QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s your family’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

The COM 220 News Writing class is out asking a final Question of the Week for the semester. How are you going to spend your Thanksgiving break? Enjoy the holiday, everyone!


Dr. Jason Joyner, assistant professor of mathematics, told class members Jackson Kaplan and Delaney Smith that his family stands in a circle and each member says something they’re thankful for. He enjoys eating a big Thanksgiving dinner and just being with his whole family;


Dr. Ben Sammons, assistant professor of English, is originally from Savannah, Ga., but spends the holiday with family in South Carolina. His favorite Thanksgiving tradition is the green bean casserole that’s always served at the meal.

This student’s Thanksgiving includes a musical tradition.


Isaiah Cornelius, left, and Grant Logan are senior music education majors. Isaiah says his family’s favorite tradition is going over to his grandmother’s house to eat a big dinner. Grant says his family’s Thanksgiving always includes “Grandma always forgetting to make the gravy for Thanksgiving lunch.” .

Sophomore Austin Pittsley‘s Thanksgiving also sounds like a familiar one:


Wingate Graduate rallies for Republican Campaigns

Election Coverage 2016

Tyler Smith, Staff Writer


With the first female major party candidate ever paired with Donald Trump acting exactly as Donald Trump always has, the 2016 election was certainly interesting to watch unfold. However for one former Wingate student, it was his first, albeit fulfilling, taste of a hopefully long career in politics.

Wingate University class of 2015 alum Zach Almond graduated last December with a Degree in Communications with a Public Relations focus, hoping to find work in a political sector. Less than a year later he found himself contributing to three election campaigns in one of the most polarizing election years to date.

“It has been very hectic, over the summer I ran a Congressional campaign, and during this cycle I have ran two campaigns, served as political director for another and done extensive work with the College Republican National Committee,” Zach said. “Next week I am already back at work the College Republican National Committee in San Diego at the Fall Meeting.”

This year Zach served as political director for Buck Newton, the Republican Senator running for the Attorney General’s office, as well as the grassroots consultant for Jeff Carpenter’s bid for Union County Superior Court Justice, and was a general consultant for Union County Commission hopeful Frank Aikmus. Newton’s opponent Josh Stein declared victory last week, however it was the tightest race for Attorney General in state history, where a Republican has never been elected to the office.

Not only was Zach involved in numerous republican campaigns in North Carolina, he also contributed to the Trump campaign on a statewide level, and even met President-elect Donald Trump numerous times prior to one of the most shocking electoral outcomes in presidential history.

“I have met Donald Trump many times, several times before this year – he is an incredible person. I have met both Lara and Ivanka and sat near the entire family over the summer on the convention floor in Cleveland. The entire family are very nice, genuine, hard working people,” Zach said. “If you would of asked me a year ago if Donald would be president I would say absolutely not, but I think at this point he is what our country needs, he’s not polished, but he can get the job done.”

Some recent college grads work in dead end jobs for a year or so before they find out what it is they truly want to do. In Zach’s case, he found his niche well before graduation and began compiling a resume that now lists seven different political campaigns under work experience dating as early as his freshman year at Wingate.

When asked if he had any advice for Wingate students, Zach provided an example in the next President of the United states.

“Hard work pays off even when your plan doesn’t seem to come together,” Zach said. “Always Always Always work hard, and don’t let up even when the odds are against you ( case in point Donald Trump).”

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Wingate’s Past President Update

Jerry McGee tells student what he has been up to

Rachael Renee Robinson, Staff Writer

WINGATE- Dr. Jerry McGee, after twenty-three years of service to Wingate University, has once again found himself in a presidential role. Dr. McGee is currently serving as Interim President of South Piedmont Community College and will continue to hold this position until December. Dr. McGee agreed to take the position after the resignation of their president to allow for adequate time to find a new leader for the university.

Since leaving Wingate in May 2015, Dr. McGee has done quite a bit of traveling with his free time. He and his wife, Marcella, have travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Russia and have even enjoyed a river cruise across Europe. Dr. McGee has also spent time with his sons and their respective families.

Dr. McGee says he misses Wingate University “every second of every day.” He misses the energy of working with students and spending time with his Wingate University colleagues and friends. Dr. McGee admits that it still feels strange to not come to Wingate University everyday, but he is grateful to Dr. Brown for keeping him engaged with the University in several meaningful capacities. “I continue to admire the fine work of WU and feel very grateful to have spent so many years there.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter


Election 2016: Hilltop Republican Election Party

Election Coverage

Gabe Kromah, Staff Writer

Hilltop Restaurant held a Republican Election Night Party on Tuesday, November 8 The candidates and locals gathered here together to watch the elections but on multiple levels. 

It was on this night that Republican, Donald Trump defeated Democrat, Hillary Clinton for the Presidential seat in a shocking win. This win came as a surprise for multiple people including Republicans as most were not expecting some of the sing states to agree with the Republican candidate.

Candidates Jeffery Carpenter and Robert Palmer were running against each other for a seat on Superior Court. Jeffery Carpenter seen at Hilltop was the Republican running for North Carolina Superior Court 6th Division, District Judge.

Judge Carpenter who had 56.47% in with a total of 48,749 votes compares to his competition Robert Palmer who got a total of 43.53% of the votes with a total of 37,575 overall. This major point difference helped to make Judge Carpenter the new 6th division District Judge in North Carolina.

Judge Carpenter said he got into politics when he, “got a call from a friend, who started attending a local county meeting for the republican party,” This is where he met a lot of good people and he stayed active in the party. 

If you checked the attendance Carpenter was part of only a few who had perfect attendance for the whole 2 years. “my dedication opened many new doors”.

Bryson Taylor who has been working with  Judge Carpenter on his campaign promotion said “this election is really big for Union County” He said that this job is nothing short of a sacrifice, “the seat last 8 years long, so this is an 8 year job that his is running for and it’s not a job that needs to be taken lightly.”

In Bryson’s opinion, “The opponent Robert Palmer is unqualified he has never tried a trial law case in Union County, so to put someone like that in Jeff seat, where he’s been appointed by govern Pat McCrory and been doing his job for 4 to 5 months now, should make it easier for people to vote for him”.

Robert Palmer shared his opinion on the outcome of the election, “politics is not what I desire to do long term, my desire in life is to become a judge. Politics unfortunately, was the process that one must go through in order to obtain an elected position. Since I lost the judge seat in district 6, to Jeff I’m very disappointed but I have to understand that the people made their decision”.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Election 2016: Wingate Reactions

Sharing opinions on Election Night

Cierra Smith and Jenna Turner, Staff Writer


This past Tuesday, November 8, 2016 marked election night for the presidency and other federal and local positions. Across the nation, tensions were running high and as the campaign season came to a halt, you could visibly see the divide between the different political parties.

The angst many Wingate residents and students had surrounding this one, pivotal night, was at an all-time high as well and as we covered the campus, you could easily see how anxious everyone was.

From starting off at the Wingate Community Center and getting voters reactions, to attending the election watch party in the DPC and gauging how students were feeling, we were able to get a wide variety of opinions and views on the election.

Chief Judge Jeff Gerber said that the turnout was almost double that of a general election. This year had a tremendous about of Wingate Students come out to vote. There was only one problem. Any student that came in on Election Day with a change of address form was still not allowed to vote.

Gerber said “the easiest way to vote is to vote early so that you know you are able to vote and know that your vote will get counted.” He also said he was surprised and happy to see more young people voting.

Election Official Laura Walker talked about the different jobs that she has to do. She helps set up at 5:30 am. Throughout the day, there is a whole process for when handicap citizen shows up; they don’t have to even get out of the car. At the end of the day, she takes the ballots to the Board of Elections.

This was her third election: to presidential and one early voting. Walker said “early voting was the busiest. I didn’t expect it.”

When talking to students about their opinions, Elias Everitt said “my heart hurts.” Most students only came to the watch party for the free food or for extra credit. Casey King’s reaction to being asked her opinion was “Just, No.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Water-Repelling Coating Made by Wingate Student

Fun with Science

Oystein Fjeldberg, Staff Writer

As part of his internship with United Protective Technologies, senior Sam Efird of Wingate University has developed a superhydrophobic coating that can be easily applied onto a surface in order to make it perfectly water-repelling.

For a little over a year, chemistry business major Sam Efird has worked as an intern at United Protective Technologies (UPT). UPT is a research and development company that specializes in thin layer coatings, and has helped the United States military solve several costly issues.

Before he started his internship, the company had already developed a superhydrophobic (water-repelling) coating called FAFS. The coating is based on the lotus leaf, a plant that has inspired scientists for decades to mimic its curiously water-repelling properties.

It is also self-repairing; if any damage is afflicted to the coating, it will repair itself through a chemical process known as osmosis (local fluctuations in the chemical concentration of the coating are smoothed out as chemicals move to eliminate the deviations).

As part of his internship, Sam was challenged to modify the coating in order to see if it could be improved in any way. He worked on this on his own and was free to do whatever he believed was best in order for the research to succeed. The experience was undoubtedly very different to what he had been exposed to as a student.

“You do a lot of research with a lot of trial and error, until you find out what works,” Sam said of the process. “It’s very different from the labs we do as part of a class, where you’re told ‘Here’s an experiment, here’s what to do’, and then you do it, whereas in an internship you’re told ‘here is what we got, figure out how to get it to work’. The boss doesn’t tell you what to do, he just tells you what to accomplish.”

Through independent research Sam successfully developed another superhydrophobic coating, given the acronym CAFS. This coating differs from the FAFS coating mainly in that it is safe for food contact, which opens up new possibilities for the applications of the water-repelling coating.

The product will be sold as a liquid mixture; the superhydrophobic chemicals that will make up the coating float around in liquids that evaporate in room temperature. This mixture can then be sprayed onto the surface that is to be coated, and once the liquids evaporate, the surface is left with only the hydrophobic chemicals, which form the coating.

The coating has wide-ranging applications, and companies in various sectors have contacted UPT about the product.

“One of them wished to put it on the surface of their boats so that they resist biofouling,” Sam said. Since the water-repelling coating would minimize the amount of direct contact between ocean water and the surface of the boats, it would also reduce drag and thus preserve fuel.

A multinational household product corporation has shown interest in using the coating for the containers of their detergents and fabric softeners. By applying the coating on the inside of the containers nothing would stick to the surface, and retrieving all of the cleaning product from the container would be as simple as letting it pour out from the opening. Consumers would then easily be able to use all of the cleaning product that they paid for.

Sam believes that, if everything goes right, the coating could get into the market in about half a year to one year from now.

Going forward, Sam and the company will attempt to refine their formula so that the coating becomes more transparent. This would give the product even more possibilities.

“It could give us windows that never get wet, fog, or ice over, and there would be no need for windshield wipers in cars,” Sam said.

As an undergraduate student approaching the conclusion of his studies, the internship has provided Sam with valuable experience.

“The best thing about the internship,” he said, “is the actual stuff that I created.”

Sam will complete his undergraduate degree this spring, and he is hopeful that his internship will be expanded into a full-time position following graduation.

Winston Churchill’s granddaughter remembers the good ‘ol days with students

Churchill’s granddaughter shares memories with students

Celestia Rene Randolph, Staff Writer

The Dynamic Words of a Bulldog “An acorn cannot grow in the shadow on an oak. Celia Sandy’s proves otherwise”, said North Carolina Senator Craig Horne, as he introduces the distinguished speaker: successful author, entrepreneur, and member of the Churchill society, the granddaughter of one of the century’s most influential leaders.

She claims the stage, and the audience’s rapt attention, in a hot pink pant suit, immediately exercising her hereditary quit wit. “How appropriate that the ‘Great British Bulldog’s’ grandchild should make an appearance at Wingate University.”

Winston Churchill was built like a bulldog and proved time and time again he had the breed’s characteristic tenacity, but it was the power of his scholarship, his words, that made him great.

“His words were more powerful than any weapon”, Celia stated, introducing the theme of the evening. As the world progressed, and the history he was apart of became little more than textbook history, Winston Churchill’s influence was forgotten.

His leadership and words of wisdom were remembered again after the tragic events of 9/11 shocked the world. George W. Bush and other world figures referred to Churchill’s strength and wisdom.

“The same principles that saw the world through the 40’s remains applicable to the 2,000’s” Sandy’s said. She expressed her grandfather’s belief that a leader uses his words to encourage and strengthen others.

“It was said Adolf Hitler could convince you he could do anything, but that Churchill could convince you that you could do anything.” she stated. As prime minister of Great Britain through WWII, and the horrific Blitz raids that came with it, Churchill often referred to the four values he esteemed the most and deemed critical to the conduct of any leader.

“Courage, integrity, vision, and (sense of) community”, Celia said, were those four values. Of them, he regarded courage as the most important, “for moral, rather than physical courage, requires integrity, the integrity. His life exemplified courage and honesty in all he did.

Sandy’s explained how his physically audacious words and deeds, illustrated in many of his most well known speeches, such as his “We will defend our island whatever the cost may be…we will never surrender.” speech, inspired the best in his people.

His candor, which had often alienated others in power from him in the past, later earned him the faith of his people as they carried on through their nation’s darkest hours. “He did not distort the truth. He always told the bad news as well as the good.”

Community was formed from the unification of his two primary ideals. Before concluding her speech, Sandy’s spoke of how her grandfather remained a strong public figure long into his twilight years, using his popularity to speak the truth even when his authority as prime minister was no longer there.

“He was still the most famous figure in the world.” she said, when he warned the United States of the rising Soviet Powers and the possibility of a Cold War. This message, as his warnings to the UK of Hitler’s impending invasions had been, was ignored.

His words were met by the influential leaders of North America and Europe with incredulity and agitation, but when they proved accurate, his convicting words steeled the free world for the rise of Communism that came soon after.

Celia Sandys recalled the times she spent “with the grandfather the whole world wanted.” She spoke of their adventures around the world, traveling from the United States to Mediterranean beaches, and with a decided twinkle in her eye, praised the works of art he created.

One of which, he gifted to the president. Years later it found a home in the mansion of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. “I do hope they haven’t torn it in half.” she said laughingly. His love of nature manifested itself in the creation of his many masterpieces.

The thousand words the educated speaker could not summon to describe his love of the scenic destinations he visited, he recorded in the form of his paintings.

Edited by: Sara Gunter