I Live With Roaches on Purpose

Staff Writer: Emily Werner

Listen, I know what the title of this article tells you about me: I am out of my mind. And maybe you’re right, but I live with roaches on purpose, and they’ve only enriched my life.

Maybe this will soothe your soul. The roaches are kept in a plastic tub with a top, which is kept inside a glass terrarium with a door that locks. And I don’t have them, just to have them. I have them because I have 2 very hungry lizards. One is a two-year-old veiled chameleon whose government name is Herb Ertlinger (It’s a Schitt’s Creek reference) but I call him Herb or Herbie for short. The other is a six-month-old pictus* gecko named Flick.


Herb, Veiled Chameleon

Veiled chameleons and pictus geckos really only eat bugs. In the wild they might have a bite of a plant but the domesticated/captive breds will refuse it every time. So, because they eat bugs, I need to have bugs.


Flick, Pictus Gecko

Most people with reptiles opt for crickets as a staple food. This is because crickets are widely available in pet stores, and therefore are fairly convenient. I currently use them as a staple since the roaches take a while to breed, but they’re a hassle. In order for your lizard to get any nutrition, the crickets have to be gut loaded (fed lots of healthy food).  Since pet stores don’t do this for you, you have to do it yourself. They can also carry diseases that quickly spread to other crickets and end up wiping all of them out. If they feel overcrowded, they will fix it themselves – by eating one another. 

Crickets chirp loudly at night, they have a tendency to bite, are very sensitive and will die extremely fast if not taken care of daily. Worst of all – they reek. The only thing I can equate the smell to is a dead fish that has been left in 100º weather for a week. It’s putrid and they know it! Every couple of days, the cricket carrier has to be cleaned or they’ll die from their own wretchedness. It is no treat. Not just because they stink, but because they jump which makes it easier to escape. They’re fast and very hard to catch. 

Dubia roaches, on the other hand, are the complete opposite. They can’t jump, they’re silent, do not need daily care, are incredibly durable, don’t bite, and they do not stink. Dubia roaches are more nutritious as well. They’re higher in protein, fiber, and necessary fats. Yes, you have to order them online as pet stores almost never sell them, but they come gut loaded and ready to be fed to your reptile. They typically cost around $7 for a 25 count. As crickets are around $5 for 50, roaches are a little bit more expensive, especially for college students. The cheapest option is to buy a couple sets of adults and breed them, so that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s incredibly easy and not as gross as I thought it’d be and I’m an avid hater of bugs. I’ve always said that the only good thing about winter is that all the bugs are either dead or hibernating.

The little colony I have is made up of about 10 adult dubia roaches. I want nothing to do with them, and they want nothing to do with me. All I have to do is spray some water in their container, toss in a sliced orange, provide a heat lamp, and leave them alone most days. Once in a while, I’ll open the container to a lovely surprise – 30(ish) baby roaches, some of which can be fed to Flick right away, some that need a little more time to grow for Herb to enjoy them. They have had three clutches in as many months, and I’m hoping to get to the point where I don’t have to purchase bugs at all. 

Ok, saying the roaches have only enriched my life is a lie. The adults still scare me.  Some people own them just as pets which is a huge red flag to any sane person. But Herbie and Flick are my little angels and for them I’ll keep breeding dubia roaches. However, I don’t think I’ll ever stop screaming when the big ones touch me. 

*Note: Pictus geckos have multiple names: ocelot gecko, panther gecko, Madagascar ground gecko, etc. The scientific name is paroedura pictus, if you are interested.


Staff Writer: Savannah Phillips

Loss. I know this is a rather morbid topic to begin my column with this semester. But it weighs so heavily on me, because just before classes started, I lost my cousin in a car accident. I was reminded of these emotions, and I thought, how relatable it may be for most of you.

 Loss is something that we will all experience at some point in our lives… But we cannot let loss define us. Even when it seems as though a huge chunk is missing and everything in the world is wrong without that one person. It’s funny how a single person can take up so much room in our heart, in our world.

Personally, I’ve experienced great losses in my life- so many loved ones who have passed on. At the time, it’s hard to get out of bed, put on a smile, and face the day. It’s hard to miss someone so much, and the only way you can see them is by countless pictures- memories.

It’s a difficult thing to talk through, to heal from. In times like these is when you will discover your strength. We grow from pain, as difficult as it is to believe. It’s important to remember that pain does not have to be carried alone. It’s a heavy weight to bear. Talk to that friend. Cry when the tears sting your eyes. Lean on someone. And remember that it’s okay to not be okay. Take it one day at a time. Sometimes the things that we do not like to talk about are the very things that we need to talk about. 

Do not feel embarrassed or ashamed about asking for help. Wingate has a Counseling Center right here on campus in the Holbrook building. Utilize the resources that are available if you need someone to talk to. They are there Monday-Friday (9 a.m- 5 p.m).  

Things happen so suddenly. We need to take advantage of the time we are given here. It’s good to look to tomorrow, but try to live each day like it’s your last. And know that your life matters.

-Savannah Phillips

RSO on Standby Due to Rising Omicron Numbers

Staff Writer: Alexandria Sessions

The once quiet campus becomes noisy with the buzz of students coming back to Wingate for the spring semester. However, their plans are cut short temporarily due to the increasing numbers of positive COVID cases in North Carolina.

“While it’s not ideal, it’s more important for students to still have that aspect of social interaction that comes with clubs, even if it’s over a Zoom format,” said Amanda Alling, Wingate’s Assistant Director of Campus Involvement. “For precautions, of course everyone needs to follow all university protocols and do their best to remain safe and healthy.”

  It is important that Registered  Student Organizations (RSO)  are prepared to give students entertainment and take precautions when planning their events, whether it be in-person or on zoom. “Masks are still going to be required and we will still be allowing people to join virtually if they are sick or are uncomfortable with in-person learning but still want to be a part of BSU,” Iyanna Salters, President of Black Student Union said.

A lot rides on these RSO’s when it comes to providing students with an exciting semester for incoming students and returning students. For those students who are involved in sororities and fraternities, the rules are still the same according to College Panhellenic Council President (CPC), Abbi Vail.

“From my knowledge a lot of the organizations are doing a hybrid schedule where they do some in-person and some online. It depends on what the meetings and events are.” Vail said, “So for CPC we will host in-person meetings for our executive board and the panhellenic delegates in the Student Organization suite and we are able to spread and practice social distancing.” 

Alling wants to see all organizations thrive during these contagious times. In order to ensure safe but fun events, the Chi Omega Alumna has some suggestions for the RSO’s to get the most out of this semester with Omicron looming over.

“They need to be ready for any direction the campus goes, so knowing what is needed to do is a top priority,” Alling said. “Another suggestion is to remain communicative with your club members; we are all going through this pandemic together, and students have shown amazing grace and understanding when plans have changed unexpectedly.”

February 1st marks the beginning of in-person classes, in-person events, and Black History Month. The Black Student Union is ready for it because “February is a huge month for our organization and we have a few events planned out that we are truly excited to see on campus,” Salters said.

Alling cautions that while students are anticipating the in-person events coming up in February, we do not want to forget that we are still in a pandemic, “Overall, the most important thing to everyone is the health and safety of students. This is our priority and it helps inform our every decision in Involvement,” Alling said. “As always, we encourage students to share their own perspectives and reach out to any of our staff if they ever need anything.” 

Interested in the upcoming events and for the rest of the semester? Take a look at the Involvement app, CORQ. This app has all of Wingate’s events listed for faculty, staff, and students to view. Sports games, RSO events, and lyceums can be seen here. Want more of an inside look at the RSO’s? Follow the Instagram page @wustudentorg for event updates for RSO’s, Greek Life, and involvement events.

A College Student’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

Staff Writer: Madelyn Cherry

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and couples are getting excited to go out and celebrate. From flowers and teddy bears to diamond earrings, Valentine’s Day is one of the economy’s favorite holidays. Worldwide, people scramble to find the perfect gift for their significant other to make Valentine’s Day special. 

According to the National Retail Federation, over $27 billion is expected to be spent in celebration of the day of love. Young lovebirds are more likely to go out on a date and purchase extravagant gifts. It is predicted that approximately 60% of people between the ages 25-34 will contribute to the holiday and each US American will spend an average of $162. 

As college students, this may not be realistic to spend as much money with the small budget we may have. There are many affordable dates and gift options that will still make the perfect day for your valentine regardless of one’s financial situation. 

One can never go wrong with the classic dinner date. Around the Charlotte area, there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from to fit every price range. Couples also have other options such as ice skating. There is a skating rink located in Indian Trail, NC named the Extreme Ice Center. Bowling dates are always a fun and unique option for Valentine’s Day that can not go wrong on a budget. Around the Monroe area, there are a handful of bowling alleys such as Fox’s Alley Bowling, Bar, & Grill, or AMF Bowling in Charlotte.

Now for the least expensive and most casual date idea available… a movie marathon. It can be fun to keep this Valentine’s Day casual this year with the rampant covid-19 cases impacting the ability to go out too much. A movie marathon can be dressed up with take-out, candles, flowers, and a good romance movie.

For gift ideas, flowers are always a great and timeless idea. Who doesn’t love to receive flowers? Most drug stores also offer well-priced gifts for your valentine. They have teddy bears, chocolates, and all sorts of on-theme items. Candles and lotions are loved by all as they are perfect gifts for just about any occasion. Click here to see a CNET story about 17 affordable gifts for men and women under $50.

Valentine’s Day can be done well no matter what the budget is. And remember, if she says “Don’t get me anything for Valentine’s Day” it was a test you better get her something!

Six Comedies to Watch if You Are Missing (or sick of) The Office

Staff Writer: Emily Werner

The combination of winter temperatures and COVID make it incredibly difficult to go out and do things. For the past two years, we’ve been confined to our homes, many of us having nothing else to do but schoolwork or watch TV. 

Before NBC took it to their own streaming service last year, The Office was a favorite show to many people, including Wingate students. Yes, I am acknowledging the guys who walk around in Dunder Mifflin shirts and have “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” in their social media bios. I feel your pain. NBC also snagged Parks and Recreation, which is my personal favorite. Like you, I need something to fill the void that NBC created.

I know that Netflix and Hulu are hard to search through, there are just so many bad options (ahem, Emily In Paris) that the good options are far and few between. This article will save you all the trouble and provide you with six of the best comedy series, three from Netflix, three from Hulu.

If workplace comedies are your thing, Abbott Elementary and 30 Rock are great choices. Both shows are on Hulu, but 30 Rock is also on Netflix. Abbott Elementary follows a group of teachers who work in an underprivileged public elementary school. Creator Quinta Brunson (most commonly known for her work in Buzzfeed Violet’s youtube videos) plays Janine, a bright-eyed new teacher who only wants to make things better for the kids. The lack of school funding, disheartened attitudes of her fellow teachers, and her “never give up” personality gets her into some funny situations. 

30 Rock is a show within a show – centered around the inner workings of a live sketch comedy show (based on Saturday Night Live) called “The Girly Show”, which quickly changes to “TGS with Tracy Jordan”. 30 Rock was created by SNL alumna, Tina Fey, who plays the lead role of  “TGS” showrunner, Liz Lemon. 30 Rock follows Liz as she deals with the buffoonery of the writers, the new NBC executive, and the actors on her show. This show is full of satire, constantly making fun of the absurdity of life.

Within the comedy genre is a subgenre, dark comedy (sometimes known as traumedy). Traumedies take life’s hardest experiences and find a way to make them laughable. The absolute best traumedies are Dead to Me (Netflix) and Killing Eve (Hulu). Dead to Me is about a woman named Jen Harding (played by Christina Applegate from the Anchorman movies, and, upsettingly, played Brittany in an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie), whose husband dies as a result of a hit and run. There is no real evidence as to who the culprit is, but Jen is determined to find her husband’s murderer. 

Jen joins a grief support group and meets Judy Hale (Linda Cardellini, Velma in the Scooby-Doo movies from the early 2000’s), a free spirit who is Jen’s complete opposite. They become unlikely friends, even going as far as being roommates. Then the secrets start to come out. This show will make you laugh, cry, scream – the three main emotions. 

Killing Eve stars Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jodie Comer (The Last Duel) as Eve and Villanelle respectively. Eve is an MI6 (basically the UK’s FBI) agent trying to catch a serial killer. Villanelle is a highly skilled Russian assassin for hire. You see where this is going. Their obsession with each other makes for some great moments. Both of these shows are not only funny but incredibly suspenseful and easy to binge-watch.

These last two series… I’m not even sure what subgenre to categorize them as. Maybe cringe comedy? These shows are hilarious but have some awkward moments that’ll give you secondhand embarrassment. First, Schitt’s Creek (Netflix) is a Canadian show about a rich family who lost everything except the worthless town they previously bought their son as a joke – Schitt’s Creek. 

The family is made up of four members, Eugene Levy plays the patriarch, Johnny Rose. Catherine O’Hara plays the wacky mom, Moira. Dan Levy and Annie Murphy play their adult children David and Alexis. When they move into the only motel in town, they are greeted by the mayor, Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott from the Scary Movie franchise), who severely lacks boundaries. Watching the family adjust to their new life and neighbors is sure to give you a good laugh. Schitt’s Creek is so good, it won 9 Emmys in one year, the most any television comedy has ever won in a single year. 

Schitt’s Creek, CBC

The last show is Pen15. We all know the middle school joke, and that’s exactly the essence of this series. The show’s creators Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine are in their 30’s in real life, but on screen, they are playing their seventh-grade selves. All of the other students on the show are actually middle school-aged (minus the body doubles… you’ll see why I mention this). This show explores what it was like to be a seventh-grader in the early 2000’s, most of the foolery was still relevant to the early 2010’s when most of us were in middle school. Pen15 is embarrassing, it’s funny, but most importantly, it is relatable. It’ll make you reflect on your middle school years… and make you thankful you’ll never have to do them again.

Because humor is subjective, I know it’s hard to take recommendations from someone whose sense of humor you don’t know, but all of these shows are highly rated by critics on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. Who knows, maybe one of these will become your new favorite. If not, they are still guaranteed to fill that The Office or Parks and Recreation sized hole in your heart.

A Letter from the Co-Editor

Staff Writer: David McCallister

Happy Spring Semester Bulldogs!

I hope everyone had a great break and enjoyed some well-deserved rest after fall finals. As the new semester begins to start, I wanted to take some time to talk about my role with The Triangle.

Ashley Garcia, the main editor for the paper, has started working on her transition outside of Wingate. Her impact on the paper cannot be described in words. Without the passion that she has shown through success and hardships, her impact has helped the paper grow immensely. 

Since Garcia has retired from editor-in-chief, I will now take her place as the editor-in-chief for the paper. I can never fill the shoes of her impact, but I want to make this paper as successful as possible.

The impact that Wingate students have on the community is important now more than ever. With The Triangle, the impact you have made on the community can be displayed. Your influence is worth the time to write about and praise.

I hope as the new editor I can shine a light on even more that our school offers to each other and ourselves. We are a close family where you know almost everyone you see, which is not common in most colleges.

As an education major, I have learned that having an impact on someone’s life can mean the world and change the course of their life forever. The Triangle hopes to spread the news about what is happening around Wingate and celebrate the wonderful diversity of our school.

I cannot say enough thank you for taking the time out of your day to read the articles written by students or friends. Your support is felt, and we appreciate all the work our writers have done with their great articles.

Lastly, I want to leave you with a line from the late Mac Miller, wherein the song Conversation Part One, Mac raps the line “You missin’ every single shot that you ain’t takin’”. If you ever feel that you have something important to write or express about what is happening around Wingate, do not hesitate to email me and express your passion. We appreciate new writers no matter the background and want to hear from all the voices of Wingate. 

Thank you again for the support and I wish you the best this semester.

David McCallister

Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview

Staff Writer: Bella Pellet and Camryn Gallagher

The home opener for the Wingate Women’s Lacrosse team is right around the corner and they are more than ready for the upcoming season. “We have been working so hard, but I am so excited to see what the team does this season.” Senior Captain, Becca Ruiz.

All the seniors are ready to dominate this season and they have one thing on their mind – to get a ring at the end of the season. They have been working tirelessly these past four years, but they believe this is the year. “It was the 7 a.m. conditionings that were brutal at the time,” Senior Paige Kamar said, “But I know it is going to set us apart. It already shows now, and we haven’t had our first game yet.” The left-handed senior is projected to put up many points for the Bulldogs this year. 

In the preseason polls, the Bulldogs were ranked third in the Southern Atlantic Conference behind the Limestone Saints and the leader being the Queens Royals. Limestone just joined the Southern Atlantic Conference or SAC last year and have proven to be a difficult opponent. In addition to this, Queens was the number 3 ranked program in all of Division II lacrosse by the ILWOMEN IWLCA preseason poll. Luckily, the Dogs are not discouraged or intimidated by this. Instead, they are excited for the challenge. 

Head Coach Abby Wiley (Close) and Assistant Coach Amanda Frank (Far)

The underdogs worked all of the fall to unite the team this season. However, the season does look a bit different due to the fact that this is the biggest freshman class they have had yet. Coach Wiley has recruited 14 freshmen to the team and there are 15 returning therefore all of fall’s preseason, the team had to work to unify themselves. All 29 of the current Women’s Lacrosse team members are ready to put in their all in less than two weeks. 

Freshman Danielle Scarfogliero and Claire Fuchs will be coming out strong. It is an amazing thing to see freshmen stepping up and eager to put some numbers on the board in their first season. This freshman class came in huge numbers and they are fresh legs that are needed that are filled with energy. The freshmen class is extremely prepared to give it their all throughout the games they are about to endure.

Their home opener is in two weeks against North Greenville. In the past, the Dogs have been able to dominate the Crusaders, although first game jitters always stand in the way. 

Want to go? The game takes place on Saturday, February 12th at 3 p.m. at Irwin Belk Stadium in Wingate, North Carolina.

Men’s Lacrosse Season Preview

Staff Writer: Ben Robertson and Marc Cottage

WINGATE, N.C. – May 23, 2021, was the last time the Bulldogs played a game together. They faced off with rival Lenoir-Rhyne in the NCAA Final Four, one game away from going to the National Championship. They fell short. Their season was over. 

Fast forward roughly eight months, and the 2022 season is less than one week away. The Bulldogs hope to climb the mountain again, but this time all the way to the top. 

However, Head Coach Tim Boyle emphasizes that at this moment, that is not the focus. It will be a step-by-step process. “We define our goals by winning the regular season first, then the conference tournament, and putting ourselves in the discussion to be in the national tournament,” Boyle said.  

The Bulldogs enter the season ranked #3 in the nation and #2 in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC). They return the vast majority of their starting offensive lineup, including all three starting attackmen. 

Junior Willie Grieco was named a Second Team All-American last season. Graduate students Bobby Padden and Adam Vodovnik were both named Honorable Mention All-Americans as well.

They also bring back Danny Riley, a junior midfielder who received First Team All-American honors in 2021. Other juniors Daman Lingasin, John Natoli, and Zachary Pizzimenti along with senior Collin Fleming are expected to play key roles for the Bulldog offense. 

However, they lost most of their starting defensive unit from last season. Elite players such as Reese Orman who was a First Team All-American and National Long Pole Midfielder of the Year have graduated along with Second Team All-American James Houston.

Sophomores such as Creighton Watson, Johnny Salamone, Nick Agresta, and Brody Baker will be called upon to step up this year. 

In order to have the same success the Bulldogs had last season, players like Mark Taccard, AJ Lohmuller, Mike Dilegge, and Matt James will need to provide great leadership for a mostly inexperienced defensive squad. Goalies KC Carlson and Johnny Caponi will also have to be steady in the cage. 

“It is going to come down to how bad [the team] wants it,” Assistant Coach Seth Grimwood said regarding what they need to do to reach their goals. “We just expected everything to happen last year, and we fell short, so how do we respond,” he added. 

The Bulldogs open the 2022 season on the road against Barton on February 5th.

A Message from the Editor

Staff Writer: Ashley Garcia

Hey Bulldogs,

Well, the time has finally come. Today is the first issue of Spring 2022, but with that being said, today is also my last day as editor-in-chief of The Wingate Triangle.

I have enjoyed my time as editor these past few years. When I was asked to be the newest editor of what was then called The Weekly Triangle, I was only a freshman, but I felt extremely honored to be chosen for this position. 

When I joined the staff, The Triangle was only online with hopes of bringing the print version back to campus. At this time, I can say proudly that I was able to bring back eight print issues before COVID-19 hit the world. Once COVID came around, we had to go back online due to the fact that many students didn’t return to campus that following school year and all events went virtual. This made things a tad difficult when trying to find something to write about.

The position allowed me to learn many new things, make new connections, friendships, and expand my writing and editing skills, which I will forever be grateful for.

But now that my last semester at Wingate has begun, my time at The Triangle has come to an end.

With this being said, I am excited to announce that the new editor-in-chief who will be taking over this semester is junior education major, David McCallister. 

McCallister has been working on The Triangle staff for a year now, and I have been working with him for a few semesters to show him the ropes of being the editor. I am confident that he will continue to do amazing things with the paper.

Thank you Wingate Triangle for giving freshman me a chance to work for the paper and allowing me to help it grow into what it is today.


Ashley Garcia

Wingate Football vs Newberry Recap

Staff Writer: Madelyn Cherry

The Wingate Bulldogs took a heartbreaking loss to Newberry last Saturday after going into double overtime. The ‘Dogs lost 35-41 at Setzler Field in Newberry, SC. 

Newberry had 490 yards of offense with 264 passing yards and 226 rushing yards as Wingate had 371 total yards with 198 passing yards and 173 rushing yards. Wingate turned the ball over four times as Newberry turned the ball over twice. The Wolves ended up with a 22-19 advantage in first downs over Wingate, but the ‘Dogs had the lone sack of the day.

In the first quarter, the Wolves took the lead with a 31-yard touchdown. The second quarter was filled with excitement as both teams played competitively. The Wolves started out the quarter with a touchdown right before running back, Nijere Peoples, scored from five yards out to put Wingate on the board. At the end of the first half, Wingate was down 28-14. 

In the second half, Wingate was able to jump to the lead within the first minute of the fourth quarter. The ‘Dogs were on fire in the fourth quarter. With just four minutes to go, defensive back Daron Bowles covered a botched snap in the end zone leading to a tied score. 

The game went into double overtime with the Wolves ultimately taking the win after picking off quarterback Shaw Crocker. 

“This past weekend’s game did not go as expected and we are now out of the running to win our conference. After a tough double-overtime loss against Newberry our team was truly hurt. We fought hard but couldn’t score when we most needed it. We have one more guaranteed game that we can prepare for and hope to win,” said defensive end, Jesiah Carlton.

Wingate will wrap up their regular season next Saturday at home at the Irwin Belk Stadium at 3 p.m.