New Student IDs Allow Ease of Tap Transactions—But Losing One Will Cost You $20 more

Staff Writer: Jordyn Gaither

The cost of replacing a lost student ID just got a lot more
expensive for Wingate students.

As a result of the implementation of a new chip-card ID that will allow tap transactions this year, the price of getting a replacement card for any reason has increased from $5 to $25.

Wingate students and faculty have been issued new copies of the
formerly blue-striped campus ID card used to access meal plans, Bulldog Bucks and doors along with copiers and printers in the library. However, some students have complained of inconsistencies and no access to their Bulldog Bucks and meal plans after losing the first copy of their student IDs. This issue typically arises when students have misplaced their ID card or it has been stolen and they receive a new one from the Office of Residence Life. 

“If you are receiving a new ID and you find the old one, you
need to return the old one to the office—it is not functioning,” said
Delicia Brockington, a graduate assistant at Residence Life.
“There is no such thing as reactivating a previous ID. The new
system does not work like that. Because we are upgrading the system to
be more secure, anytime you get a new ID printed the other one is
immediately cut off, and that is across campus—Transact, in the dining
hall, in our doors—that it will not function.”

The sleek, new white ID cards are embedded with an electronic chip that gives them tap-transaction capabilities. Because of the chip, it’s important that students not punch any kind of hole in the card, as this will impact its effectiveness. Any damage done to the card will result in students needing to purchase a new one from the Residence Life office.

In previous years, a new ID card could be purchased for only $5, but that fee is now $25 and will be charged to a student’s account each time a new card is obtained. The large increase came as a result of the expense of the security system change and the improvements made to the card.

Despite the new ID cards going into full effect this month, officials say many faculty members and some students have still not picked theirs up. More than 100 on a table inside the lobby of Alumni Hall that houses the Office of Residence Life were still left unclaimed as of Sept. 23.

If a student has any questions regarding the new ID cards or any
issues related to living on campus, please visit the front desk of the Residence Life office or call 704-233-8245.

In Key Early-Season SAC Volleyball Showdown, Wingate Sweeps Top Rival Lenoir-Rhyne

Staff Writer: Cody Kelley

The No. 24-ranked Wingate volleyball team hosted conference rival Lenoir-Rhyne on Sep. 20, winning the match in commanding fashion. The Bulldogs handed the Bears their first South Atlantic Conference loss of the season, sweeping them in a 3-0 win at Cuddy Arena.

The team won each set by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-17. With the win, Wingate moved to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the SAC. Lenoir-Rhyne fell to 8-4 and 4-1 in league play with the loss.

“This was a really big win for us,” Wingate head coach Shelton Collier said. “We’re really happy and we’re really proud that we played well enough to get an important win tonight. We had a lot
of players step up and play well.”

Several Bulldogs players contributed to the win. Graduate-student outside hitter MollyLambillotte, senior outside hitter Emma Ahrens and junior Lorna Stacherski had 10 kills each. Shannon Kasprak, a graduate-student setter, tallied 36 assists, 16 digs, three kills, three blocks and two aces. Freshman middle blocker Emily Johnson also compiled six kills and six blocks.

The beginning of the match was certainly the most influential. After battling back and forth for the lead, Wingate called a timeout with Lenoir-Rhyne leading 16-15. Although this seemed insignificant at the time, it turned the tide for the rest of the match.

Once play resumed, the Bulldogs went on a 10-6 run to win the first set. Wingate never trailed the rest of the match. “Volleyball is a game of momentum,” Collier said. “So, once we got some momentum, then our team started playing better. We had to play all the way to the end because they have a lot of good
players. We have good players too, but so do they. So, we were happy that we had the momentum.”

“I think it’s an emotional battle as well,” Kasprak said. “After that first set, we weathered the storm of the emotional battle and then kept playing our game, staying together and playing for one another.”

As for the impact of this victory, it was a crucial game on several fronts. It was significant from a historical standpoint, as Wingate lost to Lenoir-Rhyne 3-1 in the Southeast Regional semifinals in 2021, ending its season. This game was vital to both teams in terms of standings. Both teams were tied for first in the Piedmont Division going into the game last night.

However, with the win, Wingate gained sole possession of the top spot. “If we would’ve lost at home to Lenoir-Rhyne, it would’ve been a costly loss,” Collier said. “So, for us to win, it’s gratifying but you also have to win on your home court. We have some work to do this weekend, but it was really good for us to play well this week so that we’re confident for the weekend.”

“I think our confidence is going to keep building because we’re going to keep grinding and pushing in practice and every other match this season,” Kasprak said.

Music From Movies and TV Shows Has a Bigger Impact on Us Than Many May Believe

Music Editor: Leah Hatherly

I’m a Music minor, so I really can’t escape music. Even before I added Music as my minor, I spent all of my time in the Batte Fine Arts Center, which is home to Wingate’s Music Department. It was a big part of my life prior to my time at Wingate, and being here has only elevated my love for music. There’s just something so beautiful about how music can communicate emotions that we sometimes can’t express with words.

Of course, music is a big part of most everyone’s life. I see so many people around campus with their AirPods in, whether it be walking around, in line at Chick-Fil-A or sitting in the dining hall. Part of what makes horror movies scary is the music. It’s utilized to build suspense. (Though, in my opinion, if you watch horror movies without the sound, they’re just as scary). That’s just the beginning of music. 

One of the things that I love about music is that it’s a way of conveying how you feel when you can’t really find the words. It’s a universal thing. Sure, some music has lyrics, but they don’t always explicitly state how the artist is feeling. It’s not always black and white. Of course some songs do state exactly how the artist is feeling (see “Happy” by Pharell Williams), but there are some that you have to look for a deeper meaning on (honestly, listen to most songs by Taylor Swift or Harry Styles). But it doesn’t get any better for me than listening to orchestral music. There are only instruments utilized and this music has the power to move people to tears or to make someone feel so much joy.

Music is utilized in so many ways. Think about one of your favorite TV shows. In Stranger Things, two of my favorite scenes are enhanced by music. One is the iconic scene of Max running to “Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush and Eddie absolutely shredding “Master of Puppets” by Metallica in the Upside Down. To be fair, the main part of those scenes are the music, but my point still stands. Part of the reason that Supernatural is one of my favorite shows is because of the amazing playlist I can make out of the songs they use. Check out Season Two, Episode 12 and go to the 39th minute.. That scene is, without doubt, one of the most iconic moments where music is used in a show. 

So, the next time you watch a movie or TV show, pay closer attention to the music. Think about how it adds to the ambiance of the show. I challenge you to think deeper about what music means to you. 

Relocated Einstein Bros. Bagels Returns to Smith Library After Summer Hiatus

Staff Writer: Brianna Weston

The recently moved and newly remodeled Einstein Bros. Bagels is reopening the week of Sept. 19-23 after a summer-long absence, much to the delight of students looking to add another dining option to a rotation that already includes Freshen’s, Chick-fil-a, Starbucks, Wild Blue, W.T. Harris Dining Hall and the Marketplace. After several months of construction, the caution tape was finally removed last week after the restaurant passed inspection and was given the go-ahead by the county. 

The new version of Einstein’s will be located at the rear of the Ethel K. Smith Library, with most of the seating options being outside. The former location in the lobby of Smith was constantly crowded with students waiting for their food in the midst of library-goers. The university decided to move the establishment outside of the library in hopes of clearing out the front lobby and making it easier for students to maneuver around. 

As the outside seating area is not covered by a roof, many are wondering about what bagel-buyers will do in extreme weather conditions. The inside area looks to have very limited space for customers to stand and wait. “I’m curious about where we can wait if it’s now outside,” Wingate senior Blake Jones said.

When it was inside the library, students and faculty had the option to wait inside and eat. Students found it convenient to pick up a quick coffee or bagel on their way to class, but some of their morning schedules were affected by its long closure.

In addition to the convenient location of the former site, students were able to use a meal exchange to dine there. 

“As of right now, I don’t eat breakfast in the morning given that Einstein’s was my go-to breakfast place, so it definitely has changed my routine,” Wingate senior Heather Morse said. Apart from W.T. Harris, most dining establishments on campus that accept Bulldog Bucks don’t open until 11 a.m.

Return of Faculty Recitals

Staff Writer: Darius Johnson

On Aug. 2, Dr. Jordan Wilson, Associate Professor of Voice, took the stage for the first faculty recital at Wingate since 2018. With the reduction of COVID-19 cases, life on campus has been slowly returning to normal. The Wingate Music Department began its transition by bringing back the recitals this academic year. 

Recitals are typically performed by Music Performance majors throughout the school year on their primary instrument of study. They are required to perform a 30-minute junior recital and a 50-minute senior recital to provide standard practice to perform. For years at Wingate, faculty members have been also showcasing their musical abilities simply because they love performing, but also because it is a part of their scholarship to be involved with a performing style of choice. Under the scholarship, faculty can give a recital, perform in operas, conduct an outside group, the list goes on. 

Dr. Jennifer Hough, Associate Professor of Music, said “I enjoy hearing songs that aren’t normally sung … like a piece that was performed in Danish. It’s an amazing experience!” Dr. Hough was the last faculty member to perform a recital in March 2020, just before the school shutdown due to COVID-19 precautions. There, Dr. Hough performed for a crowd that included her parents, husband and in-laws. This took place in McGee Theater at the George A. Batte Fine Arts Center on campus, where all recitals took place after Covid Quarantine. Now, all recitals are returning to the Recital Hall in the Batte Center.

It’s not only the faculty that enjoy these recitals. Leah Hatherly, a senior Communications major, said she enjoys faculty recitals because students don’t often see professors perform their crafts. She enjoys hearing them sing in different styles, ranges and languages. All Wingate students are strongly encouraged to attend these events to not only support their peers and teachers but also to discover different cultures of music.

Diggin’ Up Bones: Pageland freshman’s ‘Boney Trinkets’ Provide a Halloween Fashion Statement That’ll Leave Them Howling.

Staff Writer: Savannah Phillips, Triangle Features Editor

First year marketing major Hailey Brumett has a backyard full of bones at her family’s house in Pageland, South Carolina. Why? She makes animal bones into jewelry and is beginning to dabble in taxidermy. 

Hobbies can develop in many different ways, and Brumett’s did gradually. From the time she was little, Brumett enjoyed watching the tv show Bones– but that’s not all… She would often collect bugs and other nature items, and was intrigued by the stray bones her dog would bring up in the yard. 

Though her family was not taken aback by Brumett’s new hobby that emerged in September of 2021, she never can tell how outsiders of the Vulture Culture will react. “AWW that’s really cool and some people are just like ‘huh?’ and they’re confused,” Brumett said smiling. 

Coyote Skin

Brumett is desensitized to the process itself, which is listed below for further curiosity, but she finds it hard to skin the animals, remembering them full of life. “A big thing for me is not wasting anything,” she stressed. Brumett emphasized the importance of giving back to the earth. 

With each animal she finds, Brumett allows it to decompose naturally outside, letting the nutrients sink back into the soil. Coming back to collect the bones for jewelry making, Brumett cleans them as part of the process. For fresher finds, she skins them and uses the fur productively, and even eats the meat when safe. 

Always on the lookout for material, Brumett noted the ideal time to find remains. During the colder seasons, it is easier to spot bones under dead bushes with nothing to hide the remains. As springtime approaches, the peak reproduction season is in full swing, leaving many fresher remains to be found after young animals appear. “It’s the cycle of life,” Brumett said. 

Though Brumett doesn’t want this hobby to become her lifelong career endeavor, she sees herself doing it years from now. Already getting an insight into the marketing field, Brumett has her own Esty website called “BoneyTrinkets,” where she has been selling her jewelry creations from anywhere between $10- $20 since September of 2021. 

As for her status on her hobby now that she is at Wingate, it continues here! Brumett recalled that she found a “squirrel skull and bones in front of the Neu building underneath a bush,” and that it was the “weirdest place” she had ever found remains. Brumett caught a glimpse of the vertebrate and proceeded to take it with her to her dorm in Northeast. 

Working from behind a desk in her room, Burmett is determined to prove that there is indeed, life after death, making the most of what is meant to be forgotten.

Steps by: Hailey Brumett

★ Please remember to treat the animal with respect during all of these processes and remember that ethics and morals are a major part of the vulture culture community. 

★ The process of cleaning bones for jewelry, articulation, or a personal collection is a lengthy but rewarding process. 

1. The first step is either letting the body decompose naturally or skinning, gutting, etc. to get the bones. 

● If you choose the second option, please use as much of the body as you can: fur for gloves, taxidermy, etc. and meat for food or nutrients for the earth. 

2. After you have your bones, place them into a covered container of plain water and let them sit outside until all “gunk” has been removed. 

● Change your water when it looks like nothing else is happening, but leave some of the old water to continue the maceration. 

● Heat speeds up the process of maceration which is why you would leave them outside. If it is too cold, you can use a heating pad or set up a 

heating station. 

● Too much heat can make the bones brittle so please do not boil them or combine processes. The process of maceration can take a while, so you must be patient. 

3. After there is no evidence of further processing in maceration, you will want to move on to degreasing. Depending on the animal bones you are processing (size, type, etc.) you can use water and dawn dish soap or ammonia. The steps of degreasing are pretty similar to maceration. 

● Degrease the bones until all grease has been pulled from the bones and do water changes when the water becomes very cloudy. This step can take a while as well, however it usually doesn’t take as long as 


4. Once all grease has been pulled out and the bones are clean of gunk and smells you can move on to whitening. 

● The best method of whitening is soaking the bones in a 1:1 ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water. This step length usually depends on 

personal preference, however, do not leave the bones for too long or they will become flaky and brittle. 

● A smaller animal may only need a few hours while a larger animal may take a day or so. 

● Keep a close eye on your bones during this step. 

5. Once your bones are whitened to your liking, you can continue to make jewelry, articulate, or pop them onto your collection shelf! 

THE LIGHT BEHIND THEIR EYES: School of Business Dean Sergio Castello found a forever home in academia for himself—and his tennis racquet—at Wingate

By Savannah Phillips, Triangle Features Editor

Cover Photo Taken by Anesu Simango

Dr. Sergio Castello, Wingate University’s Dean of the Porter B. Byrum School of Business since 2020, came to the United States on a tennis scholarship at the age of 18 with $157, one suitcase, and two tennis rackets. A native of Barcelona, Spain, Castello did not speak English upon his arrival but continuously saw the United States as the land of opportunity. 

At an early age, Castello felt compelled to help people but didn’t know quite how. As he developed a passion for learning, his professors encouraged him to further his college education, giving him time to figure out the questions he had been asking himself. 

Reminiscing of a time in his undergraduate career, Castello explained that a professor had written, “I know you can do better,” on one of his papers. It was this act that made him wonder what he was capable of. “How hard are you going to try, and how many times?” Castello recalled saying to himself. 

Castello earned three degrees, with the first being a bachelor’s in business administration from Freed-Hardeman University in 1989. In 1991, he received his MBA from the University of Memphis and then obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University five years later. 

Castello soon felt inspired to educate people and ultimately help them choose their educational goals, putting him on the path to Wingate in 2016. “When the door opened, I walked through it,” said Castello, who added that he never really planned his professional life. 

Though he had worked at two previous institutions, Castello found Wingate to have the feeling of home, and he closely related to the university’s motto: “faith, knowledge, service.” Having been an international student and athlete, Castello was attracted to the programs that Wingate offered such students. 

He has found that being a dean is a rewarding experience, but he continues to teach economics courses at the university. “Make sure that the knowledge that you acquire, you use it to serve others and not just yourself,” said Castello. “The more you know, the less you know. You realize how much you don’t know.” 

Castello said he keeps three key terms, each of which keep him centered, in his mind for constant remembrance: “gratitude, humility and patience.” In a world that demands things instantly, Castello offers a different approach—to simply have faith

“Have faith that God will always lead you,” Castello said. “When the door opens, take the opportunity and go through the door.” 

Castello has paid it forward, putting back into the world what he has been given.

Wingate’s Lind Building Her Third D2 Field Hockey Program From Scratch

Staff Writer: Michael Wayne O’Neill

The Wingate field hockey program started its inaugural season with shutout losses on the road to Frostburg State and Indiana University of Pennsylvania Sept. 1-2, but the experience it took to get here started with inaugural head coach Kat Lind. 

Her experience with field hockey as a player and coach is nothing new. She previously started a program at Coker University in 2018. Three years later, she led the Cobras to their first-ever South Atlantic Conference Tournament championship.

Lind was on a campus with a similar Southern feel at Coker in Hartsville, S.C., and her plan is to bring the same vibe here that she left there.

Since her arrival in September of 2021, Lind has recruited 24 players for the program. Regardless of the opening-weekend losses, Lind is excited about starting her third field hockey program from scratch.

“Going into this year, I think the number one focus for the entire season is establishing a really strong culture,” Lind said. “When I came on campus, I felt how strong of a culture Wingate has and just the overall vibe of feeling how competitive all the athletic teams are and I knew that was probably the number one thing to focus on this year because it’s going to set us up for success for years.”

Lind was a four-year member of the field hockey program at American International College and also played lacrosse for one season at the Springfield, Mass., school. She had a coaching change going into her senior year, but it proved successful for her and her former teammates.

Beyond her graduation from American International, Lind landed her first coaching gig at Elmira College in 2011. It followed with stops at Newberry and Coker to start the D2 field hockey programs at those two South Carolina colleges.

Before the Bulldogs went up to Frostburg, they hosted Meredith College in an 11-on-11 scrimmage to “get nerves out, work on formations and see everything in practice come into play in a game-like situation.”

Senior Gianna Musicaro (#00) is one of Wingate’s most experienced players with knowledge of Field Hockey. She is the only senior on the team, striving to help the Bulldogs make history in their inaugural season.

Wingate has 19 freshmen, one sophomore, one junior and one senior on the 2022 team, goalkeeper Gianna Musicaro (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), who along with Belmont Abbey grad transfer Camrynn Aiello (Centereach, N.Y.), will serve as a captain. Musicaro is the only true upperclassman who had previously been a student at Wingate before this fall.

The Bulldogs will host Lind’s old school, Coker, on Sept. 10 at Graham Gill Field for their first home game in search of a first program win.

Lind can’t wait.

“Especially in our first year with everything being a historic moment, the thing I’m excited about is when we score the first goal in the history of Wingate field hockey,” Lind said. “That’s such a big, moving moment and I’ve seen it with our first win and everything. … Just knowing that I have a family at home, [these girls] are my second family. I’m really excited about all of them.”

Wingate Athlete Leads Outreach Program in South Carolina

Staff Writer: Savannah Phillips

Wingate University student Jaquan Edwards is making a difference in the lives of middle- and high-school boys by volunteering for the LEAD ME (Lead, Empower and Develop Me) Program in Johnston, South Carolina.

A motivator and a mentor, Edwards strives to encourage them to see the good in themselves.

“A lot of the time I remind them, ‘You are a prosperous person. When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself that. Remind yourself that. You are somebody and you have purpose,’” Edwards says.

A native of Johnston, Edwards loves the Edgefield County town, where nearly a quarter of the population lives in poverty, but also understands the importance of helping youth see a pathway toward larger opportunities. His goal is to give young men someone they can look up to.

“Jaquan grew up in this community, so it’s exciting to see him not just come back, but give back,” says Marcella Edwards, chief executive officer of the Edgefield County Youth Empowerment Center, which operates LEAD ME.

Edwards began volunteering in 2021, but this past summer, moved up to a leadership role, conducting seminars to teach boys valuable life skills, such as job efficacy, the importance of manners, and showing up on time.

Edwards describes a particular young man who started out feeling that he would not amount to much in life. Though it didn’t happen overnight, Edwards helped him develop a new mindset, encouraging him to have a dream and direction. Now, he’s volunteering for local churches and in his community.

Edwards says he loves seeing the kids grow and go through a metamorphosis of sorts. “Everyone has a unique story and journey – what I call ‘the walk,’” Edwards says. “Everyone wants to accomplish their dreams.”

By giving the young boys work opportunities and time dedicated to activities outside of school, the LEAD ME Program keeps them off of the streets and away from areas where youth violence is most common.

Program leaders say their main focus is to “feed and fellowship youth, rather than funeralize them.”

The program uses the “little brother system,” reminding both volunteer leaders and program participants that younger kids are looking up to them. Edwards says the system helps boys realize that they are no longer accountable only for themselves, but for someone else as well.

He recognizes that the LEAD ME participants are the future of his community.

“Helping the future of Johnston just means the world to me,” Edwards says. The 22-year-old earned his bachelor of science in psychology from Wingate in May and is now pursuing his master’s from Wingate’s Thayer School of Education online. It was a football scholarship that led him to Wingate, and he has made the most of his experience.

Named Wingate’s Athlete of the Week in November of last year, Edwards (#30) plays linebacker for the Bulldogs.

“Not only is he a hero on the field, but he’s also a hero to our local community,” Marcella Edwards says.

Edwards hopes to one day become a school-system administrator. It was his mother, a retired teacher of 37 years, who volunteered Edwards for the LEAD ME Program initially, knowing that he had a heart for helping people.

“Real meaning in life never comes from what you get; it comes from what you give,” Marcella Edwards says. “Motivating our youth is not an easy task. But, it takes a team – a community to do so. And, Jaquan is part of the team!”

Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country Teams Looking to Repeat as SAC Champions

Staff Writer: Michael O’Neill

WINGATE, N.C. – The Wingate University men’s and women’s cross-country teams are striving to repeat as South Atlantic Conference champions for the first time in program history. Their goals to compete and overcome obstacles together have been helpful for head coach Pol Domenech’s approach to the sport.

The men’s team fared well in the Fall of 2021 after placing first in four meets: The Bulldog Stampede, the Pre-National Meet, the SAC Championship Meet, and the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet. The women’s team also placed first in three meets.

According to a preseason poll by the conference, the men’s team were picked to win the conference again after a productive season and sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division-II national championship meet.

Domenech is entering his second year as the head coach of the cross-country programs, but he is confident that their offseason production is translating to continued success on the pathway. He has the combination of being a player’s coach and having expectations for a championship-caliber program.

“(Cross Country) is a lot more like proper fitness that is a personal win,” Domenech said. “Just got to make sure we’re doing the right things in training and getting the girls and guys ready for when it matters. I think we have just as good as a team as last year, so definitely the goal is to accomplish that to win both championships.”

According to Domenech, the strength of the men’s team is their depth and depends on the ten guys starting in each regular season meet. Some players returning to anchor the men’s team include junior Bastian Mrochen (Liebenau, Germany), sophomore Scott Nutter (Blencogo, U.K.), and graduate student Oliver Way (London, U.K.) – who were honored by the conference as Runners to Watch for 2022.

Mrochen helped the Bulldogs with an individual gold-medal victory at the 2021 Bulldog Stampede with a time of 25:34.6 in the 8K race. He also earned All-South Atlantic Conference and Region honors after performing elite at the post-season events. Domenech looks forward to working with him on his team leadership.

Wingate Men’s Cross-Country Team

On the women’s team, Wingate returns a sophomore All-American runner from Molina de Segura (Gemma Rebollo), who placed eighth in the outdoor national championship meet in New Orleans in June. The Bulldogs also return two seniors: Tatjana Mense (Bremen, Germany) and Meg Rapley (Wickford, U.K.).

Some promising rookies may become program contributors in the next four years, including freshman Isaac Mendoza (El Paso, Texas) for the men’s team and transfer student Tamica Jooste (Cape Town, South Africa) for the women’s team.

While the players already know how to set team times and school records on the pathway, Domenech’s focus is on getting the minds of his racers “ready to suffer for thirty minutes.” He also has aspirations for the programs to win the regional and national championships.

“It has tolls, and it plays a big role,” Domenech said. “If your mind is not ready to put your body to the limit for a long amount of time, we’re going to lose. I want to do pre and post to make sure we race one race and move forward to the next one. … It’s getting brains prepared to do what they’re capable of doing.”

The Bulldogs will kick off the 2022 season at the Catawba Fleet Fleet Invitational at Salisbury, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 3.