to get ahead. Finally, football coaches should treat their players, fellow coaches and administrators with respect. Not too hard, right? Apparently, it is for Lane Kiffin. Last week Kiffin bolted the University of Tennessee after just one season to take the head coaching position at the University of Southern California. Kiffin didn’t exactly set the world on fire at Tennessee, pilling up a 7-6 record including a beat down at the hands of Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. USC managed to avoid the fact that Kiffin’s career coaching record is an outstanding 12-21.
In his wake, Kiffin leaves with Tennessee with six NCAA violations that occurred during his 14 month tenure, including allegations that Kiffin sent Tennessee students to a high school game as recruiting “hostesses.” The tactic worked, since the players that the “hostesses” were sent for ended up making verbal commitments to play for the Vols. If Kiffin tried and was successful with this stunt with the Tennessee girls, imagine the success he could have with the bleached blonde and tan girls in Los Angeles. Kiffin made many promises at Tennessee that he was unable to keep. Singing “Rocky Top” all night long after beating Florida? Not even close. The only song Kiffin heard when the Volunteers played Florida was “Happy Trails” after losing 23-13. Winning a lot of games? Last time I checked, seven wins isn’t that big of an accomplishment. Having the hardest working staff? Yes and no. While Kiffin’s staff may have worked hard on recruiting, they didn’t work hard on discipline. Tennessee had three players get arrested during the season for an attempted armed robbery.
have already enrolled. When Kiffin announced that he was leaving last week, classes were just getting underway. The players who are already there are committed to playing the 2010 season under new coach Derek Dooley. Further hurting Tennessee is the fact that Kiffin made his move just a few weeks before National Signing Day. The Vols had the sixth ranked recruiting class, but have already lost a few of their high profile signings. It’s not as if Kiffin cares about the recruits and the players he left behind. Tennessee will have to suffer the consequences for the poor decisions that Kiffin made, likely through a loss of scholarships or a postseason ban. Interestingly, USC is also under investigation by the NCAA for a series of violations under its previous head coach, Pete Carroll. I’m not a rocket scientist, but I’m guessing that Kiffin and the Trojans haven’t had their last run in with the NCAA compliance department. None of that matters to USC, though. They have their man in Kiffin as well as all of the unwanted baggage that accompanies him.
The biggest losers in this saga are the recruits who signed with Tennessee and
Sports Stumper Top seeds New Orleans and Indianapolis will host the championship games in both the NFC and AFC this weekend. When was the last time both #1 seeds hosted in the conference championship round? Answer to last week’s question: Saban won the BCS national championship with LSU in 2003.
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Women’s basketball blows out Brevard to earn their ninth win of the season Bryant Lilley
Staff Writer The Wingate University women’s basketball team improved their record to 9-6 overall and 2-3 in the SAC by defeating Brevard College (6-9, 0-6) at Cuddy Arena by a score of 82-56. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10 point halftime lead and never looked back. Wingate was led by center Stacie Rhodes who contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds, even while getting into -Stacie foul trouble early. Rhodes said the early fouls did affect her play a little bit because she could not be quite as aggressive and it kept her out of the flow of the game. Junior forward Stefani Shuey stepped in for Rhodes and gave the Bulldogs some valuable minutes. She finished the game with 13 points. “We got the ball in the paint, posted up hard and out sized them,” said Rhodes. The Bulldogs committed 34 fouls in the game and were in the bonus in less than five minutes into the second half. This did not stop the Bulldogs from running their fast pace offense and intense full court defense. Even while committing so many fouls, the Bulldogs defense still held Brevard to a miserable shooting percentage of 17.7 percent. “We play good defense as a whole, but we did a particularly good job today,” said Wingate assistant coach Alan Klein. Klein said Erica Crumlin “set
the tone” by shutting down the Tornados number one player, Samantha Winn. Winn averages close 20 points per game, but Crumlin held her to just 6. The Bulldogs also got some spectacular play from sophomore guard Kurie Washington. Washington who played in her first game since coming off an injury contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds. “She is the straw that stirs the drink and I think they (Brevard) understand that too,” said Rhodes Klein.
“I feel like we are starting to turn the corner.”
The Bulldogs have had their ups and downs this season. “We beat Francis Marion which we weren’t supposed to win that game, but we also lost to Catawba and that should have been a win for us,” said Rhodes. “But I feel like we are starting to turn the corner.” While the Bulldogs put up 10 more points then their average, the offense looked skeptical at times, turning the ball over 25 times. Klein said limiting turnovers will play a key role with the most important part of the season coming up. The Bulldogs will close the season with 11 straight SAC matchups. Wingate’s next home game will be against Tusculum on Saturday, January 23 at Cuddy Arena at 2 p.m.
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Senior forward Stacie Rhodes attempts a free throw during Wingate’s win over Brevard.
Washington plays through jaw injury Tayler Middleton
Staff Writer Kurie Washington, a forward out of Marion, North Carolina, came into the match up Saturday against Brevard (6-9, 0-6 SAC) battling a jaw injury. As a sophomore, Washington has continued to lead the team on the court averaging seventeen points a game which is the highest on the team. During the week leading up to the game, Washington went through intense rehab or her injured jaw which consisted of a lot of ice and ultra sound. She also must continue to heat and move her jaw in order to keep it from getting stiff. During Saturday’s game, Washington led the team in points and rebounds which assisted the Bulldogs (9-6, 2-3 SAC) to an 82-56 victory over Brevard. After the game I had the chance to ask her how her jaw was feeling. “I had a little pain throughout the game but just had to keep moving it and tried my best to avoid contact,” Washington stated. She also wore a mouthpiece for more protection. “I’m one of the stronger players on the team. Today my team needed me, so I had no choice but to suck up my pain and play my hardest.”
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Athlete Spotlight Men’s basketball comes up Becca Gerbert just short against Brevard Year: Senior Sports: Swimming Hometown: South Euclid, OH Career Highlights:Two time All Bluegrass Mountain Conference, NCAA National B-cut qualifier, member of school record 200 freestyle relay team, two time team MVP of high school swim team Best Advice Heard: “Get a college degree. No wait, now you need more.” Who I Would Have Dinner with: Carrie Staff Photo
Wingate forward Bradley Van Staalduinen defends Brevard’s Jonathan Whitson during Saturday’s game.
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Staff Writer Rebecca Gerbert, has been a four-year swimmer for the Bulldogs. She decided to swim for Wingate almost immediately. “I stepped out of the car and just loved it. The campus was beautiful and I really liked the team. And I wanted to go somewhere it doesn’t snow,” said Gerbert. Gerbert started swimming at an early age. “My dad wanted me to learn to swim. He grew up on an island and thought that it was really important.” She also participated in other sports as a child. “I danced, played soccer and volleyball also. I had to choose which between them several times and swimming happened to be my
final choice.” Her decision has helped the undefeated Bulldogs. “This year we have a lot of unity, a positive attitude, and we get along.” Gerbert aided the Bulldogs in the sweeps of Pfeiffer and Lenior-Rhyne Saturday by winning her three events, the 200-meter medley relay, the 100-meter butterfly, and the 200-meter free relay. Gerbert is accustomed to doing well in the pool. While at Charles F. Brush High School, Gerbert was All Ohio, AllAmerican, and ranked fourth in Ohio for Division II. “We train hard, and are pushed by our coaches,” Gerbert says of why the Bulldogs have been successful.
Despite a strong effort in the second half, the Wingate men’s basketball team (10-6, 3-2 SAC) suffered a tough 88-87 loss to Brevard on Saturday. With less than 30 seconds on the clock Brevard (11-5, 4-2) had the advantage 8784 however, Wingate had possession of the ball. Coach Good called a timeout and all Wingate fans could do was hope that the right play was called. Paidrick Matilus hit the three point shot to tie the game 87-87. Wingate only had to defend the Tornado’s last push in order to force overtime. With only 6 seconds left Wingate player Jaime Vaughn fouled Brevard player Josh Roper who was able to make one of his two free throw attempts. With one last possession of the ball
Wingate attempted to take the lead with a shot by Matilus. Vaughn was able to rebound the shot but Brevard blocked the layup. Head Coach Brian Good had a few thoughts on the last plays of the game. The 3-point shot to tie the game was “ran well with two different options to tie the game.” However the play did not work because “there was too much time left.” The team should have taken their time with the shot because there was plenty of time left on the shot clock. But overall Coach Good says, “The play was executed well.” The score was close most of the game. However, at half time Brevard led 48-38 and Jaime Vaughn said this was because the team “let the intensity drop.” Vaughn also stated that “[the team] needs to work on rebounding.” Wingate was able to rally in the second half to make it a close game. Vaughn was proud
of his team for “never giving up.” There were five times in the second half where Wingate was only trailing by one but the team was unable to take the lead. When Coach Good was asked about his overall thoughts on the game he noted the team’s “poor defense and that [they] should not be giving up 88 points in a game.” He also states that they “never had a great rhythm and they were unable to establish Odell Turner who fouled out of the game.” Turner leads the team with 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game but was unable to make much of an impact in this game. The Bulldogs next game will will return home on Saturday, January 23 at 4 p.m. to play Tusculum.
Swimming teams celebrate Senior Day with blowout wins Sam Bare
Staff Writer It was the last time 12 of the swimmers would compete in the Wingate University natatorium. Saturday marked senior day for the Wingate University’s men’s and women’s swim teams and the only home meet of the season. Nine men and three women swam their last meet in the home pool in a double dual meet against Pfeiffer University and Lenoir-Rhyne University. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the meet. Samantha Vencl described the senior day experience as “surreal.” Teammate Rebecca Gerbert said the meet felt “bittersweet” to her. “It was kind of sad because it was my last home meet but kind of exciting too,” she said. The trio of senior women, Vencl, Gerbert and Lara Golesorski, all took home individual wins. Among the senior men, Mason Norman, Kevin Hennessy and Kyle Corcoran achieved individual wins. All seniors came away with at least a first or second place finish in the meet. During the first break in the meet, the seniors were accompanied by their families to receive senior plaques. “It was weird because it didn’t seem like our last home meet,” Norman said. “It was exciting because you’re a senior but sad since you know you’re never going to compete at home again,” added Hennessey. Hennessey reflected on the impact swimming has had on his college experience. “I’ve had the privilege of meeting
great people, having great friends and of being part of a team that I wouldn’t have found anywhere else,” he said. “The closeness and atmosphere of it is not something that can be duplicated. It’s not something I’ve seen on other teams. It has been a real privilege and is something I will miss.” Vencl said swimming helped “define who I am. It’s taught me time management, friendship and being responsible, among other things.” Head coach Kirk Sanocki said this team understands the importance of taking advantage of each moment. “When you don’t have something anymore, you realize how awesome it was,” he said. “You want to embrace it and not let it fly by. This class understands that and has taken advantage of what’s in front of them.” He said this senior class has contributed heavily to forming the identity of swimming at Wingate and left a strong legacy for the younger team members. This senior class was the largest in swimming history on the men’s side. “When you have a big class like that, that’s good,” said Sanocki. “It means they stayed dedicated and hopefully got something positive out of it.” The season is not over yet for the Bulldogs, however. Next week’s meet will be in Georgia against Emory University and Delta State University (Miss.) “This meet was a great confidence builder for next week’s big meet,” said assistant coach Dan Kesler.
Sports Editor 1. The Wingate swim teams each picked up dominating victories over Pfeiffer and the women’s team enjoyed a victory over LenoirRhyne during Senior Day on Saturday. The men’s team ranked 10th beat Pfeiffer 130-65 while the women’s team beat Pfeiffer 77-18 and Lenoir-Rhyne 73-22. Wingate will close out the regular season this weekend against Emory and Delta State in Atlanta. 2. For the first time in their brief franchise history, the Charlotte Bobcats are above .500 at this point in the season with a 20-19 record. The Bobcats have won five games in a row and eight straight home games with their victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday afternoon. The Bobcats will play at home tonight and Saturday before going on the road for a week. 3. After a 17 year absence, the University of Vermont women’s basketball team has returned to the Top 25 rankings. Vermont native and Triangle editor-in-chief Jill Corbo would be proud that the Catamounts are the first team in American East conference history to be ranked. Vermont beat some good teams on its way to a 14-3 record, including road victories at NC State and Boston College. 4. In a television event that has been circled on my calendar since it premiered, tonight is the season finale of MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” I recently watched an episode of the controversial show and would like to have been given my 60 minutes back at the end or given the opportunity to lower the egos of a few cast members. Here’s hoping that MTV will decide not to bring the show back for a second season. 5. After weeks of cold temperatures, Wingate finally got a break at the end of last week as temperatures rose into the 60 degree range for the first time since November. While it is still January and many weeks of winter remain, hopefully the warm spell is a sign that spring and its warmer temperatures will be here shortly.
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LOW FIVE 1. Prayers go out to those who were affected by the earthquake in Haiti last week. At last check, the death toll was at an estimated 40,000 victims and may rise due to a lack of clean water and food. If you would like to help out, any monetary donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated. 2. In a stunning, sad story, 26 year old Gaines Adams died of a heart attack on Sunday. Adams finished his third professional season as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Prior to playing in the NFL, Adams had a standout career at Clemson University and was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. 3. Although many people believe that baseball is only played in the summer, a number of professional players continue to play in the Dominican Winter League. Over the weekend, former MLB player and current Licey Tigers manager Jose Offerman was ejected for arguing balls and strikes. Instead of just heading to the showers, Offerman ran out on the field in protest and took a punch at home plate umpire Daniel Rayburn. The punch missed, but Rayburn lost his balance and fell to the ground as Offerman was detained by the police. Offerman has since been given a lifetime ban from the Dominican League. This isn’t Offerman’s first on field escapade, as he charged the mound with a bat after being hit by a pitch in a 2007 Atlantic League game. 4. Heading in to the NFL playoffs, the San Diego Chargers were the trendy pick to represent the AFC in Super Bowl XLIV. Instead of taking the field on Super Sunday, the Chargers will be watching it on their big screens after a 1714 loss to the New York Jets. Phillip Rivers threw two untimely interceptions, the Charger offense had three fumbles and a rash of dumb penalties (kicking a challenge flag) which hurt the Chargers chances at victory. Kicker Nate Kaeding missed three field goals in the loss. Rivers is the only quarterback in the 2004 draft class to not win a Super Bowl. 5. A major factor in the turnaround of East Carolina football had been head coach Skip Holtz. Holtz, the son of coaching legend and ESPN commentator Lou Holtz, racked up a record of 38-27 before taking the head coaching position at South Florida late last week. While the Pirates have some talented players, Holtz was the person who made it work. The Pirates have a lot of potential, but it will be interesting to see how they do without Holtz.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Banned books: For centuries, censorship has had effect on ideas in popular culture Rhonda Naylor Staff Writer
Imagine a world without great works of literature. Or for you movie goers, imagine never experiencing the magical world of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Many of the greatest books were once banned or challenged in several cities. People around the United States challenged them, banned them, or in some cases held book burnings. According to ‘Book Burning in America’ by Kenneth A. Paulson, found on www. freedomforum.org, “there are documented book burning cases as early as 213 B.C. when Confucian books were ignited in an act of government persecution.” During the Nazi rise to power, over 20,000 books were burned on May 10, 1933 as a student rally. The largest burning occurred in 1992 as Serb forces attacked the Sarajevo National Library and in three days destroyed over a million books and a hundred thousand manuscript and records. Closer to home, in Alamogordo, NM, on a winter evening in 2002, it was Harry Potter who went up in flames. Paulson states that “several hundred members of Christ Community Church sang “Amazing Grace” in a public book burning that targeted J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books, “Star Wars” products and popular music.” The church pastor, Jack Brock contended that the books chronicling the adventures of a young wizard promoted witchcraft and “the powers of darkness.”
The Ethel K. Smith Library, on campus, as well as libraries across the nation, holds an annual event to celebrate the freedom to read during Banned Book Week, September 25 through October 2. Not only do they highlight attempted or banned books, they also draw attention to the harms
of Maya Angelou, we learn of her early struggles and how she overcame them through her love of literature to become the great inspirational speaker she is today. Banned because of its sexual content, this book has helped many to find their own strength through tragedy. “Like most children, I thought
of his skin and walk around in it.”- To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch to daughter Scout. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger was released in 1951 and became a best seller in just weeks. Yet in 1960, a school principal fired a teacher
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was banned in 1885, a year after it was published for its use of slang. It tells the story of a young boy and a runaway slave. Criticism shifted over the years to its use of the “n” word, which is used over two hundred times. Many teachers substitute the word with “slave” or “servant.” “It’s lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.” – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling made her a household name and riveted a nation in 1997. By 2001, parents everywhere challenged it, citing it because of its witchcraft, violence, and overall scariness. “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sirius Black.
of censorship. Many attempts to ban books were stopped thanks to librarians, teachers, booksellers, and community members who retained them in their collections. The top ten “banned books” of 2009 can be found at www. toptenz.net. Some of these books are and remain popular among elementary, junior, and high school students. Many of these books continue to have impacts on the various readers. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the autobiography
if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it.” -I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was challenged many times for the way it deals with racial issues, but its character, Atticus Finch became a national hero, morally and racially. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb inside
for using the novel for an 11th grade class. It is still considered slang and sexual by many critics. th
“What I like best is a book that’s at least funny once in a while...What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” –The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caufield.
In my humble opinion, ‘En Vogue’ had it right when they sang, “Free your mind and the rest will follow.” By appreciating our differences, we celebrate our freedom of expression, our First Amendment rights. Great writers have the ability to move us and evoke raw emotions from us as we become immersed in the words they write. Words, that enlighten us, bring us to tears, or make us laugh out loud. Their words have the power to affect millions. For readers everywhere, that is the true magic.
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Students become global citizens by studying abroad Kevin Goode
are able to do and comprehend.”
When students journey abroad, the experiences open up whole new worlds to them and gives them opportunities to meet people from different countries that have had diverse life experiences that they would otherwise not have access to. Wingate’s International Studies program takes students that have an interest in traveling abroad and gives them the opportunity to be immersed in a new culture as well as a new language. Jennifer Armentrout, Director of International Studies said, “ If students are studying language, it’s pretty much imperative that they go abroad to have that immersion experience because that’s when language ability just skyrockets as far as what they
their school is, where their favorite café is, start making some friends and they want to travel,” said Armentrout. “By that time it’s time to leave. The longer the better to get the most benefit out of it.”
She continued, “The home stay families generally have very little English ability. When you are in somebody else’s house and somebody else’s country they have different ways of saying things that are not going to be in a text book.” Students going abroad have several options as to how long they want to take part. Students can remain abroad up to Photo by Kevin Goode four weeks, six Director of international studies, Jennifer Armenweeks, eight weeks ortrout. the shortest version a that the students do at least a 10 day W’International. semester abroad. Because once students get there and figure “It’s recommended out where they live, where
When students begin their inquiries into traveling abroad money is always at the top of the list in concerns, followed by concerns with being able to finish school on time. There is a program called Wings offered, which is tied to financial aid. A number of scholarships are also available. Students going abroad also have the opportunity to take courses that are transferable credits. “It’s always going to cost money to go abroad,” said Armentrout. “The thing that they have to look for long term is it’s an investment in their marketable skills, because that’s the whole point is to be able to present them as unique in the job market.”
The importance of traveling abroad for students is much more than just learning about how others live in different parts of the world. The journey a student takes becomes a lesson in growing into a better rounded global citizen. Armentrout explained, “One of the big ones that people don’t realize until after the experience is over is personal growth that has happened while they were abroad. If you go to Japan and you’re not really fluent in the language, you have to learn how to navigate like someone who is basically turning yourself into a baby. You don’t know how to use the phone. You don’t know how to ask for different food.” “Once you have gone through those kinds of accomplishments on your own or are able to figure that out. That’s a great way to be independent and show that you can be adaptable and flexible in any situation,” Armentrout added.
Senior Spotlight: Junior Nyemb Junior Nyemb, a senior from Cameroon, Africa never takes anything for granted. He is majoring in modern languages with a minor in Communications and plans to utilize every skill he has gained at Wingate University. He became aware of Wingate University while playing in a soccer tournament in Cameroon.
South, people move slower, they speak to one another, and hold doors open.” He described his city as fast paced. One of his favorite things about the United States has been playing soccer. “When I played at home, you only had the bare minimum and t-shirt and maybe a jersey,” explained Nyemb. He went on to describe how fortunate he has been to play soccer at Wingate. He appreciates the small amenities of a nice field and locker room that other schools are not so lucky to have.
Nyemb is now enjoying his fourth year in the United States. The first year here was quite a culture shock. He explained some of the major differences stating, “In the
After his graduation in May, Nyemb hopes to explore the possibility of being a professional soccer player, and also is applying for graduate school in North Carolina. He is
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When speaking of his college experience Nyemb explains that he believes that college is the best thing that can happen to a person. When attending college they are given the opportunity to take charge of their own lives and make decisions. His advice to other students would be, “Enjoy it because it all ends.”
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fluent in three languages, his native language French, English, and Spanish. A dream job he has is to be a foreign diplomat. “It’s the best position I can be in to help my country,” says Nyemb.
Nyemb is certainly enjoying every moment of his college experience and hopes to continue to make the most of his life. His favorite memory at Wingate is scoring the winning goal his junior year during the SAC (South Atlantic Conference) semifinals against Lenoir-Rhyne University in overtime with only six seconds left.
Favorite Food: Steak Favorite Movie: Avatar Favorite Quote: “If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone?” If you won the lottery, what would you buy? “A house for my parents” Where do you see yourself in ten years? “It would be nice to be an ambassador for Cameroon in the States.”
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Sarah’s Scripture Space Things To Do Word Search Romans 8:18-25 Sarah Briggs Columnist
The recent earthquake in Haiti has really refocused many people’s thoughts on suffering and relief this past week. So much so, that my pastor from home decided to talk about suffering in his message this past Sunday. His words really meant a lot to our congregation, and also to me personally because often times I fail to see past the present sufferings in my life. God’s creation is huge, and every aspect of creation is affected by suffering in some way. The fall of mankind as talked about in Genesis 3 is the reason of all this suffering. This suffering is something that can be dwelled on endlessly, but what sometimes we fail to see is the hope that results after the suffering. Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree in hopes of gaining wisdom. Satan tempted mankind in hopes of destroying it. The world was subjected
to sin in hope that its faith would be restored in a Savior. In this passage in Romans, Paul writes that “our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us” (verse 18). This glory is the hope in Christ that all of creation is eagerly in anticipation for, even longing for it. God, the one who subjected the world to fertility, did so “in hope that creation itself would be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (verse 21). When it all boils down, Christ completely outweighs any sufferings that we may experience. The people on disaster relief teams to Haiti go in hopes of relieving Haitian people of their present sufferings. Breakups, cancer, and earthquakes are all terrible sufferings, but no matter how great our sufferings, God is bigger than it all. He is our hope.
Romans 8:18-25 18I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21that[a] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
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Winter weather strikes the body Anna Lee Croom
Staff Writer As a new year is upon us, many have begun to embark on new resolutions and fitness goals. It is not unusual to see unfamiliar faces in the gym and lower calorie choices at restaurant venues. Many see this time as a way to ‘start fresh’. Although this outlook is very positive and true, there may be something in the ‘air’ that holds us back. With the cold air creeping back in, it is likely that many would want to curl up on the couch rather than venture out to the gym or for a run. World Sports Science stated that exercising in cold temperatures may actually be dangerous for some people. “Cold weather affects the bodily systems in different ways. The
cardiovascular system, the heart-connected network of vessels that distributes blood throughout the body, responds to cold stimulus by increasing blood pressure and heart rate, and reducing the amount of blood closest to the skin surface. The airway passages of the cardio respiratory system, which governs the breathing mechanisms, tend to narrow, making the inhalation of air more difficult. Persons who are susceptible to asthma or exercise-induced bronchitis have greater difficulty breathing in cold air. The bodily stores of glucose, stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles and converted to the energy component adenosine triphosphate (ATP), are depleted approximately five times more quickly in cold
weather, a circumstance that forces the body to switch to the conversion of body fat to ATP for its energy requirements.” All of these negatives may make you wonder, “So what’s the point?”
When asked how the cold weather affects her running schedule, Junior cross country runner, Alicia Harbold stated: “It definitely is a lot more motivating to run when its warmer outside, but I would rather run outside
in the freezing cold than on a treadmill, any day!” It’s not unlikely that after a full day of classes, work or other obligations, your body simply will not move from the couch. But there are some healthy tips to keep your body at its best, even when the weather is not. Lynn Boyd of CareerIntelligence.com stated, “There are multiple exercise options one can choose to participate in regardless of what the outdoor thermometer reads.” For those who enjoy exercising outside, “Get warm first. A proper warm-up is critical. Cold temperatures can make your muscles tight and therefore they are more prone to injuries. So, it’s important to get them warmed-up prior to engaging in intense physical activity.” It is also important to layer up before you make your
way out into the cold. Boyd also stated, “Don’t strip when you get inside. While you may be tempted to immediately remove your layers when returning inside, give your body time to adjust. Post exercise hypothermia is possible. This happens when your body rapidly loses its heating stores. It is also important to drink up. It’s just as important to stay hydrated when exercising in winter as it is in summer, even though you might not feel as thirsty.” For those who would rather dive under the covers than exercise outside, walking to the gym to work out is also a positive way to stay in shape. With the many fun workout classes offered at Wingate, it would be a shame to let them to go to waste. The cold weather may dampen our motivation, but it
Key points to a more effective interview Amanda Murree
You get the phone call back, and you’re “not what they’re looking for.” Or even worse, you don’t get a call back. Many people wonder “what did I do wrong” when it comes to not getting that “dream” job or internship, and sometimes even a rejection letter from a graduate program you may have been interviewed for, but according to Candice Sturdivant, Coordinator of Employer Relationships at Wingate University, many people make the same mistakes when it comes to interviews. Sturdivant believes that one of the most important things when it comes to being an interviewee is that you are confident and have done
your research: “One of the first things that may turn the interviewer off is if the interviewee does not know anything about the company. Also, if they don’t speak with confidence and they did not do their research, they probably are unable to answer any of the interviewer’s questions,” says Sturdivant. Doing research before your interview will not only help you decide whether you are right for the position, but it will also allow you to tell the interviewer what you can bring to the table when it comes to what they are looking for. After an interview, many are left with the question “now what?” If you are feeling as though the interview did not go as well as you would have hoped, following up with the interviewer is always the best route to go. Start off by
sending a thank you note by e-mail or mail immediately after the interview to keep you fresh in the interviewer’s mind. If you still have not heard back by day five, give them a call! If you cannot seem to get in touch with your interviewer and have yet to hear back, “don’t get discouraged,” says Sturdivant, “just continue to look for other opportunities because although you may not have received a call back, the may remember you and your qualities and they may know a company looking for someone with the qualities you possess. Right now the economy is really shaky and it’s hard.” So how do you know if you made a mistake? Following up with the interviewer can really help with realizing the mistakes you may have made,
but it’s always a good thing to remember what made you feel uncomfortable during your interview so that you can prepare better for next time. Here are a few tips for preparing and acing your next interview: 1. Dress to Impress! “Do not overdress,” says Sturdivant, “be simplistic; you are mainly there to tell them about your skills and what you can bring to the table.” 2. Research the position you are applying for. 3. Practice! “Always learn from previous interviews and talk to other folks about their interviews and learn from their mistakes,” says Sturdivant. 4. Talk up the receptionist: Many recruiters will ask the opinion of the receptionist about who he or she believed
was the best candidate. 5. Always leave a business or contact card! If students have drafted a resume and have had it approved by Sturdivant in the Internships & Career and Development office in Alumni, they will provide you with 15 free contact cards! If you still feel as though you need a little extra preparation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Internships & Career Development office located on the first floor of Alumni to set up an appointment for a mock interview or even for just some regularly asked interview questions. Lastly, don’t forget to practice!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Commissioners urge student participation in Jan. 26 meeting Jennifer Bower
Staff Writer The Wingate Board of Commissioners meeting on Jan. 19 yielded important issues relevant to Wingate students. The most relevant issues discussed included a Greenway nature trail, a new park at the Hyland Community, the possibility of an ABC liquor store and a whole new plan for the town. The Greenway is a part of the Carolina Thread Way which would make a county-wide trail. Dryw Blanchard, the town manager commented that “It is a good way to link our communities.” To go along with beautifying the town, the Hyland Park community, which is across 74 from the University’s main entrance, will have a park built. The park project would build a basketball court, a playground, a walking trail and a commu-
nity center. Since the town has approved the liquor licensing, some changes are planned to come to Wingate. Blanchard thinks the liquor licensing will bring new restaurants and businesses to
“Once the bypass comes, it will change us dramatically.” -Mayor Bill Brasswell
town. To bring an ABC liquor store to Wingate, the commissioners will set up a board to either approve the plan or decline it. On Tuesday Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting in
Laverne Banquet Hall on campus to go over a comprehensive plan for the town. Students are encouraged to participate in the discussion. Bill Braswell, the mayor of Wingate, is trying to get students and residents to provide input. The issues to be discussed will be town growth, a plan for a new downtown area, transportation, and utilities. “Once the bypass comes, it will change us dramatically. It’s a once-in-a town’s lifetime opportunity to make our downtown,” said Mayor Braswell. The mayor has been looking at different towns and how their downtowns have been planned. It is a good opportunity for Wingate students to tell the town commissioners and the mayor what you want to see change and come to the town. You can also check out the plans and the projects on Wingate2020.com.
The Poet’s Corner The Road Ahead Rhonda Naylor
As I approach the corners, the shadows disappear The darkness is behind me, the way ahead seems clear. The fears that used to haunt me have become a distant memory And on the path ahead, a light beckons to me. There’s something that awaits me, something I have yet to find. A mysterious adventure that will fill my heart and mind. I can’t dwell on my yesterdays, only learn from my mistakes Now I await the future and new challenges to take.
Greek organizations to welcome new members in the new year Cameron Quick Managing Editor Wingate University’s Greek Life is currently in the works of welcoming new members during their informal recruitment process. This is an exciting time for all organizations as they prepare to expand their chapters. Each organization will be holding separate events throughout the next few weeks. During the Spring semester, the Panhellenic Council organizations recruit new members through a process
known as Continuous Open Recruitment (COR). The process differs from Formal Recruitment which occurs in the Fall. COR events are held separately and are hosted by each individual chapter. Potential new members may attend any number of events, and enjoy the opportunity to get to know members of Greek Life. Alpha Xi Delta held their COR event January 12. The chapter has welcomed three new members and is looking forward to the rest of the semester. Chi Omega held
COR events on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. The Sisters of Sigma Sigma Sigma will hold recruitment events on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. All members of the Interfraternity Council will have recruitment during the week of January 25. If interested in finding out more information on spring recruitment, contact Katherine Hendricks, Assistant Director of Campus Life for Greek Life.
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From staff reports More police on campus Pool ceiling collapses
There has been talk around campus that part of the ceiling over the pool in Cannon Complex fell in the beginning of the semester. Head swimming coach Kirk Sanocki stated, “The ceiling didn’t actually fall. The new ceiling is designed to buckle should any of the attached supports in a section not hold.” The ceiling is constructed specifically to ensure structural support if a section buckles. All of the other sections do not feel the strain should that happen. Sanocki stated, “It is possible for individual tiles to fall if the buckle is not addressed. When a section did buckle the pool was closed and the company came out to fix the buckle.” For safety precautions, it was decided to close the pool area while each ceiling section was reinforced. This is a time consuming procedure, but the pool was never off limits to any management or staff that had keys for equipment retrieval. Sanocki said, “At no time did anyone communicate that anything actually fell. The University insisted that it be reinforced to prevent a possible tile falling.” He also added, “This reinforcement should prevent any buckles in the future.”
it is protocol to “get the police involved.” Police also can be called to campus if a member of the community “comes onto campus.” Reynolds also said, “To my knowledge, we haven’t requested to have a greater presence on campus.”
WU is a wet campus Talk about a possible new alcohol policy on campus has sparked a cry from students who believe a new policy could lead to more police on campus. Police presence on campus Saturday night and rumors of alleged arrests in North Campus have further fueled speculation that police will become a permanent weekend fixture on campus. While students have seen police called to campus after fights or unruly behavior is reported, this past weekend the impression was created that the police were laying in wait to catch intoxicated students. Stories of an undercover cop wandering the campus and of officers standing at the base of a staircase in the Jefferson Complex have spread across campus. Michael Reynolds, assistant director of residence life for community standards, dispelled such rumors. “There is no concerted plan to have more police patrol campus,” he said. “We had several incidents this weekend that we needed their help on.” Reynolds said that a fight broke out on campus this weekend and that when something like that happens;
While a new semester often brings about change, the alcohol policy is not one of the changes made from last semester to this one. Last semester, Wingate’s Student Government Association (SGA) researched other schools’ policies and gathered Wingate students’ opinions on the issue. Several open forums were held that allowed student opinions to be voiced. “SGA has made suggestions to the administration,” said SGA President Megan Wood. “We didn’t re-write the policy; we submitted a proposal.” She also added that so far, nothing has come of it. “We’re waiting for the administration to tell us the next step,” she said. Staff writers Jill Corbo and Sam Bare contributed to this story.
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As the spring semester starts at Wingate, SGA is gearing back up as well. The executive board began their regular Legislative Monday meetings Jan. 11. We feel confident this semester will allow us to complete the tasks we started and work to achieve the goals we set for the year. SGA has submitted a proposal to administration asking that a revision be made to the alcohol policy. Contrary to what some students say there has been no change in the alcohol policy at this time. The executive board spent last semester collecting student input on this issue as well as evaluating other schools that have a policy that allows alcohol on campus. Three open forums were held for students to voice their opinions. The SGA board also spent time at Wingate town meetings in hopes to learn more about the town and how students can become more involved. I have been informed of a comprehen-
sive plan that Wingate hopes to implement by 2020. They want and need student input and I encourage everyone to become involved with this. You can join their Facebook group Wingate 2020 or attend the Jan. 25 SGA meeting to learn more about it. We want and need student opinions. We encourage every student to take the time to attend a meeting or ask the organizations representatives what SGA is up to. We have some upcoming events every student is invited to take part in. Some upcoming events to look out for would be the Valentine’s Dinner will be held Feb. 11 and our Mr. and Mrs. Wingate Scholarship will be due Feb. 22. If you have any comments, concerns, or suggestions please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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