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November 21, 2019

Immersive Learning Takes Hold at WPU

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Impacts of Campus Violence By Aminah Muhammad Staff Writer

Honors students participate in a team-building exercise in the Collaboratory, a new flexible learning space that opened this semester. Photo by Peace Times staff.

By Katlyn West Staff Writer Students were greeted at the beginning of fall semester with the sounds of drills and constant buzz around on the top floor of the library. The renovations had been going on since the summer and were completed shortly after students returned to campus. The top floor of the library has been completely remodeled and turned into Peace’s new Immersive Learning Center. The center is open to every student, faculty, and staff members to use as a resource for work in and out of the classroom. Along with the new space, this year brought a new face

on campus, Christopher Born, the Director of Immersive Learning. Born described the new improvements to the second floor of Finch as, “ an immersive and flexible classroom space,” with “collaborative study rooms, peer, tutoring, Chromebooks, and...the Technology Lending Library.” These goals are set in place to ensure the education and development of the student, while also giving professors the ability to further immerse their students either in or out of the classroom. Teachers can use the resources at the Immersive Learning Center to set up events on or off-campus which gives students that added experience and immersion.

“It’s not just about learning in the classroom,” said Born. “We want to break down those walls and get students out into the world.” With the Technology Lending Library students can check out GoPros, IPads, gaming laptops, VR headsets, and more. Born is also working closely with faculty and staff to help find the technological needs and build the lending library to help fit the needs of students.

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Coach Dobbins Inducted into Hall of Fame By Alexandra Garrison & Caylan Harrison Staff Writers

Nearly 21 years ago is when Coach honor as prestigious as a Hall of Fame induction it Charlie Dobbins helped to build the William Peace benefits the athletic department and the college,” University softball team from the ground up, . Still said Curle. “We are very proud of Coach Dobbins standing to this day Peace softball is continuing to and this honor...We all benefit from his loyalty to grow with Dobbins still leading. the softball program and its student-athletes, the In recognition of not only the great work athletic department and William Peace University.” that he has done with As a Hall of Famer, the softball program he is proud to have been on campus, but also for awarded and recognized being an outstanding and is looking forward to contributor to softball continuing to contribute to programs throughout softball programs across the the state, Head Coach state, but more importantly Dobbins was honored and at Peace. As an honoree, inducted into the North Coach Dobbins was Carolina USA Softball awarded his own plaque Hall of Fame on Friday, to keep in his on campus Nov. 1, in Burlington, NC. office, as well as one to hang Most states in the Hall of Fame. have a state hall of fame His contribution of some sort, making it started nearly 25 years a tradition for coaches ago when he moved to in each state. Typically, North Carolina from those inducted include Connecticut, he then got professional coaches, involved with coaching Charlie Dobbines, Photo courtesy of WPU Athletics and very few college recreational and travel coaches, therefore this is a great honor for Coach ball, where he won three state championships at Dobbins, who has been at Peace since 1998. the 14/16U level and three national championships “5 AD’s and 4 presidents later and I’m at the 18u level, and then served as Head Coach at still standing,” said Dobbins. Saint David’s High School for two years. Athletic director, Thomas Curle, said Before he coached, he played himself Dobbin’s dedication has benefitted Peace. and got to travel for 17 years around the world “Any time a coach is recognized for an playing the game that he loves.This all led to him

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finding his way to head coaching for Peace now, coming up on 21 years, and serving on the NCAA NAtional Committee for six years. All of this was taken into consideration when he was nominated and later inducted for the award. “Those are all a part of things that I kind of brought along,” said Dobbins. Dobbins has brought a lot to the table, helping to develop not only the softball program on campus, but also the overall athletic department. He has had over 400 wins as head coach, helped host the Softball National Championships twice (Peace being the only university in the state to do this), and continued to bring in new and developing studentathletes and ideas to the athletic department. “We’re not a young athletic department anymore, we’ve got history, we’ve got those kind of things going for us which is important when you’re recruiting,” he said. “We started a little program and now we are competitive in this region.” One could even say that the development of athletics over the years, with Coach Dobbins’ help, has led to not only more recruitment for the softball program, but also overall recruitment and increased admissions, as Dobbins recognizes that a growing percentage of WPU students are athletes. “Athletics is a huge part of the university’s plan for growth and how things in the future will go forward,” said Dobbins. Curle says the Hall of Fame induction will also help in that effort. “Coach Dobbins’ HOF recognition should certainly assist in the recruitment of softball players,” said Curle. “Other sports may not benefit directly, but I believe that this recognition can show some of our

Everyone likes to feel safe on a campus where they learn, make friends, have fun, and make life long memories to take with them once they graduate. Sadly, some of these memories include fearing for your life, and holding on to classmates and waiting for the worst to be over. Mass shootings all over college campuses impact students to the point where some drop out, transfer, or develop some type of mental health disorder. Locally, the latest mass shooting occurred on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s campus, and a lockdown at William Peace University made a lifelong impact on students. No one likes to feel unsafe in a space where they’re supposed to feel secure and welcomed in an environment. It’s one thing to be empathetic to those who have gone through it so many states away, but the narrative changes once tragedies like this hit home. Last April at UNC Charlotte, a past student Trystan Terrell, opened fire into a classroom injuring four students and killing two. The campus was immediately put on lockdown and students were asked not to exit their dorm rooms and stay away from windows. The aftermath of the shooting left many students in shock and stunned from the fact that it hit so close to home. Amaya Williams a current sophomore at UNC Charlotte and a computer science major, was just wrapping up the end of the semester when the incident occurred. “For a short period of time, it was hard for me to go past certain areas of campus and to talk about certain things. It affected my mental health for a short period of time,” said Williams. It’s hard to come out of a traumatic experience without your mental health being affected by what’s happened to you.

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State of the University Address Today By Shannon Turner Staff Writer

Community Partners, outside guests and students will all be a part of the 2019 State of the University Address today at 5 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Dr. Brian Ralph, WPU president, will lead the event, while faculty and students will also speak. Campus partners, corporate leaders, civic leaders, community members and other outside guests will be in attendance, alongside staff and students. There will also be a preview performance from Meet Me in St. Louis by the university’s theatre department. Ralph began this annual event in the fall of 2015. He hosts them because it allows for everyone to know about ongoing projects, new learning additions, and celebrate the progress and growth of key aspects of the student experience.

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2 (Continued from page 1) According to, survivors who make it through a mass shooting without any physical injuries can take a few months to assess the impact on their mental health and the effects of it. Those effects can range from anxiety, depression, flashbacks, insomnia and even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In being a survivor from a mass shooting, most students don’t know how to cope and can’t believe something like this would affect them so much. Kala Cunningham, also a survivor of the UNC Charlotte mass shooting, gave her take on how this affected her mental health days after the shooting took place.

Peace News “After the day it happened, people walking behind me made me uncomfortable and I became more hypervigilant. Because I was so shook up, I didn’t end up taking any of my finals that week.” said Cunningham. WPU Freshman Brian Martinez was attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when a gunman opened fire on Feb. 14, 2018, killing 17 people. He was in a theatre production class rehearsing a song, and mistook the alarm for a fire drill at first. Then they heard shots. He and his classmates hid in a closet for around two hours, he says. “I was facing probably a thousand feet away from the building where everything

The cast of Meet Me in St. Louis poses with a Raleigh Trolley, Courtesy of WPU Theatre Department

Come To The Fair With WPU’s Meet Me in St. Louis! By Michelle Porizkova Staff writer

Charming showtunes, Summer nostalgia and family matters give Raleigh a backward glance into the turn of the twentieth century. William Peace University will be presenting Meet Me in St. Louis from Nov. 2124. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances start at 7:30 p.m., with matinee shows Saturday and Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are free for theatre students, $5 for WPU students, $10 for seniors and alumni, and $15 for the general public. The show runs approximately two hours, and is being performed in Kenan Hall. Meet Me in St. Louis is based on the 1944 movie sharing the same name, starring Judy Garland and directed by Vincente Minnelli. The stage musical has music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, and was inspired by the book by Hugh Wheeler. The musical centers on the affluent and comfortable Smith family and their anticipation for the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. Set decades before either World War, the peace and sincerity of this family’s coming-of-age story brings nostalgia to all generations. The show focuses on the three Smith sisters, and how their family matters interfere with their newly established love lives. Featuring timeless classics such as the “Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and

“The Boy Next Door,” this show is sure to bring everyone a trip down memory lane. Directed by WPU’s own theatre director, Amy White, the show is bound to get everyone dancing in their seats. The show stars Julia Walsh as Esther and Nicholas Davis as John Truitt, the musical’s primary romance for the evening. The cast can guarantee anyone who attends will have a blast. “Meet Me in St. Louis is a story about love and family,” said Alexa Parker, WPU student and who plays Lucille Ballard in the show. “It’s a joy to be a part of and even more fun to perform. No matter the age, anyone can enjoy this show.” The cast is very excited to be putting on such a family-friendly show, and allowing everyone an evening of wholesome fun. Julia Johnson, the show’s costume assistant, is excited for everyone to see the beautiful Victorian costumes that the cast will be playing in. “While I love every part of putting a play or musical together, helping actors and actresses dress their character is something that I have come to enjoy over the past two shows that WPU has put on.” There are many moving parts within the show, and each person that is part of the production has been working hard to make it an unforgettable experience. Tickets are sold online and at the door. Visit for more

Game Developer visits WPU

Tom Shannon speaks to WPU students, Photo by Julia Hardy

By Julia Hardy Staff writer Many students in the simulation and game design major at William Peace University are interested in working for gaming companies during their internships and also after graduation. Cary-based Epic Games is one of those companies, and a representative recently visited campus. Tom Shannon, an artist in Epic’s education division, came to campus Nov. 13 to talk to students about how to effectively use Unreal Engine, a set of game development tools created by Epic. “I work with schools and students and I try to help them achieve success with Unreal Engine,” said Shannon, who spoke on the second

floor of Belk Dining Hall. Epic creates a variety of popular video games using the Unreal software, which Shannon calls a “game engine.” Shannon has been a part of the process of designing games such as Fortnite, Gears of War, and Unreal Tournament. Epic has committed to using $100 million to support game developers, students, and educators. WPU sophomore and SGD major Matt Merino is very interested and passionate about going into game development for his career path. Merino learned a lot of new, important information from Shannon’s presentation. “A lot of the information, Tom was putting out there was stuff I didn’t even know about,” Merino said. “Like the internship programs sounded really interesting to me.”

happened,” he says. “We were scared because we didn’t know what was happening and so like around an hour in, one of our friends actually said that we were on New York Times. That’s how we knew it was real.” Martinez says he lost a friend that day. “It was definitely hard for me because I still remember all the times we would see each other through the halls and I remember saying ‘Hey how’s your day’ and she would go ‘Eh could be better’ or vice versa and we would just give each other a hug,” he says. “It was hard not seeing her everyday again through the halls going to my second period.” Truly, no is ever unscathed when it comes to mass shootings and how they impact one’s mental health and their well being. Not if they’ll survive to the end of the semester. Since the beginning of 2019 up until now, there have been more than 334 mass shootings and more than 377 deaths from those horrific events, according to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archives, which tracks mass shootings. Families in many cities around the country have lost their loved ones to senseless violence. Over time, students have learned to duck and cover, and if need be, fight for their lives, when danger approaches. WPU students know the feeling of being on a lockdown and hiding in classrooms with their peers just as UNC Charlotte students did.

Last year, WPU students were put under a lockdown after the police had received a 911 call threatening the campus. The lockdown lasted a total of two hours as students and faculty hid in classrooms, dorms, and even the caf. “I was by myself, and it was really scary for me. I see this happen a lot on the news and in movies and this type of thing can happen in real life,” said WPU student, Mareika Monroe. Regardless of where college students reside, the common fear of having an active shooter on campus hits home for too many college students. Many feel the real problem is not the mental health or PTSD, but gun control. The number of guns in America, outnumber the number of people currently living in the U.S. In N.C., the age requirement to own and purchase a handgun is 18. Most highschoolers are 18 in their senior year. “My goal is that they add more laws and policies on how to possibly ban assault weapons or to control them and have more restrictions,” says Martinez. People with families, hopes, and dreams had their lives cut short. No one wants to bury a family member. College students are supposed to be worried about exams, studying and their lives after college. Not shootings. -Editor Caitlin Richards contributed to this report.

WPU Students Debate Solution For Gun Control By Kaleb Williamson Contributing Writer

Students at William Peace University as well as colleges and schools around the nation are coming to grips and dealing with an epidemic that is sweeping the United States. The U.S. currently leads other industrialized nations in gun violence statistics, with the nation facing a disproportionate amount of mass shootings and firearm violence on an annual basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firearms are the second leading cause of death for U.S. children and teenagers and the leading cause of death for black children and teens, which makes the issue more deadly than leading medical epidemics. In addition, in the National Crime Victimization Survey 467,321 people were victims of a crime committed with a firearm in 2011. “About two and a half years ago one of my neighbors was shot and killed by a jealous ex-lover right outside of our town homes,” says James Hall, a WPU simulation and game design major. “It has caused a significant amount of security concerns within our community.” According to 2017 survey done by the Pew Research Center, 44 percent of Americans personally know someone who has been shot, either accidentally or intentionally. Beyond those statistics, the U.S. has had more instances of mass shootings in the last decade than any other wealthy, developed nation. The 2017 Las Vegas shooting, El Paso, Parkland, San Bernadino, the 2016 Orlando Nightclub Shooting and Sandy Hook are notable cases that have happened in the last seven years. Just last week, two students were killed in a shooting at a California High School. Most have come to a consensus that it is an issue that can and should be addressed, and that is no exception at WPU. However, like much of the nation, there is still an ample amount of controversy and debate over what actions should be taken, and WPU’s population has varying takes on what should be the focus going forward. “I really feel like gun control is the best solution, especially when you look at countries like Canada,” says Christian Langley, a sophomore history and American studies major. “We have the second amendment in the U.S., so you can’t get rid of guns completely, but I personally feel households only need one firearm for self-defense.” According to an informal survey conducted at WPU, out of 40 responses, 70 percent of respondents favored stricter laws regarding gun ownership compared to 30 percent who did not. Alexa Parker, a sophomore at Peace pursuing a musical theatre major, aligned with this view fairly strongly. “It just needs to be harder to get a gun - I think access to guns is way too easy,” Parker said, “I have a family member that has a gun. He had to go to classes, but that was it. I

get it’s for personal protection, but I feel like it’s way too easy considering the amount of damage they do.” When asked what would be the most effective in decreasing gun violence in the United States, half of those same respondents favored restrictions controlling who could own guns while 22.5 percent said that increasing access to mental health services would be the most effective. Four out of five of the respondents were WPU students, and half of those surveyed favored neither of the major political parties in the U.S., with the other half of the population being roughly split on favoring the Republican or Democratic parties. “I am of the opinion that there is no need for a civilian to own a fully automatic rifle or bump stocks,” says Hall. “I think that bolt action or semi-automatic rifles are fine for hunting purposes with background checks and hunting license, but the average civilian should only be able to carry handguns.” There are disagreements on all fronts, from whether more or less gun control is the answer to what specific policies should be enacted within those viewpoints. In the meantime, discussions for what should be done to address gun violence continue at WPU and at universities across the U.S.

Stats via Gallup and informal poll of 40 WPU students. Infographic by Mikayla Brown


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State of the University Address

Weighing in on Impeachment By By Alex Garrison and Zachary Gaiters Staff Writers

On Sept. 24, the U.S. House of Representatives set into motion an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s controversial interactions with other nations, in particular Ukraine. On Nov. 15, the first public hearings in the impeachment began with witness Marie L. Yovanovitch as she spoke on her encounter with Trump and his allies and how she was fired as ambassador to Ukraine.

While news outlets across the world are updating this story minute-by-minute, many William Peace University students said they are not following the impeachment closely, and many lacked strong opinions about an issue that will have a major impact on the future of the government and country. Here’s a sampling of what students are saying about this national controversy.

“I feel like impeachment is not enough--it’s an understatement.” -April Birch, Senior

“No, he was elected. Why should he be impeached? He didn’t do anything wrong.” - Daniel Mazanec, Senior

WPU President Dr. Brian Ralph will give the university’s fifth annual State of the University address today at 5 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Photo by Shannon Turner.

(Continued from page 1) “This is a great way for us to tell all the great things that are happening here at Peace,” he said. The plan is to celebrate and inform both internal and external audience members. There will be an update regarding the strategic plan as the second year has been completed. Immersive learning will be heavily discussed not only to provide an update, but to also provide a thorough understanding of its goals. “We’re going to do something I think is going to be really interesting and really engaging for the audience to really have them understand what William Peace University is trying to do to create a learning environment for students that really is distinctive and powerful,” he said. As Peace is focused on the student experience, students will also be featured in the event. Mikayla Brown is a senior, double majoring in nonprofit administration and communication.

She will be presenting as an honors student as part of the panel for immersive learning. “I will be speaking about my experience which includes conversations with the local homeless individuals, the planning and creation of a library for the Salvation Army homeless shelter for women and children, as well as my learning in the course,” said Brown. Ralph believes that this address will provide a valuable perspective for students because it will showcase how others view Peace, encouraging them to see interest that Raleigh community has, as well as get excited about the design of their experience. “I hope they take away that their institution has an administration, faculty, and staff, who are laser- focused on the student experience,” he said. “I think when they see some of the work we’re doing they’re going to be really excited about how committed we are to their success and to their experiences here.”

By Destinie Harrington Staff Writer

of sleep then travel to class in their own car. Parking here at Peace is even a little more limited since we don’t have the Seaboard space anymore. And now that makes marking spaces that we did have not available there for us to park. Yes if we were to complain about it being no parking at Peace, people would say there are other ways to prevent there not being late for class or getting tickets, but it’s bigger than that. It’s more so wanting to be able to drive your car and want to park in the peace parking lot if there is an available space.

Pacer Pantry Open for Students in Need By Hannah Horne Staff writer

`A pantry opened at William Peace University this semester for students on campus who are in need of basic and even major personal needs, bringing together a community of students to show that no one is alone in this world. The pantry opened up for students in September, and students, faculty and staff are invited to contribute. It includes anything from canned soup and other food to personal hygiene care such as deodorant, shampoo, and body wash. Students fill out a form to be able to

use to the pantry. It calls for the name and some minor information of the college student so that faculty can access the needs of the individual. The Student Athletic Advisory Committee donated the non-perishable foods it collected for Cans Across the Conference to the pantry, said President Sarah Scott. “This is a competition between all of the schools in our conference in the fall,” said Scott. “This year we have decided to give our donations to the Pacer Pantry. We hope this able to positively benefit our community.”

Opinion On Parking at Peace Immersive Learning at WPU PARKING at Peace has been crazy since we all started going to Peace, especially if you are a commuter or someone who drives because they live in student apartments. Many students never know how the parking in the public street works because the city sign are a little confusing. I talked with Endeja Carter at Junior here at Peace who is actually a student who is a commuter and drives to school. She stated that she walked out to her car after a day of classes and found a ticket on her car from the city. She felt as if trying to find a parking spot is difficult enough and getting a ticket does not make it any better. Even if you were to buy a parking pass there still wouldn’t be enough parking spaces due to the parking lot being shared by students and staff. Kia Randle shared frustration as well on the parking dilemma. Also a junior, she said that she lives in the student housing and doesnt even want to risk getting a ticket, so she car pulls with her friends that has class at the same time as her. Yes many may say, but you can easily take the shuttle to avoid getting tickets and trouble finding a parking spot. But what if you have work after class, or have a huge gap in between classes and don’t want to be stuck at school that long until then and some people don’t like being at school an hour early for class? They would rather get that extra hour

(Immersive Learning Continued from page 1) Born came to Peace from Washington D.C., where he was Clinical Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture, as well as Director of the Teaching and Learning program. With all of these new improvements that have been going on in the library, students have been making use of the space and taking advantage of all the opportunities in the Immersive Learning Center. Helping the students grow and be interactive in their studies is what Born envisioned for the space. Born says the goal of the center is to provide a physical place where students can “collaborate and interact with one another and the programming to support the faculty to help them do innovative things in their classrooms.” The center allows students to get more involved in their academic experience and develop proficiency within their chosen field. Born wants to give students the chance to be more immersed and actively involved within their education and through the use of the center, he hopes that students can achieve that while they’re at Peace. Immersive learning was not only happening in the new space. Several classes also sought to teach students through innovative approaches. Some examples: Backyard Explorers In this history class, instructed by Dr. Katie Otis, students learned about state and local history by going on special tours and interactive exhibits in museums, archives, and historic sites all near and around campus. Students explore will provide more information about the different historical events that have taken place here in North Carolina. “We were able to learn about Raleigh not only as a place in which we lived but as a place of historical significance with a rich and diverse story,” said WPU junior

Rachel Ashworth. Through it all, Dr. Otis’ goal is to spark historical curiosity in her students. “I want to inspire students to get out into their communities and realize how much history is around us both in our immediate communities and our home communities, and encourage them to get into museums and just explore,” says Otis. Simulationand Game Design Collaborative Class The SGD senior collaborative class, SGD 411, worked on making a complete and published game for the Oculus as their final project this semester. Simulation and Game Design professor Justin Johnson said the goal was “to simulate the operations of a game design company and have a published game by the end of the semester.” “It’s the closest thing to working at a company,” said Johnson.Professor Johnson decided to go this route for the class because he wanted to put the seniors in a position game designers find themselves within a workplace. This is an opportunity for the senior class to have a publied title on their resume for future and prospective employers. Students are given full range on the project with the only requirements being that the game teaches the player something about a particular topic the class finds to be relevant and of interest.In one particularly interesting class, the students used motion capture technology on a live dog (brought in by professor Roger Christman) to create animations for the game. “Bringing the dog in was something that was experimental but fun. It was interesting to be able to turn an idea into reality. It was also a challenge due to the few resources availablee” Sager-Leonard said. Once the game has been completed Professor Johnson has stated the class will present their project at ECGA (East Coast Game Conference) this coming year. -Staff writer Agi Ngie contributed to this report.

Aerial view of WPU parking lot via Peace Times Files

15 Below Arts Club By Caitlin Richards Staff Writer

William Peace University students started 15 Below, a students lead performing arts club for all students to put on plays and productions that are not main stage plays. “We don’t offer just shows, but we have workshops, fun activities, movie nights, cabarets, and miscasts,” said WPU freshman and a member of 15 Below board, Brian Martinez The club is not specifically for theatre majors. Anyone who would like to be part of this is welcomed. Even though non theatre majors can be cast in main stage plays, such as “Meet Me In St. Louis,” which is running Nov. 2-, these productions can

be harder to be cast in, as theatre majors are required to audition. 15 Below allows for non theatre majors or minors to be involved in all the ins and outs of theatre productions, having opportunities to direct, produce, and be in performances. The club will be performing the Submission in February and has already been cast, but more opportunities are coming soon. Auditions will be held on Sat., Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. in Leggett for their next show, Everscape, which is going to be directed and stage managed alumni of Peace. “It is a fight heavy show so if you want to learn fight intimacy and all that fun stuff definitely try out. You will learn all that fun jazz and it is completely safe,” said Martinez.

SGD students capture the movement of a dog for their virtual reality game. Photo by Katlyn West.


The end of the 2010s is almost here. At an end, there is always a beginning; and that new beginning marks the Roaring 2020s for William Peace University.

Looking forward: 2020 calls for your mom’s clothes By Shannon Turner Staff Writer

Get ready to raid the thrift stores and attics because these beloved styles are coming back for 2020. Something from each major fashion decade is returning to the mainstream for what to wear. Here are the key returning styles: • Jean Jackets • Denim on Denim • Converse • Scrunchies • Neon Colors • Leather Jackets • Birkenstocks

Jerimiah Comber, senior business major, with denim on denim. Scrunchie featured on student’s wrist.

Tucker Soltesz, sophomore global studies major, wearing bright neon yellow.

Audrey Moore, senior theatre major, in red converse.

Angie Gamble, senior communications major, in a leather jacket.

Celebrity ‘10s Highs and Lows By Alexandra Garrison Staff Writer

This decade has been full of drama, tears, breakups, makeups, and excitement dealing with all the celebrities that we all know and love. Here are some of the most memorable moments from this past decade dealing with celebrities.

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Beyonce and Jay-Z: had twins Colton Underwood: first virgin Bachelor, “fence jump” for Cassie Hannah Brown: coming out of the Bachelorette without being engaged Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins: adopted a little girl, gave birth to a little girl, are pregnant with girl Taylor Swift: acquires master recordings of all her records Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber: broke up, got back together, and broke up again Demi Lovato: drug overdose and recovery Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan: divorced

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Ben Afleck and Jennifer Garner: broke up Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens: broke up Miley and Liam: engaged, married, broke up Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert: divorced Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stweart: broke up Jonas Brothers: all married and comeback album/tour Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin: married Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello: friendship to supposedly dating

The Jonas Brothers had a recent comeback and during that time they were all married. Courtesy of the Jonas Brothers website.

Gaming of the Decade By Will Atkins Staff Writer

Gaming has changed. And it has changed a lot through this decade. Many games have come out, franchises have gotten large reboots and genres have been invented. Some truly wonderful games have been released and the industry has no intention of stopping as it charges into the new year. Games have gotten much bigger, more emotional, better looking, more technical, better written and more complicated as the decades progressed. Some games showed off how realistic they can look while others push to create beautiful artistic visuals. Games like The Last of Us have told heart wrenching stories. God of War came back with its fourth installment showing a more fatherly side of its protagonist. Then games like Bloodbourne and Sekiro changed the formula of souls-like by creating and altering mechanics. Skyrim and GTA V pushed how big an open world can be in games. The improvement of hardware and software limitations have allowed for these changes to happen. As technology improves, games only become more impressive. Then there is the Battle Royale genre. It’s one of the most profitable types of game to come out this decade. It was popularized and cemented with the release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, respectively. Fortnite even being

so popular, it’s thought of as the leading Battle Royale game with its player base of about 250 million players. This decade wasn’t just friendly to the big developers but to the little guys too. The 2010s saw the rise of many indie games, with many of these indie titles being inspired by their predecessors in the previous decade, and by much older games. The 2010s were essentially the indie game renaissance and popularizing it as a legitimate way of developing games. Some of the biggest indie games include Fez, Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Hyper Light Drifter, Undertale, Binding of Issac, Stardew Valley, Don’t Starve, Crypt of the Necrodancer, Darkest Dungeons and Cuphead.

By Dara Scott Staff Writer The past decade has brought with it so many new trends, many of which have been a twist on an original, including food. Everything you thought you knew has been revamped, added onto or just totally disguised. Some trends will hopefully stick around as we re-enter a decade of the 20’s, others - not so much. Let’s first talk about food combinations. Some things may be great on their own, sometimes things are better together. The genius that is the cronut, half croissant, half donut should be something that sticks around for the next millenia. Ramen burgers and sushi pizza can stay in this past decade. Not sure who decided regular milkshakes weren’t good enough on their own but now they seem to be exploding with an entire candy stores worth of toppings, baked goods, edible straws, cotton candy and whatever other decadent treat you can think of. Even outside of the glasses of these freakshakes are coated in sprinkles. Everything else outside of milkshakes became unicorn food and dyed in rainbow colors, covered in sprinkles, dusted with edible glitter, or covered in childrens’ cereal.

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Freakshake courtesy of Pexels Edible cookie dough finally gave us an option to eat the same thing we’ve all been eating for years but without the worry of salmonella. Gluten-free as a trend, gave us cauliflower pizza, rice, mac and cheese, buffalo bites, steak and pretty much anything you could dream of eating for dinner, that can now be crafted from one vegetable. Avocado toast became the trendy reason behind the housing market dropping since millennials are buying the delicious and simple, yet absurdly expensive breakfast item, as opposed to homes. Smoothies got dumped out of cups and into bowls and sprinkled with all kinds of ~healthy~ toppings. And food trucks have been given their own festivals and awards, taking the spotlight over traditional brick and mortar restaurants. What do you think will trend in the 2020 decade?

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Kpop: International Influence Found Peace

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soCIAl mEDIA thRough thE DECADE From 2010 to 2020, social media has continuously evolved and has a major influence in society. A decade ago, social media was popular, but not as popular as it is today. In 2010, the number of social media users went from at 0.97 billion to 2.62 billion in 2018 according to statista. In 2010, the most used social media platforms were YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook-which overtook Myspace and is still the most used social media platform today. Instagram launched in 2010 and wasn’t just for sharing pictures. Instagram allows people to have a business through social media and introduced the term “Instagram influencers” as a real job making it easier for bloggers to gain income. Instagram has been one of the leading social media platforms and with it constantly updating, it is remaining one of the top social media platforms today. Goodbye AOL chatrooms. Listed below are ways to chat and trends used through social media that emerged in the last decade. 2011 - Snapchat. If just messaging isn’t enough, now pictures and videos can be shared instantly. 2013 - “But first let me take a selfie.” The word “selfie” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary this year. 2015 - Farewell to pictures without filters. Filters became a trend and were applied to almost every picture. 2017 -TikTok provided a way for people to make short videos to share with everyone. -Caitlin Richards






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to organize and run Kpop Club’s events around A lot has happened in the 2010s. One campus. These students have been working on of the biggest influences around the world has forming the club, so everyone around campus come in the form of a different music genre. interested in music and culture can come Even for people who are unsure about This new and exciting genre of music is known together. joining the club, Megee says, “Even if you are a Ross has been into Kpop for as long as bit worried or nervous about joining, we are all as Kpop. With the combined styles of hip-hop, pop, and strong rap influences, Kpop has started he can remember. coming together to have a good time, meeting “I want to start a club so there would new people, and making new friends that are taking over music charts. Students like Kennedy Spencer, WPU be a healthy and friendly community for the interested in Kpop. you will learn something freshman, have been interested in Kpop for a people around campus who are interested in new you did not know, and learn some fun dance while now and gives these groups credit for both Korean music and culture,” said Ross. “I am moves in the process.” so excited to have a club on campus that is open being a big inspiration in her life. To usher in the new year and new “Kpop inspired me because of all the to any and everyone interested in Kpop.” decade, this group of dedicated students is Even though the club is not planned working to create a new club on campus that hard work the artist put into their music. It inspires me to work hard as well,” said Spencer. to start up until 2020, those involved have been will be an inspiration and a new beginning for Kpop started taking off in 2017 when making plans for meetings and events around students here at Peace. acclaimed group BTS won their first Billboard campus that will get students excited about the Music Award for Top Social Artist. With the start-up of the club. introduction of BTS and Kpop as a new and top-grossing music genre, college campuses like Peace started getting students interested in the genre. In a poll of 50 students from Peace, 37 people listened to Kpop, and 43 people knew about the music genre and had listened to a song or two before. Montana Palazzola, a Peace freshman, has just recently started listening to Kpop, but she shared her enthusiasm when it comes to her favorite groups. “All of the groups are so talented and united together, so it inspires me within my everyday life,” says Palazzola. Some of the students around W P U have started the process of forming a Kpop club at the beginning of the Spring 2020 semester. Kpop group BTS at the 2018 BBMA courtesy of ther offical Instagram Zyon Ross and Adrian Megee are just a few of the students that will be helping

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2019 - Avengers: Endgame - Avengers: Endgame is a sprawling super-hero epic that puts a nice bow on the Avengers franchise and ushers in a new era for Marvel studios. 2018 - Black Panther - 2018’s Black Panther introduces some of Marvel’s most well-developed and diverse characters in of the highest grossing films of all time. 2017 - Call Me By Your Name - Luca Guadagnino’s progressive film starring Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer tells a coming-of-age story between two young men, and how their friendship evolves into something more, leaving them both with an unforgettable summer. 2016 - Moonlight - This Academy Award-winning film received much acclaim from all generations, even going on to be called one of the best films of the 21st century. It focuses on a young man’s journey through life, sexuality, identity, and the experiences he has along the way. 2015- The Danish Girl - Eddie Redmayne’s critically acclaimed performance depicting a transgender woman in

this movie was a bold step forward in American film-making, introducing a story about one of the first recipients of sex reassignment during the 1920s. 2014 - Interstellar - Christopher Nolan establishes himself as one of this generation’s greatest directors in this moving space opera and features some of composer Hans Zimmer’s best work; a landmark film. 2013- 12 Years a Slave - Directed by Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave describes the tumultuous years in which a free black man is forced to be a slave in the South, causing him to endure this cruel ordeal in hopes of gaining back his freedom one day. 2012- The Dark Knight Rises - Featuring knock-out performances from Christian Bale and Tom Hardy, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy brought layers of realism and gritty film noir not yet seen in the superhero film genre. 2011- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Pt 2 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 marked the end of an era, bringing Rowling’s sprawling epic to an exciting and emphatic conclusion. 2010- Black Swan - A metaphorical dance between good and evil, Natalie Portman’s grueling performance as a passionate ballerina teeters on the fine line of insanity in this psychological thriller.



Having College Friends: Finding Growth Within

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ByVictoria Mims Staff Writer

Friends. They help us in some of the toughest moments of our lives while letting us know and reassuring us that everything’s going to be okay. Friends help add a little bit more meaning to our lives and bring joy to the most dullest of moments. But it’s not always happy moments. Sometimes it’s moments of bickering, and sometimes it’s moments of crying together because you both procrastinated with turning in that paper that’s due soon. In the end though, friends help, especially in college. Many people create their forever friendships in college, leaving them feeling less lonely and leading them to explore more and have someone to share their experiences with. Knowing that there’s one person or people who will be there to just talk whenever is really beneficial. Whether it be talking about how sucky that test was or that cute new guy or girl in the class. “Having friends in college helps deal with loneliness and it opens yourself to new experiences and growing as a person,” said sophomore, Edgar Arrieta Reyes. In college, not everyone is going to be like you and that’s what life is all about. There’s an

exposure to new people and things, and a lot of the time those new people help to discover new things. Having friends who aren’t exactly like you helps you grow. Those friends may leave you wondering why you haven’t ever tried mustard on fries before or have never just taken random walks at night. Friends in college help you see and experience a world that you’ve never known before meeting them. Friends not only help with the social aspect of college, but also the academic aspect as well. Having someone to potentially study with or make a boring class fun increases the college experience. If a friend took a class before-hand and you may be struggling, well you have the perfect tutor, just try not to get side-tracked. “People that had other classes that you would sign up for could warn you about those classes and some could be in your major and help you out,” said junior, Nicholas Phan. Overall, having good friends will not only get you through college, but life because it’s a natural human instinct to want to build connections. These are just a few ways in which having friends can enhance your college experience.

Reduce Stress About Part-Time During Finals Job Hunting

By Agi Ngie Staff Writer

Finals: Having sleepless nights, being stressed out, and not having time to yourself. Finals week can be the most stressful time for a student whether in high school, college, or graduate school. It is something that tends to sneak up on students. One second you are sailing smoothly through the term, next thing you know it is finals week. Therefore, you start to become overwhelmed by everything that is thrown your way. From the papers to the projects, all of these begin to take a toll on you, physically and mentally. It is safe to say that stress is inevitable during finals week, but there are ways to make stress manageable. Stay Organized- Being organized is key and is a skill every student needs to master. Not only does it save you time, but also keeps you efficient and stress-free. As the semester goes by, keep track of all your assignments, record important dates in your planner, have a different folder for each class, and do what is needed to keep you on track. Sleep- Who has time to sleep during finals? It sounds impossible, but you can fit sleep into your busy schedule during finals. In fact, getting a good night’s sleep will have you perform better academically. To incorporate sleep into your busy schedule, set a bedtime and wake-up time. That way if you make it a point to go to bed at 11 p.m., you will be less likely to start studying at 10:30 p.m. and be more motivated to start earlier. Also be sure to lessen your caffeine intake throughout the day. Avoid Distractions- Distractions are everywhere and can be impossible to remove. The only way is to be strong enough to avoid giving in to temptation when you need to buckle down and study. As students, we tend to be distracted more by our cellular devices. One way to avoid getting distracted by your phone is to switch on the “do not disturb” mode. Choose a place to study where you are less likely to be distracted. This is different for everyone as we all get distracted by different things. However, places like the library or a quiet study area are good options compared to cafes or common areas where you are more likely to bump into friends or be distracted by what is going on around you. Good luck to everyone having finals!

The Art of Art and its Mental Health Benefits By Zachary Gaiters Staff Writer

Paintings, sculptures, and drawings. These are among the first words many gravitate to when they think art. But is art as meerley a way to pass the time or a useful tool to reduce stress? Studies from medical experts found that creating art encourages creative thinking and relieves stress. “Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that can lower your stress level and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm,” said biology journalist, Deane Alban in an article about the health benefits of art. Alban, alongside her husband, Patrick Alban, created the website Be Brain Fit with the intention of spreading their growing knowledge of the various ways to improve mental health to other people. Their findings include the improved memories of Alzheimer’s patients who draw or paint, enhanced problem-solving skills, and increases in selfesteem. As a school with a wealth of classes related to performing and visual arts, William Peace University strives to assist its students in expressing their creative abilities. “Art is expressing what you want to have out there,” said WPU student Taylor Blanchard. Passionate about dance and music, Blanchard considers music as much of a form of art as painting and sculpting and believes they can communicate bold

statements everyone will see, regardless of whether they like it or not. In addition to performing arts, crafting arts such as gardening and photography are also ways to express creativity. Alban finds that creating art can ward off depression and prevent the brain from aging. Moreover, hanging artwork on a wall can release a chemical called dopamine, which boosts concentration and focus skills.

In a study of over 10,000 students who took an hour-long trip to an art museum, many showed signs of increased critical thinking skills and greater tolerance towards people different than themselves.

“You can make a difference in the world if it’s meaningful,” said sophomore, Angel Sutton. Some students also believe that their skills can be used to create products that could potentially change “Art includes how the world perceives decorating your door or certain topics. getting tattoos,” said junior “At some point, I Sarah Stutz. “All art is want to make a game with relaxing and it’s a form of big philosophical questions,” getting away.” According said SGD major Taylor to Alban, other ways art Brieto. can be beneficial to health Alban believes that includes stimulation everyone has the innate of the communication desire to express themselves Illustration by Michelle Presutti between different parts of through art, regardless of the brain. their level of talent. Complicated functions, such as creative “It’s about expressing whatever they want in thinking or learning languages require using both sides their own unique way,” says Blanchard. “Even actors are of the brain, and as such, this increase communication artists in their own way.” between these regions will make people more resilient to In order to truly take advantage of the health benefits of art, stress. Alban finds it important not to worry about the quality of According to Alban, the mere act of viewing art, but rather the process of creating art. art can increase feelings of empathy, tolerance and love.

Job hunting photo by Lizzie Harrington

By Lizzie Harrington Staff Writer Having a part time job while in college is essential to most. Whether it’s for spending money, to pay rent, gas money, and all in between. It can be difficult to find the right job for you while in school. Keep in mind your school schedule and other obligations. This is one of the most important things to keep in mind when applying to jobs. Before spending your time working on an application, do your research. Google the place of business, check out their hours of operation, location in proximity to you, and reviews from customers. Make sure it is a place you would want to spend your time at and be proud to tell someone you work there. Take a visit there first, check out the atmosphere, talk to some of the employees, and see how you feel. Most importantly, make sure you can work regular shifts there and be able to go to ALL of your classes and be present for other obligations. Do NOT make a part time job more important than your education. Have an hourly wage minimum in your head. This requires budgeting. First, budget how much you would need to make from this job monthly, keep it reasonable, is it just part time work after all. A great resource to find jobs in your area is a website that allows employers to post job openings that include information on employee benefits including average or starting pay rate. If unable to find that information, don’t be afraid to call and speak to a manager to get your questions answered before applying. Keep in mind the amount of hours you would need to work in order to reach your monthly income requirement. Try to find something you would enjoy.Like making coffee? Try to find a position at a coffee shop. Like a certain store? Try to get a job for that employee discount. Do you hate the thought of checking people out at a grocery store for hours? Don’t get a retail job. Again, it is just a part time job and there is not much flexibility in finding a job you love and want to stay there for years. And that is fine, for most this is a job until graduation. Still, it is important to find a job you won’t hate going to every shift. Be truthful on your applications. Seriously, don’t lie about your availability, in the end it will only hurt you. Be honest on the applications that you are only looking for part time work and what hours you can work. Employers will not trust you if you say one thing on the application then after getting offered the job and switching it up. Don’t burn yourself out.

Album Review: Turnover – Altogether (2019) By Kenneth Timper Staff Writer

Altogether is the fourth and latest album from indie-rock band Turnover. Since their inception in 2009, the band has put out a handful of albums and split EPs through Run For Cover records. Throughout their decade together, they have explored a variety of sounds ranging from rambunctious and emotive melodic punk (on 2013’s Magnolia) to drowsy and melancholic soft rock (on 2015’s Peripheral Vision). On their latest offering, Altogether, Turnover continues on the same trajectory established on their last album Good Nature; spacey melodies bounce off of loungey vocals to create a fully warm and daydream-inducing sound. Refusing to rely solely on their previous successes, though, Turnover brings a healthy dose of RNB and eighties pop influences into the fold and the end result

is surprisingly satisfying, albeit with a few hiccups along the way. Opener “Still In Motion” is the song that feels most familiar on the 35-minute affair; Altogether kicks off with vocalist Austin Getz crooning behind simplistic keys and saxophone before being halted by Turnover’s trademark noodly melodic guitar-playing and bouncy drumming. As the song progresses, layers of guitars and synthesizers clash against each other and bury its listeners in a lush and vibrant cacophony. Moving forward, however, it’s clear that those who are looking for Peripheral Vision or Good Nature part two are going to be sorely disappointed. Lead single “Much After Feeling” is an exceptional example of the band’s experimentation paying off; twangy guitars soar over a backdrop of synthesizers that would fit right in on an Earth Wind and Fire album. Turnover’s hazy rock sensibilities don’t clash with their

newfound penchant for dream-pop and RNB, but instead sit happily backseat and guide them in unconventional and interesting ways. “Sending Me Right Back” is another interesting foray into late eighties and early nineties pop music; starting things off with conga drums that would have sat comfortably on one of Phil Collins’ milestone releases. The rest of the song hums along with Getz’s soft crooningrestingagainstoffkilterelectronicsandfuzzyguitars before deconstructing and ending with the same drum pattern it began with. While Turnover’s experimentation and willingness to branch out is appreciated within the context of their discography, some of the songs on Altogether miss the mark and become a slog to get through. Following the strange classic-pop-inspired powerhouse that is “Sending Me Right Back” is the headscratchingly boring “Ceramic Sky.”

“Ceramic Sky” brings back the saxophone from the album’s introductory minute, but makes no attempt to build on top of it; I had to check to see if the album ended and was set to repeat. It is deja-vu inducing in all the wrong ways. On Turnover’s bandcamp page, the album’s description states that it is the band’s first album written while living on opposite coasts. However, in spite of that, it is marketed as their “most collaborative and connected work to date.” While that is mostly true, certain passages make it feel like a band playing on autopilot. Thankfully, these moments don’t last long and add very little bloat to an already brief album. Turnover’s latest album is an interesting release in the band’s growing catalog and sees the band willing to experiment and write songs in unconventional ways. It is an interesting take on indie rock and their already established sound and well worth a spin. Rating: 3.5/5 - Great

Features Working is important and having money for whatever your reasons are, but remember being in college is one of your most important jobs right now. Work reasonable hours, if you are a full time student with 15 or more credit hours try to work a maximum of 20-25 hours a week. Don’t overload yourself and get into a habit of skipping class or missing assignments because of a part time job you won’t stay at after graduation.

Redress Raleigh

By Michelle Presutti Staff Writer

The nonprofit Redress Raleigh foundation is aiding in making Raleigh a more environmentally friendly ecosystem for the fashion industry. They also help educate and mobilize consumers to be advocates for sustainability and building industry partnerships with conscious businesses. Over a decade ago, Redress Raleigh was founded based on the idea of eco-fashion becoming an integrated part of people’s everyday wardrobes. While sustainable fashion has a reputation of often being bland or uninspiring, the foundation makes it clear that conscious shopping can be environmentally friendly while still unique and fun. Redress has worked with over 60 independent designers, such as Shannon Tennyson, Susan Sharpe, and Heather Nixon to help their businesses grow to become bigger parts of the community through events and fashion shows. Since Raleigh is a natural hub for education within design and textile, Redress Raleigh has been able to organically integrate into the community and join the conversation about the environment in relation to fashion since there is already a huge demand in sustainability from local designers and larger brands. Redress features brands and designers in all types of wear so women, men, and children can all have conscious clothing with style. On into 2019, the foundation will be continuing their partnership with fashionSPARK in the “Wear What You Are” Fashion Show as well as holding quarterly mixers for people within the fashion and textile industry, such as designers, product developers, manufacturers and retailers to academic groups, students, consumers, and investing into quality and sustainable clothing. At events, they spread awareness and educate while bringing the community together to better the environment and making sustainable fashion simpler to access. “It’s phenomenal for beginners especially, and even for someone like me who is very eco-conscious. It gives a great value off the bat with their sustainability guide,” said Peace senior Nicholas Aumiller. “They have more in depth info on what constitutes sustainable, which is really comprehensive too which is so inclusive. On top of this they host really great events and they also have volunteer opportunities.” Through this, they have helped people find more accessible, innovative, and unique pieces of clothing that are under the green fashion movement. On their site they offer events, locations of local brands as well as stores who carry environmentally friendly pieces, and resources to learn more about the movement so that people can become more involved. To read more about fashion and trends, visit Michelle’s blog https://modafile.

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How to Survive Being a Broke College Student By Aminah Muhammad Staff Writer We’ve all been there, wondering if the $5.47 in our bank account will get us to the end of the week, let alone find a way to eat dinner for the night. According to, more than 60 percent of U.S college students have run out of money before the end of the semester. To combat the stress of money, meals, and classes, many students try to budget on a weekly or monthly basis. Using the University’s dining hall to student’s advantage to grab pieces of fruit or bringing a to go box along is helpful in saving money Darrel Chisum, a current sophomore at William Peace University (WPU), commented about how he tries to save money while being a broke college student. “Usually, I try not to buy stuff I don’t need, I try to make the groceries I buy last about three months. I definitely get fruits and bananas from the caf when I go, and store them in my bookbag, I also use my to-go box when I go as well,” Chisum said. noted that 36 percent of college students state that they are food insecure, and another 36 percent are housing insecure. Food and shelter insecurities are sadly a problem for incoming and current students who just want to earn their degree and start their career after graduating. On average, college students spend about 99% of their money on restaurants and fast food each month.

Using the University’s dining hall to job if they time gaps in their schedule, everyone student’s advantage to grab pieces of fruit or has a side hustle for getting through each day. bringing a to go box along is helpful in saving money. Nelson Roberts, also a current sophomore at WPU, explained early Friday morning about how he saves money each semester. “I’m not very good with money— so if I know that I need money for something else, I just set a limit for like if I’m going to the grocery store, I’ll spend like $30 on this and $20 on this and save whatever I have left,” Roberts said. suggested a few tips for college students to save money and make the most out of their time at college. Shopping at stores and restaurants who provide student discounts, walking instead of driving to grocery or convenience stores, and being smart about free events around campus. It’s clear that most students try their best in saving money by not going out as much, grabbing fruit and meals from the caf, and asking their parents for money in times of need. Allyah Anderson, Guilford Technical Community College graduate (GTCC) who struggled with not breaking the bank, had a few thoughts about how she survived college then. “To get money, since I was usually low on funds, I would go to the plasma bank and donate my blood. People were able to live, and I was able to gain money while helping other people,” Anderson said. There are many ways to go about saving, gaining, and even making money while in college without constantly depending on parents or skipping out Infographic by Aminah Muhammad on nights with friends. A lot of students even pick up an extra

How to Make the Most of Your Black Friday Shopping

Holiday Events Near Campus

By Caitlin Richards Staff Writer

Black Friday shopping spree poto courtesy of Agi Ngie

By Agi Ngie Staff Writer It is the most highly anticipated shopping day of the year, but to really make the most of Black Friday, there is a lot that needs to be taken account of. From planning to execution, getting the best deals possible is as easy as showing up on Friday morning and hoping a cheap television lands in your car. This year, kick off your holiday season the right way and make the most of your Black Friday shopping. Have a Plan- The first thing to do is to strategize and figure out which stores you want to target. As soon as the sales are announced, start planning what you are going to buy, from where, and what time to line up. If there is a specific item you are wanting to buy, know that you will have plenty of competition from fellow shoppers. So, pick a store with a layout you are familiar with and set your alarm for early. That way, you can have enough time to enjoy and treasure your shopping experience. Resist the Impulse Purchase- The good thing about having a plan is knowing specifically what you want to buy. This helps to reduce any sudden urges and resists you from buying things you do not necessarily need. Alongside, have all the items you want to buy listed, their prices, your budget, and be sure to stick to it. This is where your level of self-control is put to the test. You do not want to blow your budget on impulse buys before you have crossed everything off on your list. It is essential to really trim your holiday spending by just

getting what you really need. Get Alerts- Follow your favorite store chains on social media and sign up for their Black Friday email alerts. This helps you become aware of the best deals immediately and help you plan whether you will be heading to the store or staying online for what you need. Also, download an app helps because it sends out information directly to your phone about big sale opportunities in your area. SHOP FOR BIG-TICKET ITEMS FIRST- Again, periodization is key. Prioritize the biggest items on your shopping list, because these are likely the first to sell out. If you are heading to a large shopping mall, go from big to small. Chances are this will be the lowest price you will find on that TV, camera, or sound system you have had your eye on. Wait until later in the day to shop for smaller items since they go on sale far more frequently, and the money saved isn’t nearly as much as on a big-ticket item. KNOW WHAT BLACK FRIDAY OFFERS -Between shopping online and instore for Black Friday, you should know that there are plenty of “doorbuster” sales that are only valid if you actually show up to the store. These are usually high-end products with huge markdowns such as televisions, gaming systems, and cameras. The items that are on sale are usually announced well in advance, so you will know ahead of time what to expect before the big day. Be sure to look at what stores are offering on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday to see which sales work for you.

WPU staff members decorate Main Hall for the holidays Nov. 18. Photo by Shannon Turner.

There are many ways to celebrate the holidays and kick off the Christmas season in the area. Here is a list of events happening not too far away from campus to celebrate Christmas cheer. Nov. 23 Raleigh Christmas Parade (Downtown Raleigh) - Bring your family, friends, and pets to attend the largest Christmas parade between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. with floats, dancers, bands and more. This parade begins at 9:30 a.m. WRAL Winterwonderland (Saint Mary’s School) - Pictures with Santa, special guests, and more, this event kicks off at 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting (Circle at North Hills) - Enjoy sledding, train rides, live performances, and hot cocoa leading up to Santa lighting the tree. All of this begins at 3:30 p.m. Downtown Raleigh Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration (Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts) - A visit from Santa, entertainment, a slide, holiday refreshments, holiday contests and more, this tree lighting event starts at 6 p.m. These events aren’t just for families with kids, they’re fun for college students too. Take a break from classes and studying to attend these events that will be sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.


People of Peace WPU Alum Repels for Charity Coach Profile: Rachael James-Baker

By Shannon Turner Staff Writer

You feel the way sway you slightly, tilting you towards the 410 foot drop. The best you can do is hope your harness is tight enough as you start your trip down. For Peace Alumni Aaron George, this was the case for his latest experience since he joined the working world. He repelled down the 30 stories of the Wells Fargo building in Downtown Raleigh in September as part of a Special Olympics fundraiser. George is currently the Law Enforcement Torch Run Manager for Special Olympics of North Carolina. He started as a Development Intern there in February of 2019, and graduated Peace later that May. He began working part time at Special Olympics in June, but early November, he accepted a full time position. George does a variety of things day-to-day, but his primary goals include managing fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. This nonprofit is partnered with several law enforcement agencies across

NC that participate in several events and initiatives. These include events such as the Polar Plunge, the Plane Pull, and the Torch Run. “I am mainly responsible for the fundraising athletic events. The Torch Run raises on average over a million dollars a year,” he says. “I help organize each event and it’s really exciting to see the fundraisers succeed. Everyone rallies for a good cause.” This year was the 10th annual Over the Edge event as it is hosted by Special Olympics every year. If participants raise $1,000, they can participate in repelling. This event raises over $100,000 each year, and because of his 50+ hour work week leading up to the event, he was given the option to participate in which he accepted without any hesitation. “The rope felt like I was pulling up 50 pounds each time I moved, so it was tiring, yet so rewarding,” he said. “It was so surreal being that high up on the side of a skyscraper. It was a lot of fun.” Tanner Brown, former teammate and roommate of George, is unsurprised by George’s ambition, describing him as an adrenaline seeker. Brown also said George is passionate about others, which is why the nonprofit environment is well-suited for George. “Aaron was always a team player, on and off the field. He’s reliable and supportive in such a chill way,” he said. “I think Aaron is perfect for working at a nonprofit that has such a good cause, and he deserves to do cool things.” During George’s years at Peace, he played baseball and was an honors program student. He graduated with a business administration degree with a concentration in sports management. He believes Peace gave him the skills he needed to excel in his intern position, which led him to the full time job he enjoys. “Peace helped me develop some interpersonal communication skills,” he said. “I got a lot better at talking to people, in person and also through email. I learned all sorts of things you do in the office and how to collaborate and partner with people.” George is from Holly Springs, NC, but wanted to stay in Raleigh to gain skills and experience to potentially move his career towards facility management. Nonprofit work wasn’t on his radar, but he loves working at Special Olympics and is grateful for his job. He feels he is learning what can come into play later if he chooses to change his career path. “I am hoping to use the skills I’ll develop at Special Olympics to start a career in facilities operations at a sporting complex,” he said. “I really enjoy my job now though, and I’m excited to see where it takes me.”

Photo courtesy of Aaron George

Deanna Rogers, the head of Peace’s Academic Support By Will Atkins Staff Writer Office 205, Finch Library, the Director of Academic Support Deanna Rogers sits. Rogers has many roles here at Peace. One of which involves being the tutor boss. This semester marks the first semester as the director for her. Roger’s main role she takes part in is helping students through the tutor program. Every time you have needed help in a subject and gone to the tutors, Rogers has played a part in helping you. The students up on the second floor were trained and hired by her. She even helps students individually, meeting with several students weekly. Every student is different, so she tailors her help to each student individually. “You don’t tutor math the same way you tutor writing a paper,” says Rogers. She coordinates the tutors in ways to make sure they can help students in their individual subjects. Currently, Rogers has started several new programs with the tutoring this semester program. “We’re taking tutoring out of the library and into other parts of campus,” says Rogers. To start out with, a tutor will be at Village Green housing. This tutor will be at Village Green in the evening hours, so students living there won’t need to drive back to campus. She’s also bringing tutors into the study halls of various athletic teams. Meaning that student athletes will get any needed help brought to them. Another big change to the tutoring Rogers is implementing is weekend hours. Right now, there is only Sunday evening hours, but in the future has the potential to grow even more. The students who sign up for these hours the bigger the time slots available will get. Besides being the boss of tutoring, she teaches the Academic Enrichment Seminar and holds study hall hours. She is also a part of the Retention Effort committees, which are in charge of making sure students get the support

“The Tutoring Boss” Photo by Will Atkins

they need. Whether it be academic or financial. Rogers is job basically boils to helping students succeed within their chosen paths. But she doesn’t credit all this to herself; Much of the credit goes to the students of Peace. “I feel blessed to be here at Peace, and I’m really impressed with the Peace students with how engaged they are with their work.” She is quite excited to be here at Peace, being able to be a part of the small community. Her previous jobs had Rogers working in much larger universities; there she would focus more on peer tutoring for writing. She had various similar positions at various writing centers and universities until fate brought her here to Peace. The theme that Rogers is emphasizing this year is to be proactive and not reactive. This means you should get the help that you need before you get a bad grade. You stay ahead of the wave. Instead of digging a hole for yourself, build a mound to stand on. So, if you are in need of tutoring check out the tutoring center. Everyone there is ready and willing to help you out.

By Elizabeth Ralph Staff Writer

Coach Rachael James-Baker, the new William Peace University men and women’s tennis coach, began coaching around the age of 14 years old coaching younger kids, and continued to coach throughout her college years during summer camps. After graduating with a degree in political science, she became a tennis coach at a country club. At that point, she says, she didn’t think coaching would become her career because her original thoughts were to become a news producer, as she had already been a news producer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “With being an athlete, corporate life is just much different. I didn’t like being stuck at a desk, being behind a computer for 9-10 hours a day. I liked being outside and talking to people,” James says. During her time as a country club tennis coach, she became a news producer full-time, although,

Headshot by Elizabeth Ralph

while in that position, she still wanted to stay in tennis. Her desire to stay in the tennis world is what led her to WPU where she was hired for an assistant, part-time job. The solidification of her career choice to be a university tennis coach full-time, she says, came after seeing the position open at WPU. This is Coach James’ first head coaching position. “In the coaching world, this is a big deal. For me to have been a few years out of college still in my mid to late 20’s, this is a big deal and I really appreciate it,” says Coach James. “I am just really fortunate to be in this position as a head tennis coach for a men’s and women’s program in downtown Raleigh for Peace. It’s a beautiful situation I’m in and I am extremely grateful.” When practice starts in the spring, James says she expects being on the tennis team to be about having great experiences, creating great friendships and hopefully, in the future, staying with the sport. “I’m going to be extremely accommodating to my student athletes because they have rigorous courses, jobs, internships, so tennis practice schedule comes after all of that,” said James. “I am going to see to it that they are able to develop athletically without cutting into any of their internships, jobs, and especially their schoolwork. For me, academics is always first, one hundred percent.” Her goal for this year is for the team to have a positive experience that they would want to come back next year to play and be a part of again, and for people to know about the team and want to join. “That’s my goal for this team, just to have the best experience like I did when I was in college and played tennis,” says James. Her goal going forward for the following years is to get more recruits on campus for the team, and to further develop the tennis program, as well as have their ranking go up in the conference.

A Tale of Two Countries

By Sammy Suazo-Carbajal Contributing Writer

Most people know competitive nature when they see it, but if you know Jonathan Miller, chances are you blinked and missed it. Miller’s reserved personality may make him seem like the ordinary DIII-athlete at William Peace University, but there’s no one that hates losing more than him. That same competitive edge drives the young native of the Bahamas to become a member of the Bahamas National Soccer Team. Not many collegiate athletes represent their country at the highest level of competitive soccer, but Miller has proven to live up to the professional level of soccer, making his fifth international appearance against the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday, Nov. 13. “Playing for my country is an honor and having the opportunity to is something I’ve wanted my whole life so I have to make the best of it,” said Miller. Miller is a 21 year-old footballer from Nassau, Bahamas, who has traveled to the U.S. to compete in collegiate athletics while earning a bachelor’s in sports and exercise sports science. Miller was a member of the Coker College Soccer Program in South Carolina a year before transferring to WPU in Downtown Raleigh, later earning himself two 3rd-team all conference awards for soccer in the NCAA USA South DIII Division. “There are a few pinnacles in every soccer player’s career, one of those is playing for your home country’s national team,” said Ryan Huber, Head Coach of the WPU Men’s Soccer Team. “Very few players get the opportunity to play for their country. It’s really cool that Jonathan gets the opportunity to represent the Bahamas on the soccer field.” Traveling to the U.S. to play college soccer may not seem like the ideal choice for a soccer player but Miller saw the opportunity to grow as a young footballer and he took it.

“The perception of soccer in the Bahamas is not taken all that seriously from a developmental standpoint, but the US has progressed in their development for passionate players,” said Miller. Flying to Belize in the middle of the semester to compete in a CONCACAF Nations League match isn’t the ideal excused absence that teachers receive at WPU. “I am grateful for the fact that I can travel to places I have never been before, all while showing off the thing I love doing the most, ” said Miller. Miller spent his youth years developing at the Dynamos FC Youth Academy in the Bahamas. He prefers the warm, tropical weather and loves himself some fruit, especially mangoes. He is constantly adjusting to temperature changes when traveling in and out of the North Carolina weather. In his free time, he enjoys making beats, talking about soccer and hanging out with friends. His competitive characteristics aren’t reflected in his composed attitude. But Richard Lopez, a fellow teammate on the WPU Men’s Soccer Team said, his attitude when he plays sets him apart. “Miller’s heart for the game of soccer always shows on the pitch, you can just see it in any tackle that he goes into,” said Richard Lopez. Whether it’s balancing school, wearing the captain’s armband, or traveling to home and back in the middle of the semester, Miller can handle it. Staying motivated and maintaining form is a challenge for top tier soccer players, but Miller pushes through. “I am someone who finds motivation from within, it’s just who I am,” said Miller. Miller plans on finishing his collegiate soccer career at Peace as he plans on graduating from WPU in 2020. He continues solidifying his position on the Senior Bahamian National Soccer Team and plans to stay involved with soccer. He believes in taking soccer in one step at a time and when asked about his future potential he responded: “There’s no end to what I can achieve as a player.”

Jonathan Miller out on the field. Photo courtesy of WPU Athletics

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