Wingate falls to Lenoir-Rhyne 31-24 at home after furious second-half rally comes up short

Brendan Shriver, Staff Writer

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears jumped out to a 31-7 lead in the third quarter, then withstood a furious rally from Wingate to hang on for a 31-24 victory. The Bears improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the SAC, while the Bulldogs fall to 2-2 overall and 0-2 in league play.

“We’ve got a lot of fight, we’ve got good players, we just have to execute more consistently. There were plays throughout the game, in the first half in particular, that we just set ourselves back. You could feel the momentum change on the sideline in the third quarter and we just started executing better,” Wingate Head Football Coach Joe Reich says.

Some streaks were snapped for the Bulldogs. It’s the first time that Wingate has lost at Irwin Belk Stadium at night. The loss was also Wingate’s first to Lenoir-Rhyne in four years.

Wingate outgained LR 378-353 on the night, although most of those yards came during the rally. “Offensively, we’ve got to get it going early on and not wait to until the second half to get things started. But I love the fight, I love the energy, I love this group of guys. They’re high character guys and in the locker I just want to tell them, I love that fight, keep that up, let’s just execute consistently and we’ll be all right,” Reich says.

There were two key plays in the closing moments of the game when Wingate was trying to tie the game. The first play was a goal-line stand by the Bears on the one yard line. Had Wingate scored and kicked the extra point, the game would have been tied and could have gone to overtime or the Bulldogs could have had a chance to win it outright.

The other critical play was an interception by Wingate with three minutes left. This came just after the Bulldogs had recovered a fumble shortly after the goal line stand. Wingate got the ball back for one final shot at the tie and overtime, but couldn’t capitalize.

JT Stokes and Shaw Crocker led offensively for the Bulldogs. Stokes had seven catches for a career-high 186 yards and two touchdowns while Crocker completed 14-of-27 passes for a career-high 288 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score.

“With JT it’s about the execution, but it’s also the leadership on the field as well. It’s the things you don’t see, the rallying the troops, it’s his presence out there. He’s a great leader,” Reich says.

Defensively, Cardell Rawlings had a huge game to lead Wingate. Rawlings piled up 14 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two QB hurries. Rawlings has 11.5 TFLs and 8.0 sacks on the year.

“There’s nobody more passionate. We talk about having a fierce desire, and that encapsulates Cardell Rawlings, just a fierce desire to win, a fierce desire to be the best and a fierce desire to prepare. It’s all emotion and intensity and passion, that’s who he is as a person, so it was good to see him have another big game,” Reich says.

Wingate is at home again next week, hosting Florida Tech at 3:00 p.m.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Lyceums Series Hosted in Library Until the End of October

By: Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is hosting a Lyceum series by the name of WU Start, that all students can attend.

“Whether you are new to college and want to make sure you have a sharp set of tools for your academic success OR If your original plan is not going the way that you intended, you can still use these resources to get the assistance you need and set a new course,”said Ms. Wharton, Director of the ARC and Student Success.

“WU Start is the second version of this Academic Series sponsored by the Academic Resource Center. Last Spring, we created WU Turn and had 50 students at every single event. The idea for both these events is similar. Using the scales of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) first developed at the University of Texas at Austin, these events are intended to strengthen the academic skill set of the attendees.”

LASSI was developed by Dr. Claire Ellen Weinstein, Dr. David R. Palmer, and Dr. Taylor W. Acee of the University of Texas at Austin.

Ms. Wharton explained, “there are 10 LASSI scales: Attitude, Motivation, Time Management, Anxiety, Concentration, Information Processing, Selecting Main Ideas, Using Academic Resources, and Self Testing.”

Using these scales, multiple departments of Wingate University worked together to create a series that built upon these different concepts to provide an interactive workshop full of resources and support for students.

WU Start events are split into eight events throughout September and October each starting at 4 p.m. in the AV room in the Ethel K. Smith Library. With Week 1 and Week 2 in the books, Week 3 is up next on Sept. 26 with the topic of ‘stress, anxiety, and homesickness’ with Dr. Terese Lund of the Psychology Department.

Week 4 is on Oct. 3 with representatives from the CVICS office speaking about the topic of ‘Do what you love and love what you do’.

Week 5 is on Oct. 10 with Dr. Patrick Young of the Psychology Department speaking about ‘Motivation, concentration, and resilience ’.

Week 6 is on Oct. 24 with Mrs. Amee Odom, Director of the Ethel K.Smith Library and Mr. Kevin Winchester, Director of the Writing Center in the ARC.

Week 7 is on Oct. 24 with Mrs. Cari King, Assistant Director of the ARC/ Tutoring and Academic Instruction, and Mr. Kevin Winchester.

Week 8 rounds out WU Start with Dr. Annette Digby, Dean of Education, and the School of Education.

“I’m proud of this series,” said Ms. Wharton, “the individuals leading each session are talented professional educators who make these topics understandable and relatable to each student. There is so much support available to Wingate students.”

Edited By: Rachael Robinson

International Student Spotlight – Faith Mahone

Photos Provided By Faith Mahone

By: Celestia Randolph, Staff Writer

The Office of International Affairs celebrates the idea of preparing students for a diverse world by introducing students to foreign cultures. One of the ways the office realizes this ambition for Wingate students, international and American, alike, is through the International Student program.

This semester alone, Wingate is hosting over one hundred international students across three campuses. These students come from forty-three different countries. Seventy-three percent of these international students are athletes, but what draws the other twenty-six percent of international students to Wingate University?

Faith Mhone transferred to Wingate to pursue a degree in nursing, she is a Student Government Association senator. Drawn to the Carolinas by a sense of adventure, and her desire for the life-changing experience of studying in an unfamiliar environment and culture, Faith stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a plane out of Malawi, Africa.

Determined to cultivate a sense of independence and confidence, Faith has an inspiring history as an involved member of whichever student body she is a part of. After excelling in the nationwide examinations given to all collegiate hopefuls of her country, Faith began her collegiate career in the States at Central Piedmont Community College.

Early on, she struggled to overcome the protective shell the monotony of driving to the CPCC campus from her host family’s home, attending courses, and heading straight to work in the International Affairs office created. It was her protection against the culture shock, but also kept her from making the most of her experience.

Realizing how much she was missing, Faith quickly became a member of the student council, eventually becoming president of the International Student Association.

After two years at the community college, the time came to decide where she would complete her education. She looked at many local schools, both public and private. None of them provided scholarships for international students.

Wingate, however, did offer a significant scholarship to international students, and it was also conveniently located. Because it was near enough to her host home, she could commute to school without having to pay residential costs.

Her advice to other international students would be to get involved with campus groups and to take advantage of resources provided by the University. “You never know the impact you will have!” she said. She also encourages other international students to never underestimate the influence their voices can have.

Edited By: Rachael Robinson

Student Videographer Brings Wingate Student-Athletes into Spotlight

By: Jared Overstreet, Staff Writer 

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Photo Credit:  Bailey Goforth

Wingate University’s athletic program has grown rapidly over the past few years.  Wingate University’s athletic videographer, Julian Irigoyen, helps make sure that the sports teams are getting the attention they deserve.

“My job is to create video content that promotes Wingate Athletics”, said Irigoyen, who leads a team with two other videographers, who are current and former athletes of Wingate University.   

Being a student-athlete himself — a cross country runner — Irigoyen goes above and beyond to create videos for the students at Wingate. Whenever Irigoyen has time in between class, practice, and studying, he edits and records video content.

Irigoyen, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif., explains having an inspiration to work makes a job feel less like a job.  “I have always enjoyed creating videos and I was inspired when it was recognizable that Wingate University was lacking video content displaying the level of athleticism at a Division II program.”

Ever since he came up with the idea, all the sports team at Wingate have been given more spotlight.  Social Media websites like Twitter and Instagram are very popular around the world and Irigoyen’s videos are perfect for that.  His footage gets uploaded constantly to social media accounts for Wingate Athletics and the views are only increasing.

“Being able to do what I love while getting to watch every team on campus is my favorite part of the job.”

Edited By: Rachael Robinson

Cheerleaders Raise Funds for National Competiton

By: Addison Mixson, Staff Writer

As the Wingate University’s Cheerleaders focus on cheering on their Bulldogs during this year’s football and basketball seasons, they are working just as hard to fundraise for their trip to the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in the Spring.

The NCA national competition that they attend is an excellent experience for the girls on the team.  Mary Keener, a sophomore on the team explains, “I’m really excited to go to Nationals because it’s a great experience for our team and promotes the name of our school to other universities and people across the country who also participate in the event.”

Before school started, the team had already begun a T-shirt fundraiser. They have also recently started hosting concessions for all of this season’s Carolina Panthers home football games, along with additional events like soccer games, ACC Championship, Bowl Games and Playoff Games, with the opportunity to earn a portion of their sales.

Mia Fowler, a junior cheerleader, and head of the fundraiser says each person that comes to help with the concessions has the ability to earn money from tips. Fowler is excited to show her dedication to the team, making sure that the team will benefit.

Coach Kelly Sheppard describes the team’s efforts, “Our team works very hard to raise money each year! Now that we are participating in the NCA College Nationals competition, we are working hard to raise more than ever. In addition to working at the Bank of America Stadium events, we will also host our annual Mini-Bulldog Cheer Camp in February. This is an event that we look forward to each year–there is nothing better than sharing our passion with young children and then watching them perform all that they have learned!”

Ciarrah Brown, a freshman cheerleader, describes the journey ahead, “It will be challenging, but the ends justify the means. It will be all worth it when we’re having fun at nationals.”

Edited By: Rachael Robinson

Student Advice to Freshmen

 By: Sarah Everhart, Staff Writer

Freshman year is a new and exciting time, but can also be a very confusing time for a lot of students. The first year of college is one of the most stressful, life-changing years of a student’s life. Many people choose their major, participate in clubs, greek life, or other organizations and find their life-long friends during this time.

One thing that most, if not all, freshmen have in common is that they could benefit from some advice at this point in the year.

Senior, Regan Huneycutt, suggests“to push yourself and reach for things you never thought you could accomplish,” over the next four years. Reflecting on her college years, she says, “It’s an amazing feeling to look back as you are about to graduate on all the things you never imagined you could do and look forward to the bright future you have ahead of you because of all you have done.”

One very imperative thing to do while in college is to get involved and to make friends and memories.

Emily Holbrook, a senior at Wingate reflects, “I am so thankful for everything this university has given me- I would not be who I am today if it wasn’t for Wingate. If I could stand in front of the freshmen today and give them advice I would tell them to get involved and to not take what the university has to offer for granted.”

Emily is a sister of Alpha Xi Delta on campus, and she strongly advocates for the importance of getting involved in something on campus.

Academics are also a crucial part of the college experience, and managing a heavy workload can be one of the hardest parts of freshman year.

Junior, Alyssa Nelson says, “Don’t procrastinate, keep up with your work, take time for yourself, and be open to change.”

Forming a good work ethic and a good study schedule that is easy to stick to is a good thing for a freshman to do.

“Some of the most important advice I can give is to go to class, keep up with all of the work, ask questions and go to office hours,” says sophomore, Jacob Baker.

Keeping up with classes makes it very attainable to make good grades.

College is such an exciting time in all of our lives, and it is important to make the most of it while it lasts because it flies by too fast. So, focus on your schoolwork, but do not forget to get out there and make friends and life-long memories.

Edited by: Rachael Robinson

School of Sports Sciences professor to participate in service project in Nepal for two weeks

Brendan Shriver, News Writer

Dr. Brandy Clemmer, a School of Sports Sciences professor and the head of the school’s Leadership Academy, will be leaving the United States next week to participate in a service project in Nepal with the organization Wine to Water for two weeks.

This project is nothing new to Dr. Clemmer. As head of the Leadership Academy, she and a selected group of Sport Management majors have engaged in service projects at places like Victory Junction, School of Life in Gary, WV and many other local community service projects.

On a Saturday morning In April 2015, an earthquake devastated the country of Nepal. Wine to Water was able to respond quickly to this natural disaster by having a team on the ground within a few days to help provide clean water to tens of thousands of people. With all that has been accomplished, the work is far from over.

“In Nepal, I will have the rare opportunity to learn about redevelopment, experience water projects first-hand, such as digging wells, constructing rainwater harvesting systems, making bio-sand filters, and performing monitoring and evaluation procedures on some of these projects,” Dr. Clemmer says.

Dr. Clemmer was introduced to the organization when the book Wine to Water was a campus-wide read in 2013. By reading the book, she developed an immense interest in the organization and was also able to hear the author of the book and the founder of the organization, Doc Hendley, speak on campus.

Dr. Clemmer decided to volunteer with the organization in helping out with the Global Water Crisis. The organization gives volunteers the choice to serve in the Amazon region (Peru, Colombia or Brazil), the Dominican Republic or Nepal.

Dr. Clemmer said that her original proposal was to travel to the Amazon region but due to the lack of projects in the area, the organization had to cancel the trip. She then said that she was then given the option to provide the same service in Nepal. With that, she applied and received a Wings Grant from Wingate in the spring of 2018 to go on the trip.

“I am looking forward to immersing myself in a different culture and observe the different leadership styles present in a crisis situation,” Dr. Clemmer says.

Leadership Academy students will not join her on the trip. Dr. Clemmer leaves on the 26th and won’t return until Oct. 12.

Edited by Brendan Shriver