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Pg. 9 Athlete Spotlight: Debra Grijalva

Pg. 11 Faculty Focus: Dean Graham

Merkerson’s journey includes more than just football, inspires others Steven Grandy

Staff Writer

Imagine that you are about to play in the biggest game of your life with one of your parents about to undergo a life threatening operation the day after the game. Hard to stay completely focused on the game, isn’t it? However, Wingate senior football player Tylan Merkerson was able to do just that by doing something that sounds simple, but isn’t: trusting in God. Because of Merkerson’s trust, an opportunity that “I never dreamed of” may be knocking on his door. On Sept. 24, Merkerson and his Bulldog football teammates played Tusculum in one of the biggest games in school history. The game marked the first time that Wingate was presented to a national audience as the game was shown on CBS College

Sports. “It was a special was scheduled to undergo moment,” said an operation Merkerson. to combat “I dreamed liver cancer. of playing in Despite the a TV game significance of and it was my the operation, first and only Merkerson kept opportunity.” all knowledge As part of of it to himself. Wingate’s “I knew the coverage of importance of the game, the game and Merkerson was didn’t want to asked to do show weakness a blog of his or create a experiences, distraction,” which included said details of Merkerson. “I a battle had the high of much more playing in such important a big game Photo by Megan McVicker than the one but legit Senior Tylan Merkerson’s story of faith that took has caught people’s attention. As a result, fear for my his writing may be featured in a book. place on the father. I just football field. gave it up to The day God.” after the Bulldogs game against That decision turned out to Tusculum, Merkerson’s father be the best choice Merkerson

could make. “I had to trust in God in that situation,” Merkerson said. “Without Him, I would have been a wreck. He gave me the confidence on the field and belief in the doctors. I didn’t worry. I saw what happens when you give it up to God.” In the Bulldog game against the Pioneers, Merkerson played one of the best games of his career. Merkerson had four tackles and two interceptions. Both of Merkerson’s interceptions came in the end zone, preserving a 41-34 victory. “My dad was able to watch the game in the hospital. Seeing my game I think gave him the strength and confidence he needed for the operation.” Recently, Merkerson was contacted by Pat Williams, vice president of the Orlando Magic. By e-mail, Williams explained See ‘Merkerson’s journey inspires’ on pg. 8

NEWS BRIEF New Master’s of Accounting program Pg. 2 Who is going to win the NCAA Tournament? Pg. 3 Day for Wingate Pg. 5 Intramurals prepare for spring season Pg. 7 Charles A. Cannon’s legacy Pg. 12 Movie review Pg. 13 W’International camp out and free movie tickets Pg. 16



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S c h o o l o f B u s i n e s s “tick, tick...BOOM!” t o o f f e r M a s t e r s o f explodes onto campus Accounting program Avery Day

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Samantha Bare

News Editor Wingate University’s School of Business is offering a Masters of Accounting (MAC) program starting this fall. According to Joseph Graham, dean of the School of Business, the program can be completed as a full-time student in one year – “two semesters (fall and spring) plus one summer,” he said. The summer courses do not have to be completed on Wingate’s campus, and part-time students will be able to complete the program in two years. He said, “The course content is geared directly toward the content of the CPA exam. This is the premier professional credential in the accounting profession.” While most states require a CPA to have completed 150 credit hours, the MAC provides students with at least 155 hours, he explained. Also, many large firms only hire those students with a master’s degree. Normally, MACs are only offered at larger schools. However, students who came to Wingate for its small school, community feel can continue

to experience that atmosphere when completing their master’s. “Students who come to Wingate for their undergraduate degrees and meet certain grade requirements in the prerequisite courses will be guaranteed admission into the Master of Accounting program,” he said. Students who are not currently accounting majors can also apply for the program. They must complete 18 credit hours of prerequisites before being admitted to the program. Those classes include: Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Federal Income Tax and Auditing. The School of Business’s accrediting agency, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the same agency that accredits the School of Business, has given the school permission to begin the program. “As is normally the case with new programs, we will apply to them in two years for full accreditation. We sent a prospectus in early October of last year describing the program to the University’s regional ac-

crediting agency (the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools),” said Dean Graham. “We expect to hear from them in the near future.” Jobs in the accounting field can include public accounting, corporate accounting, government and non-profits, according to Dean Graham. “Many students who take a master’s in accounting and pursue the CPA exam look for initial employment with a public accounting firm, where they will be exposed to many different types of businesses while working in either auditing, tax, or consulting,” he said. “If they decide to move out of public accounting, they are in a good position since they have accumulated valuable experience and learned how a lot of different businesses or organizations operate.” Applications are now being accepted for the program and can be requested by e-mailing or by going to Dean Graham’s office, located in Bridges 112. For more information, contact Dean Graham at, Dr. Tom Crawford at, or Professor Bob Threatt at rthreatt@

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This past weekend, three students took the stage in the Batte Center and performed the hit musical written by Jonathan Larson, “tick, tick… BOOM!” Starring in the musical were Zackery Morris, Jessica Bachelder and Alex Yost. The play is set in 1990 where Jonathan (Morris), a struggling composer who is turning 30, has yet to accomplish his dream of performing on Broadway. His best friend Michael (Yost) just bought a high rise in New York City and is trying to sort out issues with his girlfriend Susan (Bachelder). The musical is meant to be funny and light-hearted, despite the characters’ troubles. Larson also wrote the famous musical “RENT” for which he won a Pulitzer Prize

and a Tony Award. “tick, tick…BOOM!” however, is the autobiographical story of how Larson’s career started. As you may have noticed, there are only three performers in the whole musical. Larson actually designed the play this way so that the actors would have to play multiple roles. Morris, as he said it, had “healthy anxiety” about only having two other people performing on stage with him. He said, “There is nothing like rehearsing for weeks, having no clue as to how you are doing other than what a director tells you, then finally having an audience to react to what you do.” He believed the show, which consisted of three performances between Mar. 11-13, had a great outcome.

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Who is going to win the NCAA Tournament?

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Paying for graduation: Who really celebrates? Doug Coats

Opinions Editor May 8, 2010 is a day that looms large for graduating seniors. It marks the ceremonial conclusion of hundreds of students’ college careers. Those students and their families are not the only group readily anticipating that day. Celebratory event merchandiser Herff Jones takes full advantage of high school and college graduates and their families, in addition to churches and sports organizations. The official term, “commencement” suggests starting a new chapter in one’s life. In fact, we do have to find something else to do for the rest of our lives, whether that is attend med school for several more years or join a marketing team for a Fortune 500 company. Leaving college also means starting to pay back the several thousand dollars worth of loans that accumulate over four years. Of course, having to pay for tuition and loans is financial burden enough for graduates, especially since entry levelpaying jobs are on the horizon. In addition to these huge payments, seniors were hit with a whopping $90 graduation fee on their account. Isn’t paying for tuition and room and board enough to cover the cost to hold an

annual on campus ceremony? According to Assistant registrar Latia Allen, the fee goes towards the labor and rental for setting up the stage and chairs in the Quad. The graduation fee is just the beginning for the class of 2010. At the graduation fare, a representative from Herff Jones provided information and prices regarding announcements and class rings. They also offer diploma frames. It is great to contact as many people as possible to remind them of graduation, but the prices for such services are monopoly-like. To send out 25 announcements with all the proper inserts and envelopes costs $67.85; and that does not include shipping fees. A package of 50 announcements and thank you notes and 60 return address labels will set you back $181. This is not the only area under the control of the Indiana-based company. Graduating families from Reed College in Portland, OR to Rollins College in Winter park, FL pay crazy fees for packets of paper and a monochromatic gown. What other article of clothing besides the graduation gown will you pay $26.88 for and only wear for a few hours. Crossing that stage will be one of the most gratifying feelings we will ever experience. This experience comes with a price, though. If only there was another competitor in this

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Impressing beyond the resume

Doug Coats

Opinions Editor Last Tuesday, students were given an opportunity to get a taste of “real world” dining. Rebecca Pitts, a Personal and Professional Protocol Officer and Wingate Alumnus, presented a full Laverne Banquet Hall crowd with a lesson in dinner etiquette. The dinner, which was provided by 60 families in the Parents Association, was designed to help students improve their etiquette in order to get an edge on the competition in the business world. Sharon Robinson, Director of Internships in the Office of Career Services, thought the event provided great benefit to those who attended. “It was fun to have a nice meal and get together,” Robinson said. “Knowing proper etiquette builds confidence and is a great learning experience.” Even before given a chance to take a sip of juice, the first lesson Pitts taught was how to sit down properly with a guest. Other lessons Pitts presented were how to eat soup, break bread and even pay for the meal. The several course meal with all the proper dining wear consisted of soup, bread, lemon chicken, mixed vegetables and strawberrycovered pound cake. Although some of these tips were old hat to some, Pitts had an answer or every aspect of a meal. “I learned a lot of tips about how to handle the entire bill-paying situation,” senior Kristina Lawless said. Pitts encouraged those who are

inviting a business guest to a meal should give the hostess the credit card prior to coming in for dinner. Pitts certainly has ample experiences in the world of etiquette. She recently retired working as the Protocol Officer for Bank of America and is certified and trained by the Protocol School of Washington, D.C. The tips and techniques offered can help someone land a job, gain a promotion or seal a sales pitch. “It never hurts to know how to behave in a business dinner situation,” Lawless s aid. Students who may have felt overwhelmed by the volume and detail of the properly-mannered dinner should not worry. “Sometimes those dinners may not be as fancy,” Robinson said. The packet given out included diagrams of setting with up to 11 pieces of silverware. Like any Lyceum, the dinner was free to students. According to Robinson, presentations like these usually cost $1000 and not many schools offer them. Lawless is not the only one who enjoyed the dinner. The Office of Career Services sent out surveys to the attendees. “We received rally good feedback from the surveys,” Robinson said. “We can now represent ourselves and the university well,” said Lawless. The next Career Service event is the Career Fair on March 24.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010


Day for Wingate incorporates Things you should school’s alumni, current students Kevin Goode

Staff Writer Five years ago, Wingate made changes to one of its long time traditions. What had been in the past, a breakfast for invited volunteers interested in garnering support from the community has flourished. It’s now a dinner set with keynote speaker alum, an address by the University’s President and student speakers. Day for Wingate has always been about those that already love and know Wingate, educating those that have an interest in learning what the university has to offer, said Judy Davis, coordinator of events and services. March 15, annual volunteers that have been asked to be table captains at a dinner held in Laverne banquet hall will invite several guests to come to campus and hear all about Wingate. The guest will not only hear about what Wingate has to offer, but more importantly, guests will be given the opportunity to give financial support for some to help some

of the universities programs. “It’s one of the few times during the year that we do use so many volunteers to actually tell the Wingate story and to help us kindly solicit gifts,” Davis said. The dinner itself each year features a keynote speaker which is usually alum. This year’s speaker is Reverend C.F. McDowell. “I graduated in 1985,” McDowell said. “The day I walked on the campus I developed a love for the school and I have enjoyed keeping a relationship with the university. It’s really great that I get to chair such a great event 25 years after my own graduation.” The theme for this year’s dinner is touching the future. All money raised will go into Wingate’s annual unrestricted funds. The money in the past has been used to support student internships, foreign travel and even study abroad programs. This year as was last year the money is going to support students. This year with the economy the way it’s been the university

made the decision that all annual fund money raised would be used to help students that might be having a little bit of a problem afford college cost, such as books or other fees,” Davis said. Day for Wingate will also feature student speakers. Each will give the audience just a bit of background about themselves as well as informing those in attendance a little about what Wingate has meant to them personally. Those in attendance will be locals and businesses. Each year, along with its list of individual supporters Wingate has also gotten support from the local business community as well. That list of supporters includes: Intrigrity Marketing, Flying Bridge Royall Co., Goulston Technologies, Contemporary Benefits, Fifth Third Bank, Union Power Cooperative, First Citizens Bank, McCollum Trucking, Hinson Electric, Love Plumbing First Baptist, Laurinburg, Elevator Technical, and Services Goodrich.

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2010-2011 W’International Trips: Denmark, Egypt, Caribbean, France, Norway, Switzerland

Camp Out begins March 22 at 7 a.m.

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Thursday, March 18 Mostly Cloudy High: 68 Low: 42

Friday, March 19 Sunny High: 70 Low: 43

Monday, March 22

Sunny High: 63 Low: 38

Saturday, March 20 Mostly Sunny High: 69 Low: 52

Tuesday, March 23 Partly Cloudy High: 63 Low: 47

Sunday, March 21

Showers High: 64 Low: 39 Wednesday, March 24 Mostly Cloudy High: 66 Low: 41

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UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday, March 18

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Events on campus prepare Wingate students for a professional future

Lyceum: Leadership Certificate @ 6 p.m. Lyceum: BB&T Lecture: Democracy is Development @ 7:30 p.m. Grill Out Hosted byDelta Sigma Pi @ 9 p.m.

Friday, March 19

Softball v Georgia College (DH) @ 2:30 p.m. Xi Hop @ 10 p.m.

Saturday, March 20

Scholarship Recognition Day SGA Game Day- Softball v Tusculum (DH) @ 1 p.m.

Monday, March 22

W’International Camp Out @ 7 a.m. SGA @ 7 p.m. Lyceum: Tai Chi @ 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 23

Career Fair Preparation Event @ 8 a.m. Tennis v Belmont Abbey @ 3 p.m. Baseball v West Virginia State @ 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24

Lyceum: Great Decisions 2010: The Persian Gulf @ 12 p.m. Career Fair @ 4 p.m. Baseball v West Virginia State @ 2 p.m. Softball v Lenoir-Rhyne (DH) @ 2 p.m. Lacrosse v Queens @ 4 p.m.

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The Office of Internships and Career Development Senior Etiquette Dinner was held March 9 for students looking to sharpen their dining skills to make a good first impression in front of future employers. The Office of Internships and Career Development will also host a Career Fair March 24 for students looking for jobs and internships.

Interested in being a voice for the student body? SGA nominations begin March 25 For more information contact Megan Wood at


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Intramurals offer Wingate students a chance to compete Chelsea Cancelliere

Staff Writer

Last week, Wingate’s intramural basketball season came to a close. Teams competed all week long leading up to the championship games played on Thursday night. On the men’s side, the faculty team, known as Triple Penetration, overcame Team Guaranteed in a very physical game. On the women’s side, Back That Pass Up won the championship title, defeating the V-Ballers. Both of the games had an outstanding turnout, making it a great conclusion to the intramural season. Quintin Robertson, who is in charge of Wingate’s Campus Recreation and also a member of the faculty basketball team, stated, “I was happy with the turn out. I had a lot of teams participate this season, and my team won the championship. It was a good season. I wish we could have played more games, but we have to move on to the next sport.” However, the season was not over for everyone. A men’s and women’s team were privileged enough to be taken to Middle Tennessee State University for the ACIS Regional Basketball Tournament, held in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Back That Pass Up represented the women, and Guaranteed represented the men’s side. Although the men’s team did not place, Back That Pass Up brought home the runner-up trophy. Campus Recreation works hard to provide opportunities for students to get involved with athletics. Therefore, even though the basketball season is

over, more sports are to come! Intramural soccer and volleyball are set to start up this week and next week. The seasons will be three weeks long with each being concluded with a championship game. Campus Recreation is looking to have 25 teams for each sport. Quintin Robertson emphasizes, “The more participation, the better the Campus Rec Department will be.” Students around campus are already getting excited about the upcoming intramural seasons. Junior Stefani Shuey stated, “I’m super excited for intramural volleyball to start. The women’s basketball team always gets a team together, and right now we are the women’s division defending champions. It is just a great way to build on our friendships and still have fun competing.” Athletes and non-athletes are welcome to compete in any intramural sport. Stop by the Campus Recreation office in the DPC, across from the mail room, and fill out a roster. Senior Jeremy Brown explains, “Intramurals is a way for those of us who may not want, or do not have the opportunity to participate in collegiate sports to feed our competitive nature. We can still compete at a high level against other high-level athletes without the pressure or time commitment of being on a collegiate team.” Now that basketball is over, bring on the soccer and volleyball!


Fans have a lot to be excited about in NBA playoff push Doug Coats Sports Columnist The slogan does not lie: “Amazing Does Happen” in the NBA. The playoffs push is now in full force with the end of the regular season less than four weeks away. This makes it easier for even the casual basketball fan to become interested. Of course, fans in this state have had some pretty legitimate reasons for shying away from the NBA since the relocation of the Charlotte Hornets to New Orleans. It was a proud franchise, which, at one time, held the longest home sellout streak in the league, became less popular as the popular players left the team. Trading away draftee Kobe Bryant certainly did not help matters either. After all, star players are what make the NBA so unique in how it is promoted. Ever since David Stern became commissioner in 1984, the league has capitalized on the popularity of superstar players, making them huge draws both in the stands and in the marketplace. Following a lull in popularity in the late 1970s, the NBA flourished with high profile teams and players in the 80s and most of the 90s. Players already in the league when Stern took over included Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas. Stern picked a good year to start his tenure, too. Michael Jordan, John Stockton, Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwan were all part of that years’ draft class. The lure of exciting star

players has remained true in the last 20 years. When Jordan first retired in 1993, ratings of the NBA finals dropped from 17.9 to 12 when the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks. When Jordan and the Bulls returned to the finals two years later, ratings jumped back to 16.7—the lowest of the Bulls final three championships. Even great dynasties are not immune to drops in ratings. The San Antonio Spurs have won four titles in the past 11 years, a feat only matched by the LA Lakers. Even though this college basketball crazed region values team-oriented play, most others do not. In fact, slow, fundamental basketball does not appeal to most NBA viewers. Each time Tim Duncan and the Spurs played in the finals the TV ratings are actually lower than the previous and following year. Stern was not the only league figure with good timing. Prior to the 2002-2003 season, NBC dropped NBA coverage and ABC took over. The 6.5 rating of the finals between the Spurs and New Jersey Nets produced the lowest finals rating ever. Nevertheless, the league as we know it today primarily riding on that same 2003 season. The reason? The draft that year is probably the second most productive ever, producing perennial all stars Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Watching great players like these face off against each other week after week is some of the best entertainment on TV. It is hard to turn the channel from either part of TNT’s Thursday night double-header, as it produces riveting match ups every time.

Some skeptics argue that there is no defense in the NBA. This is partially true, but when you have the best athletes in the world aggressively driving to the basket, it is hard for even elite defenders to stop them. Also, now that a playoff spot is the goal for the majority of teams, including the Bobcats, stopping the ball has become a greater factor in these already exciting games. This is certainly one of the reasons ESPN now has two Sunday games in addition to the ABC afternoon coverage. Additionally, those who exclusively follow area college basketball have name players entering the league every year. Duke, long perceived as not producing NBA talent, now has a strong group of successful players. Carlos Boozer averages 19 points and 11 rebounds a game. Even Chris Duhon and J.J. Redick put up respectable numbers for the Knicks and Magic, respectively. Despite his embarrassing show in the dunk contest, the Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace is a player who the team and league can promote. If you go to a home game, it is easy to figure out why he is the fan favorite. Like other teams and their star players, without him, the team would be far less entertaining— and successful.



Merkerson’s journey inspires Continued from pg. 1 that he was collecting stories for an upcoming book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Athletes of Faith and was interested in hearing from Merkerson. “(Williams) didn’t say how he heard, but I’m assuming he somehow heard about the blog.” said Merkerson. “While having the opportunity to have something published is really cool, it’s an even better opportunity to have my story be able to inspire someone else.” With his Wingate career concluded, Merkerson turns his focus toward a possible career in the National Football League. “I was invited to participate in Wake Forest’s pro day on March 26. The same agent that represents Ryan Clark and Tyler Thigpen contacted me. It’s amazing how many doors have been opened recently.” Off the field, Merkerson has been asked

to speak at various events, including the upcoming Day for Wingate. At press time, Merkerson did not know whether or not his submission was selected for publishing. However, Merkerson has heard from Williams again. “He sent me an email within the last two weeks saying that he found my story to be encouraging. Just him reading it was good.” Although there is a small financial reward for having a story published in the book, it is nowhere near the top of Merkerson’s priority list. “I want to share my faith with others,” said Merkerson. “I feel that good things happen to those who trust in the Lord. If I can inspire just one person to overcome adversity, live out a dream and trust in God, then I view this as a success.”

Tennis unable to overcome injuries, illness in loss against Anderson Tim Elliott

Staff Writer The Wingate University three-match win streak came to an end with the 7-2 loss to Anderson University. The Bulldogs overall record dropped to 6-4 while Anderson’s record improved to 7-5. The Anderson team was able to sweep all three doubles events on their way to victory. Wingate sophomore Samantha Alschlager was able to win her fourth singles victory in a row. She defeated junior Julie Halbert by a score of 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8. The match went into a super tie-breaker instead of entering a third set. Wingate sophomore Ewa Opala was also victorious in her singles match. She defeated senior Lisa Gorman 6-2, 6-1 in

only two sets. Opala’s singles record has now improved to 7-1 overall. Athletic trainer D’andra Mills explained that the team is currently struggling with injuries. “The girls are definitely not 100 percent healthy,” says Mills. “We only had six healthy members for the match. Two of the girls also came down with a stomach bug.” Coach Cabana was not available for comment after the match. His wife gave birth to their first child, a girl, earlier this week. The Bulldogs’ will travel to Tennesse this weekend for their next SAC matches. They will play Tusculum on Friday and Carson-Newman on Saturday. The next home match is March

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Greatest collegiate basketball coach still subject of intense debate Kristina Lawless Sports Columnist The other day I overheard two college basketball fans debating over the greatest college basketball coach of all time. This being North Carolina, the two coaches that the debate centered on were Roy Williams, as the coach of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Mike Krzyzewski as the coach of Duke University. Each fan was using the amount of National Championship titles the two coaches had won as the bases for their argument. Being a college basketball fan myself I naturally had to interject my opinion, these two fans had to be set straight about who is the greatest college basketball coach of all time, John Wooden. Wooden’s name is synonymous with success, in particular, during his years as head coach of UCLA. He is the only college basketball coach to win 10 NCAA National Championship titles. The next closest coach to Wooden is Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt. In addition, Wooden had four different teams go undefeated, with an entire class of players going undefeated during their college basketball careers. No other coach has more than one undefeated season. Seven of Wooden’s NCAA titles were won in consecutive years. In 1964, UCLA defeated Duke in the final game to give Wooden his first National Championship. Four years later UCLA defeated UNC

in the Championship game to become the only team to win consecutive National Championships twice. In his entire life, Wooden as a player or coach has only had one losing season, his first year coaching at Dayton High School. This fact might explain why he is in the National Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach. Lew Alcindor, who became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Walton played and won national titles with Coach Wooden. Wooden was such an impressive coach that he won five National Championships without either star player. Since 1977, the most prestigious post-season award has been the John R. Wooden Award. Sports Illustrated named Wooden the magazine’s Sportsman of the Year in 1972. A similar such award was given to Wooden by ESPN when they named him the Coach of the 20th Century. Former President George W. Bush bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, to John Wooden on July 23, 2003. John Wooden is also a man of great conviction. In 1946, Indiana State, coached by Wooden, won their conference and was invited to the NAIA tournament but he refused the invitation because the NAIA did not allow African Americans to play. The following year Indiana State won their conference again, and this time, accepted the invitation to play in the NAIA because the NAIA changed their policy and allowed African Americans to play. Clarence Walker became the first African American to play in the NAIA. Indiana State lost to Louisville in the Championship. It was the only Championship game that Wooden coached and he lost.

Wooden is also considered to be a great leader. When Bill Walton showed up for the first day of practice one season with a full beard, Coach Wooden informed him that he can either shave the beard or play basketball somewhere else. The next day Walton arrived at practice clean-shaven. As the author of several books on basketball and life, he is celebrated as a great motivator and throughout his life has never seen himself as greater than the things that his teams have accomplished. He has said, “The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” John Wooden can also be considered to be very successful in life. He was married for 53 years to Nell Wooden and remains faithful to her even after her death in 1985. On October 10th of this past year, Wooden turned 99. This is an excellent example of how Wooden is superior. The argument over who is the greatest college basketball coach will wage on with each person supporting their school’s coaches. But in my opinion, despite the fact that I am not a UCLA fan, John R. Wooden is the greatest college basketball coach and his accomplishments will never be equaled.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Athlete Spotlight

Lacrosse experiences thrilling victory,heartbreaking loss Jamie McKenna

Staff Writer The Wingate Men’s Lacrosse team had an emotional week by both winning and losing their closely fought games last Monday and Friday. After the win against Wheeling Jesuit (0-1) and the loss against Notre Dame de Namur (3-3), Wingate fall to 3-5 overall for the season. On March 8, the Wingate Bulldogs hosted Wheeling Jesuit, and after a hard fought battle came out on top in overtime 9-8, with the game winner coming from senior Angus Derbyshire. The game remained close throughout regulation time and then one period of overtime. However, with 1:05 remaining in the first overtime period Derbyshire picked up a ground ball and scored his first and only goal of the game from the close left wing. This is Derbyshire’s second game winner as he recorded his other against Florida Southern on March 3rd. Aside from the game winner by Derbyshire, other goals came from sophomore David Lee (2), freshman Colin O’ Donoghue (2), freshman Taylor Womble (2), freshman Tom Padden, and junior Adam Jones. On the bounce from such an enthralling victory, Wingate then hosted Notre dame de Namur (NDNU) on the Friday. However, despite being in the lead for large portions of the game the Bulldogs gave up six of the game’s final seven goals to lose the match 11-9. Wingate’s O’Donoghue led all scorers with four goals and one assist. With Wingate in command O’Donoghue tallied a man-up goal with 6:31 to play in the third quarter, giving the

Bulldogs an 8-5 advantage. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs would score only one more goal in the game as Notre Dame began their assault on the Wingate goal. NDNU junior midfield Greg Bearson led the visitors with three goals, and it was his unassisted goal that started the final push with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter to cut the Notre Dame deficit down to 8-6. The NDNU gamewinner came in the fourth quarter on the 6:17 mark and then the cushion goal came with 2:06 remaining, inevitably giving NDNU the 11-9 victory. After a week of mixed emotions Angus Derbyshire added, “We have done what we needed to do over the last several games, but now we need to take the next step and have the composure to finish games.” Clearly an indication that despite the team’s obvious talent, being able to close games is something that needs to be addressed by the Bulldogs. Furthermore, Travis Barrett commented on the whole week’s play by saying, “It was a week of ups and downs. The game against Wheeling Jesuit we played with real determination and passion, however against Notre Dame we didn’t play our best and costly turnovers effectively lost us the game.” The Bulldogs will enjoy an eight day break after a heavy period of games. They return to action on the road to Pfeiffer on Saturday at 1pm and will return to Irwin Belk Stadium on March 24.


Debra Grijalva

Year: Senior Sport: Softball Hometown: San Jose, Calif. Career Highlights: 2010 South Atlantic Conference Pre-Season All Conference First Team, 2009 SAC Batting Champion (.413 avg), 2009 All-SAC second team, 2009 Southeast Region first team, AllState at San Jose City College in 2008. Who I Would Have Dinner with: Allison Smith

Staff Writer Debra Grijalva swings to a different beat than most softball players; from her swagger in the box by bobbing her head to her “California Love” walkout song, or her cornrow braids, or her smooth, effortless plays shooting the ball across the diamond to first. Yes, Grijalva swings to a different beat but she is athletic, quick, motivating and stands out among her competition. Grijalva began playing baseball growing up in San Jose, California. She began playing due to the influence of her grandfather. Grijalva shared the field with boys all the way up until her sophomore year of high school when she began playing softball. She has always been athletic. Grijalva was named first team All Conference four years in a row in high school as well as sophomore of the year and she played guard on the basketball team all four years at Evergreen Valley High School. After graduating high school, Grijalva attended San Jose City

College, where she immediately made an impact. She had a batting average of .472 and slugging percentage of .822. Grijalva transferred to Wingate in the fall of 2008. She said she chose Wingate because of “the great environment and the chance for a new experience.” She also made an immediate impact at Wingate. Grijalva came from San Jose playing third but made the adjustment to catcher. In her first season at Wingate, she led the team and SAC in batting average .422 and hit eight home runs. She ranked second in on-base percentage and third in RBI and slugging percentage with .711. This year Griljalva is again in a different position. She plays shortstop now for the Bulldogs and it is easy to see she is the leader on the field with her positive talk and her ability to fire up her team. She is again up for a successful year at the plate with a batting average already of .400 and three home runs. While Grijalva is very proud of the 2009 team, as she has high expectations for this season. “I feel we have done great so far but there is more to come and work for”. However,

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she feels that this team has the chance to surpass the successes of last season, especially since the addition of Assistant Coaches Emily Price and Natalie Layden. “Our coaches have a great knowledge of the sport and I feel their recruiting was big for us both on and off the field.” However, she feels that it will not come easy since conference play is so tough. “Every team in our conference is tough, but Carson-Newman is a big rival for us. Last year Carson-Newman beat us in the conference tournament and went to Super Regionals. They are a big game because we want revenge.” Grijalva hopes to end her senior season with a bang, “I want our team to win both regular season and conference tournament, as well as go farther into regionals than we did last year, but we are taking and winning one game at a time.”



Softball earns sweep of regional rival UNC Pembroke on March 16 Triangle News Services The Wingate University softball team swept a key NCAA Division II Southeast Region doubleheader over host UNC Pembroke. The Bulldogs won the first game 1-0 and the second game 6-3. Wingate is the number 14 team in the NFCA/NCAA Division II top 25 poll. The Bulldogs are 21-3 overall, while the Braves are 19-12 overall. Wingate hosts Georgia College and State University Friday at 2:30 p.m. “We played a quality opponent in Pembroke today,” Wingate Head Coach Michelle Caddigan says. “These (wins) are two great region wins. Brittany (Blankenship) and Allison (Smith) combined for two good pitching performances that we really did need. This is a great way to go into the weekend.” Game #1 #14 Wingate 1, UNC Pembroke 0 For the second time this season, junior outfielder Emily Chavis provided all the offense with a solo home run while classmate Brittany Blankenship retired the final 16 UNC Pembroke batters for the win. Chavis hit a towering shot down the left field line with two outs in the fourth. It was her sixth of the season and 14th of her Bulldog career. Senior infielder Leyila Myers sophomore outfielder Jessica Bowen and junior second baseman Gina Ager each had a hit for the visiting Bulldogs. Blankenship twirled her fourth shutout of the season, improving to 11-2 overall for the 2010 campaign. The Braves had a runner in scoring position in each of the first two innings, but managed only one hit the rest of

the game. Blankenship struck out five batters. Game #2 #14 Wingate 6, UNC Pembroke 3 The Bulldogs went in order in the first, but turned things around in the second with three runs to take the early lead. With two on and two out, sophomore outfielder Joya Wortham delivered a RBI single up the middle to score Chavis. An errant throw back into the infield allowed Myers to score as the ball found the Brave dugout. On the next pitch, Ager ripped the Jamie Burwell offering back up the middle to score Wortham and give Wingate a 3-0 lead. After each team plated a run, the Braves pulled within two after four complete innings. UNC Pembroke posted consecutive singles to start the inning against Wingate junior pitcher Allison Smith. Burwell helped her own cause with a bloop single over third base to make the score 4-2. After Pembroke cut Wingate’s lead to one after six, Myers gave the ‘Dogs much- needed insurance. The former Wheeler High standout hit a two-run shot over the right field wall to give the Bulldogs a 6-3 lead. The Braves had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to tie the game. Smith earned the complete game victory, improving her season record to 10-1 overall. Smith allowed eight hits, three runs (two earned) and no walks.

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Has a #16 seed ever defeated a #1 seed in either the men’s or women’s NCAA basketball championships? Answer to last week’s question: UConn’s women’s basketball team has won 72 games in a row.

High Five

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1. The Wingate men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Canton, Ohio last week for the NCAA Division II National Championship meet. The Wingate men brought two national titles back to Union County on their way to a sixth place finish. Wingate senior Gus Chagas won his second national title in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:37.53. Chagas’ previous title came in 2007. Chagas and the rest of his 400 meter Freestyle buddies won the Bulldogs’ second national title of the meet on Saturday night with a time of 2:58.22. Other members of the team are Rory Julyan, Daniel DeFrancisco and Mason Norman. The Wingate women finished the meet in 23rd place. 2. It is not often that a 9-0 victory would earn a High Five, but this is an exception. The United States women’s under-17 soccer team defeated Haiti by this margain last week. Following the game, the Hatian goalkeeper fell to the ground in tears. Seeing this, the entire US team went over to her, helped her to her feet and exchanged a hug. With all that the Hatian team has gone through in the past three months, this gesture of support means more than any donation could. 3. Congratulations to sophomore Flavio Rothsam for winning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week in men’s tennis for this past week. Rothsam won two matches on Monday, winning the #5 singles match and the #1 doubles match with partner and fellow Brazilian Bruno Prudence against No. 24 Anderson. The men’s and women’s tennis teams will travel to Tennessee for a pair of matches this weekend. 4. After a long season, the NCAA tournament is finally here, causing casual basketball fans like myself to tune in. Not since the Olympics has there been something on television that is worth watching every night. Good luck to all teams. 5. Although it was tough to make up for the lost hour of sleep on Sunday, it’s hard not to like Daylight Savings Time. I’d gladly give up an hour of sleep for an extra hour to spend outside enjoying the recent warm weather. 1. Baseball has been rocked in the past few years with a steroid scandal. To my knowledge, all previous players have tested positive for HGH or another “regular” steroid. Then we have

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Steve Lebron. Lebron, a minor leaguer for the Cleveland Indians, tested postive last week for Boldenone metabolite. Boldenone metabolite is a horse steroid that is also used by bodybuilders. Although Lebron has been suspended for 50 games and has had his contract voided, I would love to know why he decided to use a ‘roid that is better suited for Smarty Jones than a baseball player. 2. After a long hiatus, Tiger Woods announced Tuesday that he would be returning to golf at The Masters in mid-April. What I do not understand is why this is such a surprise. Woods has long been one of the players to beat in Augusta and out of all the possible tournaments he could play in, this has to be one of the most friendly. Unfortunatly with the media’s facination with Woods, I think The Masters will end up being more of a circus and less of a golf tournament. 3. Following the release of the NCAA bracket on Sunday evening, the debate as to which team has the easiest route to the NCAA Final Four began. I have to believe that CBS wants to see coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Duke Blue Devils play on semifinal Saturday based on the teams that they could face in the early stages of the bracket. The Blue Devils will face ArkansasPine Bluff and will not play a team that poses a serious threat until the Elite Eight, where they may face Villanova. If Duke does not make it to the Final Four, it is because they beat themselves and not because someone else beat them. 4. Speaking of teams getting an easy ride, it amazes me that Carolina not only got into the NIT, but also got a home game. I realize that the Carolina name attracts viewers, but the NIT selection commitee needs to pick the most qualified teams, not the teams that have the best brand name but have a .500 record. 5. Alexander Ovechkin may be one of the top players in the National Hockey League, but his actions in Sunday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks were more like what one would find in a weeknight beer league. Ovechkin checked Blackhawk defenseman Bryan Campbell dangerously into the boards when Campbell had no idea he was coming. Ovechkin needs to be suspended for more than two games, but due to his superstar status, its a surprise that he was even suspended at all.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Faculty Focus: Dean Joseph Graham

Dean Graham is optimistic about School of Business’ future Jill Corbo Editor-in- Chief

being the dean of the school of business, Dean Graham likes, “working with the faculty and students in the Business School to try to continue to enhance our programs so that our students can leave here prepared for what’s next in their lives.”      Dean Graham has a great vision for Wingate’s School of Business in the near future. The new master of accounting degree that is beginning in the

ter the pharmacy program will relocate to the under construction Levine College of Health Sciences. “This will give us Not too far from his homesome more space to add some town of Lincolnton, NC, Joseph enhancements like a technology Graham dreamed of becoming lab. I am optimistic about our a professional baseball player future,” adds Dean Graham. when he was growing up. Plans Dean Graham, along with changed, however. Graham his wife, was one of the facfirst came to teach at Wingate ulty members who went on a University in 1982 and he is W’International trip to Rome currently a professor of acin December of 2008. One of counting and the dean of the his favorite parts about school of business. the trip was the opporDean Graham attunity to see a country tended Belmont Abwith a long, interesting bey College where he history. Dean Graham earned his undergradufound Rome to be quite ate degree. After Belan experience, but also mont Abbey College, enjoyed the group’s he attended Winthrop days spent visiting OrviUniversity where he eto, Assisi, and Arrezo, earned his master’s of towns north of Rome. business administration “My wife and I enjoyed (MBA). Dean Graham very much the time has also been a certified spent with the students public accountant since and Dr. Blizzard and his 1972. wife Lucy. The students Being the dean of were absolutely delightthe school of busiful to be around,” he ness comes with many said. responsibilities. The In his free time, Dean position entails workGraham likes to spend ing with the faculty and Photo courtesy of Joseph Graham time with his figuring out how family; his wife, to make their Favorite Movies: their four sons jobs easier to Easy Rider, Pulp Fiction, and No Country for Old Men. and their four perform. “I go to grandchildren. many more meetIdeal Vacation Destination: He also enjoys ings than I would As far as a place that I can get to on a regular basis, I photography and prefer, but they would say the North Carolina mountains in the summer. plans on spending are necessary as But, after visiting Italy recently, I will say that is one more time on it in we are try to plan place I want to see again. retirement. Golf new programs, too, but Dean Graenhance existing ham claims that ones, and just fall will be taught on Wingate’s he “doesn’t play very often, or generally make Wingate and main campus. There is also very well.”   the School of Business a bethope to add another graduter place,” said Dean Graham. ate program in the next few He also spends time working years. “We are also looking with the director of the MBA at some other things, such as program at the Metro Campus. an entrepreneurship program “I also think it’s important that which would initially begin as a I continue to teach so that I minor,” said Dean Graham. In never forget what it’s like in a few years, the school of busithe classroom,” added Dean ness will be relocating to the Graham. Among all of the recurrent school of pharmacy afsponsibilities that come with


The Poet’s Corner The Marriage by Jennifer La Vine

I only run faster Knowing that I can’t escape you. Your hold on my heart Strengthens with each step. These bruises are all too familiar And the pain is nothing new, But I’m so scared to breathe Afraid of what you’ll do. I seem to be running in circles Always returning back to you. Why can’t I escape this hell? Then I look down at the ring And remember the promises made And I hope that one day you’ll change…

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Following the legacy left by Charles A. Cannon Rhonda Naylor Staff Writer

How do you measure the life of a man? Is it by what he does in his lifetime or by what he leaves behind? Charles Albert Cannon was an astute businessman in his lifetime, but his humanitarian efforts are still touching the lives of many. Today, his legacy lives on! Charles A. Cannon is remembered as a genius in the business world, earning many accolades in his career, including honorary doctorates from Presbyterian College, NC State, and Duke University. For some men that would have been enough, but there was even more the world would remember about this man. His humanitarian efforts brought him great joy. He never stopped giving back to the community he loved, keeping his eyes open to the needs for medical, educational, and community programs. In 1955, former Wingate College presidents C.C. Burris and Budd E. Smith encouraged Charles A. Cannon to contribute to the college. Over the years this amounted to millions of dollars for Wingate. His presence and name can be found all over campus. Since 1950, nearly every new building and renovated building stands in testimony to his generosity. The Cannon legacy lives on at Wingate today. Cannon’s wish for Wingate was to provide a place for middle class citizens and the children of his employees to receive higher educations. Recently, his wish for its success came full circle; when for the first time, his great-great-grandchildren became students here!

Mary Katherine and Charles West were brought up to appreciate their family name, but to earn a reputation for themselves. Mary Katherine states, “You should work for what you have but keep your heart open to others.” The Cannon Family today remains strong in their convictions and humanitarian efforts. For instance, every Christmas, the adults in the Cannon family donate to a certain cause in lieu of purchasing presents for each other. “When Katrina hit, we donated to a school in Louisiana.” Mary Katherine explains. “This past year, we donated to military wives who had lost their husbands and wanted to provide Christmas for their children.”

as she loves children. When asked what she thought her great-greatgrandfather would say about her being a student here, she replied, “I think he would be proud of both of us.” Charles A. Cannon was born November 29, 1892 in Concord, N.C., the youngest of ten children. He attended Concord

and treasurer of Cannon Manufacturing Company in Kannapolis and by 1916, elected as vice president. He succeeded to the presidency in 1921 at just 30 years old.

policies and procedures, please visit http://library.wingate. edu/policy/appendixb.h. Accomplishments of

Cannon consolidated the company’s multiple manufacturing plants into a single corporation entity – The Cannon Mills Company. The company made history by launching the first large scale consumer advertising sales campaign and introduced color and other promotional innovations into the textile industry. Cannon Mills became a huge success.

1917 –Convinced his father to employ a nurse for employee’s medical needs

Photo courtesy of Mary Katherine West Charles A. Cannon’s great-great grandchildren, sophomore, Mary Katherine West, and her brother Charles.

The family remains close, getting together at least once or twice a month for Sunday dinners. This usually includes 20 to 30 relatives. They also have family reunions every four years. They were taught to uphold good values and their family history. Mary Katherine chose Wingate because it was close to her home of Concord. She also liked the campus and found the professors here to be “very helpful.” Both Mary Katherine and Charles hope to run their own businesses one day. She especially would like a daycare,

city schools, Fishburne Military Academy and Davidson College. He left Davidson to begin working in the textile industry with his father in 1911. In 1912, he married Ruth Louise Coltrane. The couple later had four children, Charles A. Cannon Jr., Miriam Cannon Hayes, William Coltrane Cannon, and Mary Ruth Cannon Spencer. At just 19 years old, Charles A. Cannon became the manager of Barringer Manufacturing Company in Rockwell, NC. In 1913, he was made secretary

Charles A. Cannon retired as president of the Cannon Mills Company in 1962, but continued on as chairman. He spent part of each work day in his office up to, and including the day before he died, April 2, 1971.

Among his favorite places was Blowing Rock, NC. Love for the mountains ran in the family. His daughter, Miriam donated her mountain home to Appalachian University. His personal papers, The Cannon Archives, are in the restored and renovated Efird Building at Wingate University. They are maintained by Debra H. Hargett. MLIS (Reference/Periodicals and Special Collections Librarian) and Richard S. Pipes. MLIS (Collection/Development Librarian) as an extension of the Ethel K. Smith Library. For information regarding Archives

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Special thanks to Debra Hargett.

Underwrote a research program at UNC to develop a vaccine for Tuberculosis. 1935 – Founded Cabarrus Memorial Hospital in Concord. (This was dear to his heart) 1943- Established ‘The Cannon Foundation’, to provide grants to non-profit organizations involving health, education, or community service. 1955 - Provided 1000 doses of Salk vaccine to Cabarrus county citizens, making it the most protected place in the United States and serving as a prototype for mass inoculation systems everywhere. The next year he gave 65, 000 doses of Asian flu vaccine and 40,000 of tetanus toxoid. 1961 - Opened the Charles A. Cannon Jr. Memorial Hospital named for his son lost in WW2. This hospital serves residents of a tristate rugged area.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Green Zone falls short Chris Siers Staff Writer

The film Green Zone, which stars Matt Damon, showcases the war in Iraq and attempts to portray why the war was actually started. The story follows Damon, who plays Chief Miller, the leader of a squad searching for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq. After faulty intelligence leads to several searches that come up empty, Miller begins to question the origins of the intelligence, and just how and why this was allowed to be passed onto his squad. The film showcases a great deal of war, although it seemed at times built up for Hollywood stunts. While everyone knows that the war in Iraq was caused due to faulty intelligence, this film attempts to act on that and tries to tie a governmental cover-up to the Bush Administration, which is founded on no factual evidence. The acting provided by the cast, Damon included, is solid, as well as the action and cinematography. The film reunites Damon and Director, Paul Greengrass, who worked

together on both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. While fans of those movies entertain a realistic, yet fictional setting, this film shows a very real and hot-button issue in society today, and does not portray our soldiers as they should be. As solid as the action is, audiences do not help but feel manipulated by the political motives by the creation and scriptwriting of this movie, as Greengrass had a clear agenda in the script writing process. Overall, the film feels like a missed opportunity of a good war movie, and tries to be too much of a political message. Movies about Middle Eastern conflicts, like Black Hawk Down, show true heroism showcased by U.S. Troops in action, rather than being part of a cover-up of a politically motivated message. The film’s reception at the box office is a clear indicator that the message in the film is old and worn out. All in all, if audiences are seeking a fun movie experience, avoid Green Zone, and go watch something with a bit more substance rather than political propaganda. Score: 4/10

Class of 2010 Commencement Countdown: 50 days Senior Pictures - April 14 - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. -DPC April 22 – Baccalaureate – 9 a.m. – McGee Theatre

May 7 - Graduation Practice May 8 – Commencement


Student Spotlight Tracy Wilkinson

Wilkinson’s internship provides job after Wingate What is your favorite class? Any in the communication department.

What is your favorite sport? Volleyball

What is your favorite book? The Last Song -Nicholas Sparks

Who is your role model? My mom

What game show would you most like to be on? The Singing Bee Photo courtesy of Tracy Wilkinson

Morgan Bourne Staff Writer

Not only is senior Tracy Wilkinson well on her way to becoming a radio or television personality, she is very involved with various activities on campus. Tracy is a communication major and is enthusiastic about her classes. In fact, she says that any course in the communications department she would call her most enjoyable class. “The professors at Wingate are amazing and I owe them a huge thank you for helping me throughout the years. They are one of the reasons I fell in love with this place and will miss it so much,” says Wilkinson. In addition to the courses here on campus preparing her for the working world, Wilkinson has some on-the-job experience, too. Last summer she interned at radio station 96.9 the Kat in Charlotte. The

internship turned into a parttime job, which she will take on right after graduation and hopes will lead to a full time job by mid summer. “I love my job. I get the chance to work with many talented people and learn an area of radio that I didn’t even know existed. Promotions is a huge part of all events and I am enjoying the opportunity to learn about it,” said Wilkinson Outside of her major, Wilkinson has gotten involved with several organizations on campus. She was a founder of Lambda Pi Eta, a national communication association. “Lambda Pi Etais a way for communicatiom majors to come together and share different concerns and thoughts. It’s nice to talk among students who have the same interest as you,” commeneted Wilkinson of her involvement in the Communications fraternity. Wilkinson played sports as well, representing the Wingate Bulldogs on the volleyball court from 2007 to 2009. She even

served a year as vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Juggling that many extracurricular activities has not hindered Tracy’s gradepoint average at all. She has made the Dean’s List, President’s List and served as a tutor in the Academic Resource Center. Wilkinson has also been involved with several volunteer organizations such as the YMCA and the Women’s Battered Shelter. Helping the community is very important to life here at Wingate and Tracy has certainly embodied this value. Tracy Wilkinson is an overall well-rounded and educated student. She has the knowledge and experience to enter the working world and will get to do so this May when she joins her peers in flipping that tassel.



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God allows us to see the beauty in all things doesn’t matter because we are unconditionally loved by a God Columnist who designed us in His own image. I attended the Arbor David wrote in Psalm 8, Fellowship this past Sunday “What is man that you are where we were able to talk mindful of him, the son of about blessings, specifically man that you care for him?” focusing this week on letting Even David, one of the greatest people know we see “good” kings and followers of God felt in them. A lot of the time it is minuscule during his difficult to se good time on earth. David We are in someone and it in his Psalm is even harder to crowned with continues to say “You made him verbally express glory and a little lower than the those thoughts beings and to the person. honor because heavenly crowned him with Sometimes it might God designed glory and honor.” Our even be difficult to narrow down one us in his image. lives may seem trivial in the grand scheme positive thing about of things, but God has someone. I think it great and wonderful plans for is so cool to know that we are us. created to be good because we We are crowned with are created in God’s image. glory and honor because God From the first book of the designed us in his image. His Bible we learn that man was grace flows in our veins. His formed in the very likeness mercy pours from our lips and of God (Gen 1: 26). What is his love makes our hearts beat. even cooler to think about is We are created to be good to that when we are feeling at others the way God is good to our lowest or at our worst, us. Once we begin to see the God only loves us all the more. good in others, we will begin All our faults and failures to see the good that is within are only stumbling blocks in ourselves; a good that is Godthe eyes of God, even though like. we might explode over the most insignificant things. It

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Marshville town meeting celebrates For some students, New Zealand citizen, discusses numerous topics trip awaits end of literature class Melissa Mitchell Staff Writer The Marshville Town Council meeting on Mar. 8 was full of announcements about new and exciting things for the town of Marshville. The meeting began with a celebration of a Marshville citizen who is the oldest person in Union County. Elsie Chambers was born on April 28, 1905. She will be turning 105 years old next month. Chambers was awarded with a plaque and a key to the town. She expressed her gratitude by saying, “You gave me the key, but you wouldn’t let me open the door!” John Edmonson, editor of Marshville’s local weekly newspaper, The Home News, asked the Town Council for permission to use Town Hall for a scheduled event. Phillip Gregory will be coming to speak on Tues. at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Marshville Chamber of Commerce. The issue of how all of Union County should be governed was brought up by John Pigg. Pigg is on a county committee that has been meeting to discuss representation in Union County. He proposed that there be five electoral district representatives and two atlarge electoral representatives because of the how county population is dispersed. It was voted that there are to be five at-large representatives and two electoral district representatives. An issue with the water lines provided to the new First Baptist Church of Marshville was brought up as well. The

church wanted their options for hooking their water lines to the Marshville lines in writing. This would allow for the church to use Marshville water as well as Union County water in emergency situations. The Town Council approved this letter. Marshville has a new town administrator. Radford Thomas, who is described as a good and enthusiastic person. The Town Council is very excited to have Thomas in this position. He will begin his term on Tuesday.

“You gave me the key, but you wouldn’t let me open the door!” -Elsie Chambers

The Marshville police are working hard to fix the multiple street lights that are burnt out. Marshville also received a grant to build a sidewalk on Emmett Street. As soon as the plans get approved, construction on the walkway will begin. The principal of New Salem Elementary requested that the Town Council put a link to the school Web site on the Marshville Web site. The elementary school is expecting visitors from out of the country soon. The principal wants parents to have easier access to the Web site. The Marshville Town Council meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

will visit Kaikoura and go on a whale watching expedition. Staff Writer Also on the South Island, they will see Mt. Cook and Students will get the chance boat beside a glacier, as well to bring pictures to life when as Queenstown, entry to the they travel to New Zealand this magnificent Milford Sound and coming May. All semester they the rest of Fiord land. have participated in a New ZeaThomas first became land literature interested in course with Dr. New Zealand Pam Thomas. after seeing the In New Zeabeautiful landland they will acscapes in “Lord tually be able to of the Rings” talk to the Maori and watching people, natives a documentary of the island. highlighting the Thomas said, locations they “This is a chance will actually for students to visit. travel as far from Thomas said, most of their “I hope the homes as it is students will possible to go Dr. Pam Thomas’ New Zealand literature class will take a trip in May to the be able to take and broaden their places they’re reading about. home a respect knowledge of the for New Zealand larger world.” and an appreciation of both indents to many different loca13 students, as well as digenous and European poputions including the major cities Thomas and her daughter, lations in the islands, as well as of Auckland, Wellington and will embark on this journey to a love of seeing new places and Christchurch. On the North the world where “Lord of the meeting new people.” Island, they will also visit RoRings” was filmed. The cost for The group will depart on turua, a geothermal landscape students was approximately May 11 and return May 27, givand home of the oldest known $3450+ but included their ing them 15 days and 14 nights Maori village. airfare. to enjoy the country. In the South Island, they “I took my first international

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trip in January and now I can’t wait to travel more,” said student Megan Wood. “New Zealand looks beautiful and I have become so fascinated about their lifestyle and history. I’m beyond excited to travel to such an amazing country!” The trip will take the stu-

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W’International camp out to begin Monday Sabra Hart Staff Writer Rising juniors will soon be able to enjoy the experience of a lifetime; an experience that Wingate has been reveling in for years. Come Monday, students will be able to begin in the sign-up process for W’International. Like each year in the past, students will have to make the difficult decision between six destination possibilities. In the fall, Dr. Kara Presnell, assistant professor of communications –public relations, will be leading a class on Introduction to Travel Writing and going to Denmark. Dr. Dennis Harlow, assistant professor of management, will be teaching From Pyramids to Modern

Nation- A Perspective Course on Egypt. These trips will tentatively leave on Dec. 28, 2010 return on Jan. 6, 2011. There will be four classes available in the spring. Dr. John Patton, dean of the School of Communication, will be leading Communication and Culture in the Caribbean and will be visiting the islands of Barbados and Trinidad. Dr. Wayne Tarrant, assistant professor of mathematics, will be exploring Mathematics and Art in France. For the more adventurous students, Dr. Abigail Dondanville, assistant professor of sport sciences, will be teaching the art of Frilusliv, which means “Open Air Life” through A Nature-Sport Lifestyle and Identity class and is traveling to Norway. As always, Wingate will host one free trip. Students

should generally expect to pay for food, their passport and souvenirs. Dr. Heather McDivitt, assistant professor of religion, is teaching a class called Protestant Reformation

Fall 2010 Denmark & Egypt

Spring 2011 Caribbean France Norway Switzerland and the Spirit of Neutrality: Switzerland. The spring trips will tentatively run May 16-25, 2011. All of the trips except Switzerland cost $850. An international health insurance fee of $23 will be added to


March 25 Midnight Showings: Hot Tub Time Machine How to Train Your Dragon Come to Burris 116 on Tuesday, March 23 between 7 P.M. and 8 P.M. for tickets. Also at the midnight showings on March 25: - A raffle for midnight ticket holders. Patrons can enter to win a cinema prize package. - 80’s themed trivia questions and prize giveaway. - 80’s themed Dance Dance Revolution competiton. - Pin the Tail on the Dragon contest. - Dart-Board Dragon Slayer game Passes are for Wingate students and issued on a first come, first serve basis. For movie times to go

student accounts as well. The camp out begins on Monday at 7 a.m. Rising juniors will receive the secret location to camp out by e-mail. Students will line up to have their name on the waiting list, and then camp out for the day and night. Students will be excused from the line for classes and meetings, but only for up to three hours at a time. Random roll calls will take place during the day and any student who has not properly signed out and is missing will lose his or her place in line. Students who know exactly which trip they want should try to get out of work for the duration of the camp out; a position in line is not allowed to be saved. While camping out is completely optional and not necessary to sign up for the trips, students who camp out

generally are more likely to get the trip they want. Students who do not camp out will have an opportunity to sign up the following day. Each W’International course counts as two credit hours; rising juniors should keep their course load in mind during the semester of their W’International trip. For more information visit international. Students can also contact the individual professors about their course or Jennifer Armentrout, director of international studies.

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The Weekly Triangle Vol. 79 Issue 20  
The Weekly Triangle Vol. 79 Issue 20  

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