Bulldogs beat Newberry and rise to No.14 in National Rankings

Harrison Taylor, Staff Writer

Wingate– Wingate University’s football team won their eighth game of the season this Saturday in a sweeping 44-20 win against Newberry College. The win propelled the  team to No. 14 in the AFCA/NCAA Division II Coaches’ top 25 poll, making it the fourth consecutive week that Wingate was ranked in the AFCA poll.

The Bulldogs (8-0, 5-0 SAC) dominated early in the first quarter, earning a quick 21-0 lead against Newberry. This came at the help of receiver/return specialist BJ Muckelvene, who scored three touchdowns during the game, including a South Atlantic Conference-leading punt return of 85 yards.

Later in the second half, senior running back Lawrence Pittman set a school record with his 39th touchdown of his career. Pittman rushed 26 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Pittman and senior linebacker Zack Singleton, who scored a touchdown from an interception early in the first quarter, both received AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week honors on Monday.

With the win, Wingate clinches a share of the SAC Championship. The Bulldogs host Limestone at 6 p.m. Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium for Homecoming.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo Credit: Wingate Athletics

Pictured: Zach Singleton #2, he returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Robbie Wallace #10

Lyceum Requirement Changes Cause Confusion, Relief for Many Students

Savanna Harris, Staff Writer

When the word “Lyceum” is mentioned around the Wingate University campus, one would immediately think of a program put into place to enrich students and to broaden their educational experience. It offers students the opportunity to attend for lectures, performances, etc. that they might otherwise not be able to attend.

Even though Lyceums are a graduation requirement, they are not viewed as a burden. In fact, the majority of students get excited when an interesting Lyceum is announced.

Until this year, students were required to attend 40 Lyceums in order to complete the conditions for graduation. At the start of the 2017 school year, however, the requirement was dropped to 24.

Incoming freshmen shared an overall feeling of reprieve in learning this new information, seeing that it made college seem a little less overwhelming. Upperclassmen on the other hand, met the change with a different reaction.

Since they came to Wingate under the 40 Lyceum requirement, it wasn’t clear if the change applied to them too. Dr. Christy Carter, Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Lyceum Committee, was able to offer some insight.

As it turns out, the change in the number of required Lyceums applies to EVERYONE, including upperclassman who were enrolled under the original requirement.

The main cause for the change was an overall accommodation issue. With the incoming freshmen class, along with the whole student body, increasing every year, there simply wasn’t enough large areas to seat and host the events in.

Another large factor, Dr. Carter said, was intentionality, and wanting the Lyceum experience to be meaningful and enjoyable rather than oppressive. Commuter and nontraditional students and their unique situations were taken into consideration, as well. “We want students to chose Lyceums they feel they’ll actually get something out of instead of just checking off boxes for a graduation requirement.”

The change was made under the impression that students will be able to get the same benefits from going to 24 Lyceums as they could from going to 40. And thankfully, the changes seem to be a success. “So far, all of the feedback I’ve gotten from students has been good. Some faculty didn’t want the change, but there were enough who did want it for it to happen.”

For now, however, this is the only major change that is being made to the program anytime soon. The categories will remain the same, as well as attendance policies. If any other changes are made soon, they will be mainly for refinement purposes. “I think the Lyceum program should be reevaluated regularly and adapted to current situations on campus,” Dr. Carter said, “so the program will be as beneficial as possible to all who are involved.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Who’s going to win the World Series?

The News Editing class is getting responses to this question from Wingate students this afternoon. After last night’s game the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are tied at one win each.



“I know the Astros are definitely going to win. Statistically speaking, it’s time.” — Zac Ezzell, sophomore, Accounting major

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“I’ve never really been a huge baseball fan, but I usually pull for the underdogs. In this world series between the Astros and Dodgers, I’m hoping that the Astros win because this is only their second time being to a world series.” –Ayanna Witherspoon, sophomore, Human Services major


“I say the Astros (will win). They seem like a great team, who click together as a group. The Dodgers were a little arrogant coming in.” – Robbie Thomas; Junior Math Major



“I think the Dodgers are going to win they seem good this year.” -Stephen Fisenne, Public Relations Senior



“I think the Dodgers are going to win. They have a stocked team. I enjoy it when Clayton Kershaw is pitching the game.”  -Jaleen Miller, Management Sophomore


“The Astros, they have a higher power offense than the Dodgers do.  The Dodgers have them beat in pitching, but all they really have on offense is Yasiel, Puig, and Turner” – Bruce Booreman, Senior Music Education



“I think the Dodgers are going to win the World Series.  They have home-field advantage for the series, the best pitcher in the majors with Clayton Kershaw, and a strong offense to help them score runs.”  – Stephen Potter, Senior CCR major

Review: New album from Indie pop and folk artists Angus and Julia Stone

Aleah Cady, Staff Writer

Snow is the fourth album released by singer-songwriter siblings Angus and Julia Stone. The album was completely written and recorded in Angus Stone’s home over a six month period, a new creation process for the siblings.

The atmosphere was a relaxed environment for the duo to write, and many of the songs were created while playing around on instruments or coming up with simple four-chord melodies.

The first single, sharing a name with the album title, Snow, is a calm-feeling song, using a drum machine and a few strums on an acoustic guitar to create a simple, stereotypical “indie” sound.

Over simple instrumentals, both siblings provide vocals for the song, which has a whimsical type of vibe, but stays true to the duo’s older music. Overall, in my opinion, while Snow is not one of their best songs of their discography, it is a great song from the album.

Other songs I personally enjoyed were Cellar Door, Make It Out Alive, and My House Your House. I would have liked to hear more singing from Julia in the album.

In a lot of songs, she provided “ah” and “oh”s for the bridges or choruses, but because she has a voice that compliments her brother’s so nicely, I would have liked to hear more from her.

The album has received mixed reviews since its release in late September. Personally, out of 5, I would give this album a 3.5 rating.

It’s a good album, but with a bit more ‘push’, it could be a great album. As I mentioned, I would have liked to hear stronger vocals from Julia, and maybe a bit more variation in some of the melodies of the songs.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Cover image from Angus and Julia Stone website

Lyceum preps students for successful interviews

Joanna King, Staff Writer

Going into an interview is all about having a great pair of shoes according to a panel of experts, with 130 years of combined knowledge, who hosted a Lyceum at Wingate University on Monday night.

“You can ruin a good business outfit with shoes that aren’t appropriate,” said panel member Steve Poston, the vice president and athletic director of Wingate University. “If you look like you have been out in the field plowing in the shoes you wear, it will ruin the outfit.”

Poston was one of the five-panel members to in the Lyceum discussion that allowed attending students a glimpse of why what you wear matters when it comes to getting a job. Each individual agreed that it takes only three things to make a good first impression: a nice suit for men, a professional blazer for women and a great pair of shoes are all it takes to make a good first impression.

“Somebody once told me to remember to interview for the job you want, not the job you have,” said Poston.

“It is very important to set yourself apart when making your first impression,” said Lynette Kennedy, a retail business woman for over 20 years. Tahira Stalberte, the assistant superintendent for Union County Public Schools, added onto Kennedy’s statement.

“Even though standing apart is important, make sure you yourself are not a distraction from the interview.”

All five experts agreed a candidate’s interview attire profoundly impacts the employer’s assessment of his qualifications. Kennedy said the employer may even judge a candidate’s character on what he looks like when he walks through the door to an interview.

“They really put an emphasis on first impressions,” Said Sierra Street, a sophomore at Wingate University. “It is very important to remain clean-cut and professional while still standing out enough to make that first impression last.”

Edited by Andrew Elliott and Malik Bledsoe



Alpha Xi Delta Pancakes for a Cause

Natalie Kilgore, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority raised $244 from the pancake fundraiser it hosted for its philanthropy, Autism Speaks, on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sophomore and member of Alpha Xi Delta Kerrigan Laney said that 100 percent of the money the sorority raised from the fundraiser goes to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the autistic community. It also works to provide solutions and better treatments for people with autism. Autism refers to a spectrum of disorders typically characterized by difficulty communicating and interacting with others.

“One in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism, so being able to give all of the money back to the charity is so rewarding,” Laney said.

To place an order, students texted one of two phone numbers. Members of Alpha Xi Delta made the pancakes in their apartments and then delivered them across campus. “Some girls make the pancakes, some deliver them to students and others write facts about autism on the plates,” she said. “It is a wonderful bonding experience for us.”

Laney said the fundraisers are one of her favorite aspects of the sorority. She hopes that raising awareness through her chapter for Autism Speaks helps put one more piece of the autism puzzle in place. “Knowing that I help raise money for a great charity while being with my sisters is the greatest feeling,” she said.

“I look forward to the pancake fundraiser and our other events every year because I get to bond with my sisters and interact with other students on campus,” Laney said.

She thinks that it’s always awesome whenever the sorority gets to put on events to raise money for its charity because it gets more of the students on campus involved with Greek life, whether they are a part of Greek life or not. She said that seeing so many students supporting Alpha Xi Delta’s charity brings her so much joy. “It is an easy way to raise money for Autism Speaks, and I enjoy doing it with some of my best friends,” she explains.  

When Laney gets involved with all of the chapter’s events, she feels more thankful about joining a great sorority.“The more you help raise money for wonderful charities like Autism Speaks, the more special it makes you feel,” she said.

The pancake fundraiser is a little kick-start to the chapter’s year of fundraising.Alpha Xi Delta hosts the pancake fundraiser every year along with a sand volleyball tournament, a flag football tournament, a barbecue event, a walk and many other small fundraisers to benefit Autism Speaks. They will also be participating in the Autism Speaks walk in Charlotte on Oct. 28, which is it is the biggest event for Alpha Xi Delta.

Edited By: Ryan Mackintosh and Rachael Robinson

Local ministry prepares community for threat of war

Gabriela Cabrera, Staff Writer


The threat of war with North Korea is becoming increasingly real and a local thrift store in Monroe, NC is starting preparations to help the community by gathering clothing and farming materials needed if panic should arise.

Crystal Oliver, manager of Good Steward Ministries (GSM), sat down with her six employees at their monthly meeting, held Wednesday, Oct. 4, to discuss the possibility of North Korea invading U.S. soil and how they should plan.

“War seems almost inevitable and we want to be prepared,” she said. “We want the community to know that if something were to happen they can rely on Good Steward to help provide clothing and equipment needed to survive.”

Run mostly off of donated goods, the store is well-known for helping locals by offering an assortment of clothing, houseware items, books and shoes for an affordable price. Oliver wants to go one step further by making sure their supplies will last for the rush of people who may panic if North Korea invades the U.S.

Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump have exchanged heated words, causing worry in the U.S. that a war may break out. President Trump tweeted last weekend that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate” with Kim Jong-un.

The employees listened carefully to Oliver’s plan of slowly setting aside clothes in their storage rooms. GSM’s mission is to have clothing and farming material ready to be provided when other stores run out.

Oliver said that she knows that many people don’t want second-hand things, but when the time around she believes people will accept it.

“I think it’s great that Good Steward wants to look out for the community,” Raphaela Moore said. “We are family.”

This mindset in some of the employees sparked conversations and game plans for preparation.

Other employees, however, were more skeptical.

“There is no reason to prepare,” said employee Patrick Love. “America is completely equipped to stop any attack before it reaches our home.”

While the employees may be split on whether a war with North Korea may happen, they are still working together to prepare GSM for helping the community.

 Edited By: Cierra Smith and Harrison Taylor