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The Weekly Triangle

Friday September 27, 2019

Vol. 87, Issue 1

Print is back! Ashley Garcia

Wingate University’s newspaper, The Weekly Triangle, has been around campus for a century, and has gone through many changes throughout the years. It has had many names and publication changes since it began in 1918. The first paper was entitled The Flashlight. It focused on the events that were happening around Wingate High School and the Wingate community. In 1987, the newspaper became The Weekly Triangle, the official newspaper for Wingate University. In 2013, The Weekly Triangle moved to an online format allowing students to access the stories in a faster way. The website also gave people that didn’t attend the university the opportunity to read what was going on and learn

about any future events. At that point, the paper was no longer in print. Last spring, six years since the paper ceased print publication, the previous editor-in-chief, Rachael Robinson, decided she wanted to bring the paper back to print because she realized that it would allow student writers to have a physical copy of their work. The first print issue was published in March 2019, and it was dedicated to the late Dr. Keith Cannon, the highly-respected communications department chair, professor, and faculty advisor for The Weekly Triangle. Robinson released another print edition of The Weekly Triangle at the end of April. This year, The Weekly Triangle staff has decided to continue the print version of the paper

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with a twice-a-month publication schedule. It will also continue to be published online and will contain some stories that do not appear in the print version. Students will be able to find the paper in the Ethel K. Smith Library, the Neu Building, and other locations around campus.

If you pick up a paper, feel free to take it with you. But instead of throwing it away once read, place it in a different location so that other students are able to read it. And if you are interested in writing or taking pictures for The Weekly Triangle, contact us at

Central Park Five member visits Wingate Quinn McGhee

This summer a Netflix series entitled “When They See US” aired which sparked a conversation about wrongly imprisoned people. This story centered around five young boys: Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Raymond Santana Jr., Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam. To most people, this story is known as “The Central Park Five” or the “Exonerated Five”. Even still, some people have never heard of this case before the Netflix series aired. These five boys were arrested in Central Park for the rape and assault of a jogger named Trish Meili. Their confession was

coerced by the use of force and abuse. The five young boys served seven years in prison while they were teenagers for a crime they did not commit. Detectives had no evidence linking the boys to the crime, except for being in Central Park on the night of April 19, 1989. Later Matias Reyes confessed to the crime and had matching DNA evidence. The five were later exonerated and received a $41 million settlement. On September 16, 2019, Wingate had the honor of hosting Kevin Richardson to speak at a Lyceum.

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Richardson told his story to the students of Wingate and allowed students and visitors to ask questions. `Many students said they were “inspired and felt his resilience through his words.” “I was honored to hear him speak about his case and the things that he went through, and the fact that I got to ask him a

question about something that I am passionate about was amazing.” said Kelly Williamson. Today, Richardson works with the Innocence Projects to help exonerate wrongfully accused people. He mainly focuses on providing information and being a shoulder to lean on for the wrongfully convicted because he has been in their shoes before.

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Freshman adapts to new living situations Sophia Blake

There are many things that can intimidate a freshman when moving away from home and beginning a new chapter on your own at school. Some things include navigating to classes, what to get involved in or meeting new people. However, one of the biggest changes when moving to school is your living situation. Students may feel nervous going from their own space and not having to share anything, to having to share your room, space, bathroom, etc. Nhygel Hollmond, a freshman at Wingate University, expresses how he has adapted to living in a dorm room whom he shares with someone he had never met before attending Wingate.

“It was kind of awkward at first because I didn’t know him, but after talking to him we became friends like the first day,” Hollmond states. Hollmond lives in a freshman dorm building called “Helms.” It is an older residential buildings at Wingate and not the most radiant of them all, but Hollmond says “it will do.” Hollmond went from living at home and having his own room and bathroom to now sharing both of those things. In Helms, the dorm is set up like a suite. There are four rooms within one pod and one bathroom. Eight people share a bathroom that contains two showers and two toilets. Hollmond says this has been the biggest thing he has had to adapt to. “To go from not sharing anything at home, I now have to share a

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room with one other person and a bathroom with eight! It has been a struggle, but I am starting to get used to it,” said Hollmond. Creating a schedule is one way that Hollmond and his fellow suitemates have made sharing two showers work. As far as the toilets go, Hollmond says, “you never know when you have to

go, so we can’t really make a schedule for that.” Hollmond really enjoys Wingate and has nothing to complain about... “other than the bright green walls in his room,” he jokingly expressed. He has adapted well with being a freshman, and is excited for his new journey at Wingate University.

Wingate volleyball sweeps Catawba and Queens Jared Overstreet

Wingate University’s Volleyball team is off to another tremendous start this season. The #25 ranked Bulldogs are 10-0 for the fourth year in a row after sweeping Queens and Catawba over the weekend. After beating Queens, the Bulldogs became the only team without a conference loss, standing 9-0 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Standout players against Queens were Sophie Schaff, who lead the bulldogs with 15 kills and five blocks, Maggie Young who hit .538 for the night,

Molly Lambillotte who led the team with 15 digs, and Shannon Kasprak who dished out 23 assists. After such a dominant performance against Queens, the Bulldogs were ready to take on Catawba to improve their perfect record. The Bulldogs had a more challenging game against Catawba, including a thrilling second set that ended with a score of 33-32. Overall it was a close game, but the Bulldogs put it into another gear at the end of each set to sweep Catawba. Anne Abernathy led the way for the Bulldogs with a hitting percentage

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of .438 and15 kills. Rachel Alles barely missed out on a triple double nine kills, 24 assists, 14 digs while adding five blocks. The Bulldogs will play UNC Pembroke at 2:30 p.m. and

The Weekly Triangle Staff EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Ashley Garcia

SPORTS EDITOR: Donny Chairel

NEWS EDITOR: Michael Paulus


OPINION EDITOR: Estefania Risso Osorio


Belmont Abbey at 7 p.m. They also have a busy upcoming weekend as they host Lincoln Methodist University Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. and Carson Newman Saturday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

STAFF WRITERS: Antwanez Barnett Sophia Blake Y’Mani Blanford Jarren Cottingham Jared Overstreet Hunter Pearson Ian Reetz Gabriel Serafim Laura Thompson Lauren Traufler

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Listen to Laura & Lauren

Bulldogs defeat conference foe 30-28 in home opener Antwanez Barnett

On September 21, the #19-ranked Wingate football team faced Carson-Newman in a game that was one for the books. From the opening kickoff, energy was at an all time high at Irwin Belk Stadium for the first home opener of the season. Carson-Newman tested the highly ranked Bulldogs in a physical back and forth matchup. Carson-Newman’s opening drive resulted in a touchdown on a deep pass from senior quarterback, Derrick Evans, against a tough Wingate defense. The Bulldogs defense was in for a rough night. “At the beginning of the game, it got to a point where you thought nobody was playing against Carson Newman,” said Bulldogs defensive coordinator Rashaan Jordan. The Bulldogs offense began

to help their defense by scoring 27 points as the fourth quarter arrived. The Wingate fan base remained hype as the intense game went on. Wingate’s offense helped set up junior kicker, Mclean Robertson, for the go-ahead 43-yard-field goal. “I had know doubt in my mind we were going to score,” said wide receivers coach Nate Poole. The 30-28 victory over Carson-Newman wasn't the main thought after the game speaking with head coach Joe Reich. “I always believe in my team because of the work we put in throughout the week, we will celebrate tonight and focus on getting healthy tomorrow thats a big priority right now,” said Reich. With the Bulldogs getting their first conference win, it came

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with a cost of numerous player injuries. Starting running-back Nijere Peoples did not play because of a fractured shoulder, starting receiver Jalen Brooks is questionable with fractured thumb going forward, and starting receiver BJ Muckelvene is day-to-day. However, Reich loved the drive and effort that his team demonstrated stating, “I’m proud of this group as I've been over any game of my career.”

Women’s soccer back on track Jarren Cottingham

The Wingate Bulldogs Women’s Soccer team has been on a roll ever since losing their season opener on September 11. The Bulldogs have improved their play over the past two weeks and their record reflects that. Wingate kicked off their season at home with a loss to the Concord University Mountain Lions. They have since regrouped and have recorded three straight victories against Lander, Coker, and Anderson. The Bulldogs last three wins have all been shutouts and their stellar play has boosted the overall confidence of the team. In their win against Lander, sophomores Caroline Peters and Alicia Rubio Garcia both registered one goal apiece, handing the Bearcats their first loss of the season. In the Bulldogs next contest against Coker, sophomore preseason All-SAC honoree McKenna DeLong scored a pair of goals in a victory against the Cobras in the South Atlantic Conference opener. This game marked the first multi-goal game for DeLong as well as the eighth straight victory for the Bulldogs against the Coker Cobras in

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Hartsville, SC. Wingate’s most recent victory came against Anderson University on September 21 in a shutout in which three different Bulldogs scored. Taylor Krakower, Caroline Peters, and Chandler Hendrix all scored a goal apiece to lift the Bulldogs to their third consecutive win. While also giving Interim Head Coach Jack Vandum his first home victory with the program. Interim head coach Jack Vandum was assigned to the position after the departure of former head coach, Chip Wiggins following last

season. Vandum has served as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Wingate since 2013. Current players have spoken highly about their new coach. “I love Jack. He wants the best for all of us. He doesn’t get mad if we try new things and is always open to our ideas,” junior Kristen Debiase said. “The environment is completely different and much more positive,” Debiase added. Wingate will continue their season with an upcoming matchup against Chowon in Murfreesboro, NC on September 25.

Hello Bulldogs! We are Lauren and Laura and we are here to answer your questions. We are both Communication Studies seniors, preparing to graduate in May of 2020. As seniors, we have life around campus pretty much figured out and are able to help answer any and all questions you may have as a Wingate Bulldog. But first, we want to introduce ourselves! Lauren is an Athletic Communication Assistant, McGee Center Facility Supervisor, and the Membership Vice President of Alpha Xi Delta. She transferred to Wingate as a sophomore in 2017 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., her hometown. She loves animals, especially dogs, almost as much as she loves sports, especially football. Lauren enjoys spending her time with her sorority sisters, watching her favorite football teams, shopping, and spending time with her dogs, Belle and Roo. Laura started at Wingate in Fall 2015, is a Sister of Chi Omega, and serves as their Member Educator. She works for Wingate University Marketing and Communication as a content creator, Residence Life and Involvement as a graphic designer, and is on the University Honor Council. In her free time, you can find Laura in Starbucks doing homework, shopping at TJ Maxx, or chilling with her cat, Arnie. For the next edition, we want to answer your questions! Send them to triangle@wingate. edu for some advice and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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Men’s soccer kicks the tie with two wins Gabriel Serafim

The Wingate University Bulldogs played to a 2-2 draw against Nova Southeastern Sharks in NCAA Division II men's soccer action at Pride Park. Wingate begins the season 2-0-1, while the Sharks moves to 2-1-1 overall. The Bulldogs were able to score in the first 22 minutes. Senior Stewart Hendry went down the left side of the field and while a Sharks defender attempted to cut across him. Another Sharks defender anticipated and ended up kicking against his own goal. Each team scored two goals in the first half. The Wingate Bulldogs started to dominate the match and cornered Nova Southeastern Sharks in their defense field in the second half. At 62 minutes, Hendry received the ball from freshman

Paul Ngongo on the right then ripped it into the back left corner of the goal, setting Bulldogs fans on fire. Seven minutes later the Sharks would answer back with a penalty kick goal. With some substitutions in place, Sharks advanced even more and nearly tied the game with a header, which was defended by the keeper. 34 minutes into the second half, Bulldogs keeper, freshman Jens Bergendorff, hesitated in a take away then a Sharks striker took the ball and scored. The Bulldogs were in danger again when a Sharks player slipped free from the right side of the area and struck Bergendorff for a great save. The Bulldogs did not take long to respond with a shot from

Petition started for change in meal plan prices

Estefania Risso Osorio

Jahsai Fisher, a junior Wingate student who advocates for optional meal plans, started a petition where he hopes that more Wingate students will participate and contribute towards a change. The majority of the student body thinks that the meal plan that every student is required to pay for (if they are a residential student) is too expensive and that there should be more meal plan options available. Fisher hopes that this petition serves as “another outlet for our voices to be heard.” Wingate students are already talking about this petition on the Wingate student Facebook pages. Chloe Ward, a sophomore student who signed the petition, said, “Wingate should separate housing from the meal plan and give students their money back,” due to recent sanitation incidents at the cafeteria and not having enough food options because of ongoing

construction. Fisher’s goal is to have 1,200 signatures. So far, he has collected about 300 of them. Fisher has received positive support from students and even professors. “Hopefully this petition becomes big enough that everyone is talking about it in some form or fashion,” said Fisher. After he collects the signatures, he hopes to give the petition to Mick Reynolds, Dean of Campus Life, or hand results to the current SGA President, Diareth Flores. Students that have participated hope that this petition will get to important faculty members and there will soon be a change in meal plans and prices. If you wish to make a change, you can always find Fisher in Starbucks on campus working as a barista or serving as an RA in Watson Village. For further information about the petition and signatures, email

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senior Elliot Cutts after the pass of junior Mattia Ditommaso and spread by the visitor’s keeper. Wingate still lost two great chances in the second frame, the first with Cutts, who beat the defender and was in the face of a keeper, who knocked the ball out. The second great chance came after disarming the Sharks. Ngongo was left free in front of the goal, but tried to pass instead of

shooting. The Bulldogs failed to turn the game around in the final moments, but heard applause from the crowd at the end. Wingate was back in action Wednesday, September 18, traveling to Coker to open the conference with a 3-2 win and returned home Saturday, September 21, hosting and defeating Anderson with a 2-1 victory.

Growth Lyceum: “Shot of Reality” recap Y’Mani Blanford

Recently, the Lyceum entitled a “Shot of Reality” was presented to a full house. The aim of this growth Lyceum was to inform the audience about the dangers of drinking, and the necessary precautions while being under the influence of alcohol. Two actors ran the show and facilitated the discussion. They provided scenarios on what to do if a friend becomes intoxicated and also what to do if the students themselves were to become intoxicated. JeNai Davis, the assistant director of Lyceums, hopes the event gave students something to think about. “This Lyceum has been a tradition for years now at Wingate. It’s one of those events where you just hope that afterwards the audience takes at least one thing away from the presentation and this year you could tell that was a success,” said Davis. Want to know more?

The act itself has a website,, that has further information on the show and the topics presented. If you ever feel unsafe contact your RA. Counseling services are available, and you can contact them via email at counseling@wingate. edu. As always if ever in the case of an emergency, call 911.

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The Weekly Triangle Issue. 87, Vol. 1  

This is the first issue for the 2019-2020 school year at Wingate University

The Weekly Triangle Issue. 87, Vol. 1  

This is the first issue for the 2019-2020 school year at Wingate University