Wingate Student’s Favorite Thanksgiving Meals

Staff Writer: Madelyn Cherry

The holiday season is the best time of the year. As Thanksgiving approaches, many scramble to find their grandmother’s best secret recipes. Here at Wingate, students have gathered their favorite thanksgiving meals and recipes to share. Students love a range of foods that vary in popularity among households. 

Seeret Brar, senior at Wingate University, shared her favorite sweet potato casserole recipe from Taste Of Home. She says that this is her family’s recipe for their Thanksgiving meal. The recipe is linked below.

Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

Donny Chiarel, senior at Wingate, says his favorite Thanksgiving food is his mom’s stuffing. “I go back for seconds every year when she makes it, it is so good,” said Donny. Below is the recipe for her house’s famous stuffing. 

Madison Mataxas, senior at Wingate, says her favorite Thanksgiving food is cranberry sauce. She loves the sweet yet tangy taste of the cranberry sauce her mom makes. She said this is the same recipe her grandmother has used for generations. The recipe they use is linked below.

Claire Patrick, senior at Wingate, loves her grandmother’s pecan pie. Every year, her grandmother makes two pecan pies and they are always gone by the end of the day! Below is her favorite pecan pie recipe.

Wingate students get out for Thanksgiving break November 24 and come back to campus for classes to resume November 29th. 

Final Home Game Preview

Staff Writer: Trevor Bryan

On Saturday, November 13, Mars Hill will travel to Wingate to take on the Bulldogs for the final game of the regular season.

Mars Hill currently sits atop the SAC with an in conference record of 6-1, while Wingate is tied for third with a record of 4-2 in league play. Mars Hill hopes to clinch first place in the conference as the two teams will battle it out at Irwin Belk Stadium at 3pm Saturday. 

Mars Hill University is a strong, well-rounded football team. The Lions have been able to take care of just about every opponent they have faced this year, including the number two ranked Newberry Wolves. 

With the help of many weapons, like league leading wide receiver CJ Thompson, Mars Hill has climbed to third in total offense in the conference. With the ability to throw the ball well and run the ball effectively, Mars Hill has proven week in and week out that they have the potential to be national contenders.   

Along with a strong offense that poses many threats, this Lions defense is not one to play around with. With players such as conference sack leader Dexter Fitzpatrick and interception leader Tristan Rankin, Mars Hill has been able to hold the title of number one defense for most of the 2021 season. 

Along with allowing the least amount of yards per game in the SAC (291.3), the Lions have accumulated 21 total turnovers and 36 sacks, ranking first in both of these categories.   

Wingate will attempt to play spoiler on Saturday; something they are more than capable of doing. 

For their more than likely final game of 2021, the Bulldogs hope to replicate the success they had throughout the first several games of the season. Led by head coach Joe Reich, this Wingate team has proven its ability to display grit and toughness on any given Saturday. 

Despite falling just short in double overtime last week against Newberry, the Bulldogs gave everything they had. Tre Morrison and Nijere Peoples are just two of many key players that helped surge an 18 point comeback to tie the game in the fourth quarter. 

Wingate is currently 6-3 overall and is tied for third place in the SAC with Lenoir Rhyne University at 4-2. Even with a win, the Bulldogs chances of making the National Division II playoffs are slim, but a Wingate victory could potentially make things tricky in the conference. 

If Wingate loses, Mars Hill wins the conference. If Wingate wins and Newberry wins, Newberry wins the conference. If Wingate, Limestone, and Lenoir Rhyne all win, the SAC could be staring at a four way tie for first place in the conference. How’s that for a mouthful?

On Saturday, Wingate will also be having senior day. At halftime, Wingate will be bidding farewell to and honoring the hard workers that have shown respect, commitment, and dedication to the program for the last 4 or more years.

Savannah’s Scoop

Staff Writer: Savannah Phillips

I was inspired this week. Today, I want to inspire you…

Tuesday night, I attended the lyceum,  “Inspiration, Creativity, Direct Action, Courage and Fortitude” by Julie Bee, founder, and president of BeeSmart Social Media. After listening to her message, I felt empowered. 

During the lecture, Bee stressed how fear is what holds us back from doing what we love. Though she was talking about entrepreneurship, it seemed to expand far beyond that- to passion itself. She said, “Now is the time to take the leap- go for it!”  She listed several things that she wishes someone would have told her at the start of her career as a small business owner, but those tips will apply to whatever career path you choose. I have listed the tips below, in hopes it will encourage and inspire you as you continue your journey at Wingate.

  1. Give yourself permission to fail- what you’re really doing is giving yourself permission to try- best lessons come from failures
  2. Remember the 3 Rs- resilience, resourcefulness, and relentlessness
  3. Be vulnerable and willing to ask for help. Have a mentor. -Utilize resources. Be humble
  4. Beware the Imposter Syndrome- feeling that you haven’t  earned what you have. Feeling like you are a fake or a phony. Overcome it by keeping “I’m a badass” file- proof you do know what you’re doing. Keep it in front of you

Remember,  no matter who you are or why you are at Wingate, you are here for a reason. Don’t wait out of fear of failure. Failure will make you try harder. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your dream. It’s not their dream to dream, it’s yours. 

Try. Just try. When you fall, get back up! You are meant to do great things. Your heart is already pulling you in a certain direction, listen to that feeling and never let it go. 

My advice this week is simple: follow your wildest dreams with courage and persistence!

~ Savannah Phillips (thanks sent to Julie Bee for her “tips” and inspiring message this week!)

Coming Back After COVID: Wingate Sophomores take on their First Year of College “Normalcy”

Staff Writer: Madison Mataxas

Photo Courtesy of  Wingate University

To most of us, freshman year of college is filled with joining clubs and student organizations, meeting new people, adjusting to being away from home, and overall starting the journey of self-discovery and career searching. While this is what it looked like to upperclassmen during their first year, this year’s sophomores are spending their fall semester trying to make up for lost time on campus after COVID-19 made it “virtually” impossible to have the normal college experience.

On Wingate’s campus, many of this year’s sophomores are finally able to get their bearings. This includes figuring out where their classrooms are, what professors are like during in-person classes, and, overall, what being in an academic environment with other people is like.

“This year has definitely been a new experience for me since COVID forced all of my classes online,” sophomore Hana Kubalova said. Kubalova, an International student from Slovakia, did not know what to expect at an American university but was not met with the experiences she anticipated due to the pandemic.

Not only were her classes changed around, but her first season on the Wingate Swim Team was nothing like she thought it would be. Kubalova said that “It was hard getting to know the swimmers that were already on the team since they already knew each other.” COVID made it nearly impossible for athletes to gather in large groups last year and for a team of eighty people, this was no exception.

Much like Kubalova, sophomore Katherine Fronczak from Texas had only heard about what college can be like from her older sister. This, however, was far from what she actually experienced going to college during a pandemic. “I had no idea where anything was,” Fronczak said, “Being isolated from my professors and classmates last year made it harder to get to know them, so it feels like I’m meeting them for the first time this year.”

She shared the same worries when it came to getting to know the team as fellow swim team member Hana Kubalova. “I already knew Hana because we had a group chat for the incoming freshman swimmers so we talked over the summer,” Fronczak said, “Meeting the freshmen in-person plus the rest of the team was tough because of COVID regulations.” 

As the pandemic was starting to be controlled with vaccines and quarantine, Fronczak and Kubalova felt that they were able to form connections with their teammates that have grown more this year since the entire team can gather and do activities together. While there are still some challenges that this year’s sophomores face, they are slowly becoming more acquainted with Wingate’s campus, all of its traditions, and the opportunities it has to offer.

Finja Schierl: From Cross Country to Triathlons

Staff Writer: Madison Mataxas

Photo Courtesy of Finja Schierl

Cross Country, Track and Field, and Triathlon Freshman, Finja Schierl from Darmstadt, Germany, has had nothing shy of a standout first year with Wingate University athletics. 

Fina Schierl has been doing triathlons for a few years and got into them as a swimmer who liked to run. “My brother was a triathlete which I always found cool and I wanted to do it too. I think through the last few years I have gained a lot of experience as a triathlete through many competitions and training campus” Shierl said.  This year she has had a great season that is only on the rise. Shierl qualified and competed in the European Championships in the middle of the year and had several competitions in the Bundesliga in Germany, which are always very busy. 

Schierl’s winning streak is not stopping. On Sunday, November 7, 2021, she competed in Junior World Championships “which is a great honor for any athlete to represent their country. It meant a lot to me to be able to compete there.” Shierl said. After taking time to prepare for this competition, she placed 15th overall and said that she is “very satisfied.”

Graduation Facts & Stats

Staff Writer: Faith Haren

What began as Wingate School in 1896 (first through twelfth grade) became Wingate Junior College in 1923 (two-year programs) then Wingate College in 1977 (four-year programs) and finally, Wingate University in 1995. Wingate was awarded its first bachelor’s degrees in 1979. 

Here’s a glance at its inaugural class:

“The Gate” Yearbook, 1979. Digital NC

Famous alumni include Leon Levine, founder of Family Dollar, and Anthony Dean Griffey, a Grammy award singer of the Metropolitan Opera.

DIY Graduation Tassel Ornament

Courtesy of: Dianne Weller,

Commemorate your special day by re-purposing your graduation tassel into a one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament! It’s easy to do and only requires four items:

  1. Graduation tassel
  2. Clear glass/plastic ball ornament- purchase at Dollar General or any craft store
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors

Optional items:

  1. Confetti ribbon in blue & gold
  2. Decorative blue & gold ribbon
  3. Paint marker (blue or gold)


Carefully remove the ornament cap and metal hook. Cut a slit from hole to hole in the cap with scissors, and add confetti ribbon if desired. 


Feed the graduation tassel in from the top.


Push remaining strands of the tassel into the ornament. Use a straw/pen/paintbrush.


Thread the tassel’s loop through the hole on the ornament cap (caution: metal may be sharp)


Squeeze some glue along the inside rim of the cap. Replace the cap onto the ornament and let dry.


Pull the tassel loop completely through the top and replace the metal hook back in the cap.


Tie blue and gold decorative ribbon in a bow using the metal hook. 


Personalize the ornament with your name, ‘Wingate’ and your degree using the paint marker. 


Hang on your Christmas tree!

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Wingate Men’s Cross Country November Report

Staff Writer: Luke Tucker

Photo Courtesy of Brent Surratt

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Wingate Bulldogs’ men’s cross-country team accomplished something on Saturday that it had never done before: taking first place in the NCAA Southeast Regional Meet, and in the process, qualifying for the NCAA National Championships on Nov. 20.

The Bulldogs are easily having their best season in program history, marked by a South Atlantic Conference title, now a regional title, and the team’s first-ever appearance in the national meet.

Wingate dominated the regional meet, placing seven runners in the top 12, and finishing with an average time of more than 30 seconds faster than second-place Queens. The Bulldogs took the gold with a score of 33 points, followed by the Royals with 73, and Catawba with 104.

Freshman Scott Nutter, who has come on strong over the past few meets, led the way for Wingate, finishing third out of 161 scored runners. A quintet of Bulldogs, including SAC freshman of the year Bastian Mrochen, rounded out the top 10.

“The plan [at regionals] was to run together in the front pack,” Wingate head coach Pol Domenech said. “We ended up with our entire seven-man roster in the front group early on, so we were able to conserve some energy in the latter parts of the race. All seven men broke the school record this morning. It gets us excited for the future of the program.”

As he has maintained all season though, Domenech’s focus remains on the national meet.

“I cannot imagine a more deserving group to win the first regional cross country championship in Wingate’s school history, but the main focus of the season is still two weeks away,” the SAC coach of the year said. “The team is excited to face the national competition.”

The national meet will be held on Nov. 20 at Saint Leo University in Florida, the same location where the Bulldogs won the pre-national contest on Oct. 2.

Wingate’s November Person on the Street

 “What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition?”

Reggie Norwood (left)


“My mom makes me my own pan of mac and cheese. Man, I love mac and cheese!”

Chris Foster (right)


“My momma’s sweet potato pie, she usually makes four pans for me and two for the rest of the family. There’s a competition between my mom’s sweet potato pie and my dad’s mac and cheese” 

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!”

Sydney Dinkins 

Senior, Marketing Major

“Watching football with family, eating a lot of food and spending time with family and friends.”

Johnny Caponi

Junior, Pysch Major

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is playing a family football game after eating our Thanksgiving meal.”

Kassidy Price

Graduate, Pharmacy

Online VS In-Person Classes: Student Perspectives

Staff Writer: Juliana Fiorilli 

From March of 2019 until the fall semester of 2021, classes were attended mostly online, or a hybrid of online and in-person courses. After the shock wore off and students began to get used to attending online classes, a year of college was finished for most students without ever meeting in-class.

The two types of classes show differences in grades, interpersonal relationships, learning experience, and the student experience overall.

In a survey of 12 students from Wingate University, the results were split in half between the class preference types. These results showed that one-half of the students preferred online classes while the other half preferred in-person classes.

With the responses being this varied, one student said, “They’re better in person than online.” Meanwhile, other students said it was easier to do school work online but actually learn more when they attend in-person.

Three-quarters of the students said that they retained greater information from attending in-person courses. However, when given the choice, over half of the students would prefer to attend their classes online. A student said, “I don’t focus well online and I get really distracted by other things. However, if I can choose to go online for in-person some days that works too.”

Over half of the students, 67 percent said that their grades differed between the two types of classes. A student responded, “Although I have not seen a huge change in my grades between online and in-person classes, I believe it was easier online but also more self-learning.”

Other student responses said that they were more focused during in-person classes, “I am better hands-on and focused on seeing someone teach,” while others said, “I had better grades online because I feel more focused.”

Nine out of 12 of the students said that they had difficulty adjusting to going back to all in-person classes. Students said it was extremely hard to adapt to a new routine and having to physically be present after attending online classes for over a year.

In the question, “Do you think there is a loss of connection between peers/administration being in online classes?” 11 out of the 12 students said yes. One student said, “Absolutely, as a commuter, it’s already hard to feel like I know people on campus, and when we moved online it only made me care less about meeting new people.”

Other students said that the lack of connection stems from not being able to see anyone’s face and no one wanting to press that unmute button to interact during online classes. Adjusting to all online classes was difficult for students, but going back to all in-person classes was just as stressful. Everyone’s learning style and preferences are different.

Final Exam Tips

Staff Writer: Cassidy Brave

As final exams are coming up, it can be very stressful for different reasons. Some things to personally identify as the semester is coming to an end are assessing your stress levels, organizing your study and workload, and lastly, still keeping time for yourself.

As the semester is coming to an end, stress levels can rise, students can become overwhelmed by the amount they have to study and if they are doing it correctly. People can be overwhelmed by their grades and how these last assignments will affect them, and also taking into account external stress factors such as a sports team, work, or family. Ways to address these stress factors to help exams become more tolerable are activities such as exercising, staying positive, meditating or breathing exercises, and reaching out to a support system if needed.

Staying in control of your workload or study load can be stressful at times, especially during final exams. Some ways to help you stay organized are to make to-do lists in terms of urgency and importance, reach out to SI sessions, ask your professor for help, switch up what you are studying, and pace yourself.

Keeping time for yourself is one of the most important factors that come into play with these stressful times during exam week. Taking a break can give your body and mind time to restart and refresh, and shorter study sessions have been proven to be more effective to retain the information.

If you are ever in need of a tutor or someone to talk to, the Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a great resource to utilize. The ARC is located on the second floor of the library.