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Opioid Crisis Presents Alarming Challenge to both County and Country

Savanna Harris, Staff Writer

The opioid crisis is an issue that is becoming more and more prevalent here in our country. In 2016, there were over 63,600 overdose deaths in the United States alone, and more than two million people here are thought to be dependant on opioids, which are defined as drugs that replicate the pain-relieving effects of opium, such as morphine and oxycodone.

Photo Credit: Savanna Harris From left to right, Trey Robinson, Jarrod McCraw, Lt. Brian Huncke

In order to raise awareness about this increasingly worrisome situation, the Batte Center here at Wingate University hosted a Lyceum this past Sunday, March 18, the third Lyceum in what is being called the Engaged Citizenship Series.

Throughout the program, a panel of ten speakers in total shared compelling information, as well as personal stories, regarding the crisis. Eddie Cathey of the Union County Sheriff’s Department began by saying, “We cannot arrest our way out of this.”

One major cause for this seemingly sudden crisis is the evolution of drugs that people are using. They have changed from what is expected, such as heroin and cocaine, to substances like bath salts and counterfeit pharmaceuticals.  

The main reason for this change is research chemicals, which are chemicals used by scientists specifically for research and scientific purposes. They are more toxic and therefore more dangerous than other drugs, and due to their scientific necessity, can cheaply and easily be ordered online. Ann Hamlin, who worked as a forensic scientist for more than 30 years, summarized this perfectly by giving the statement, “The normal rules do not apply anymore.”

In order to provide a personal aspect, Wesley Keziah, who is a former addict, and Stephanie Cox, whose son died of an overdose, spoke next. Wesley described the way his addiction began with a prescription for oxycodone following back surgery. By age 19, he had transitioned to using heroin.

According to him, “It was normal to be high.” He went on to say that he was in and out of the Union County legal system more than 80 times, and that he tried to get help but was never sure where to go for it, and that he overall felt misinformed about the true consequences of drug use. Thankfully, however, he is now three and a half years sober, is married with four children, and teaches addiction ministry.

Stephanie Cox then told the heartbreaking story of her son, Trenton Phillips’ death. On May 12, 2015, he died of a heroin overdose. She recounted how they thought that Trenton’s addiction was under control, but went on to say, “I was fatally naive.”

Wesley and Trenton’s stories were both local. Many people who attended the Lyceum, including myself, were surprised to discover how strongly the opioid crisis is affecting not only our country, but Union County as well.

In 2017, there were 372 drug-related arrests in Union County, and the number of arrests and deaths continue to rise as the years pass. Contrary to popular belief, the most prevalent age group these arrests and deaths are occuring in is not young adults, but rather people age 50 and over.

However, the problem is beginning to be seen in young people and in schools. According to Jarrod McCraw of Union County Public Schools, there are approximately 43,000 students in the county, and school officials are seeing alcohol, marijuana, and Xanax frequently appear among them.

Abusing these substances can lead to the abuse of those that are even more damaging, as well as acting as a gateway for other crimes, such as stealing, human trafficking, driving while under the influence, and murder. Trey Robinson, who is the Union County District Attorney, said that, “Our courts are filled with drug-related cases.”

Nevertheless, all hope is not lost. Measures are being taken at both a local and state level to combat and end this crisis. Operation Medicine Drop is in place for people to properly dispose of prescription pills that are no longer needed.

An opioid crisis hotline is being proposed. A nasal spray called NARCAN, which is an emergency Naloxone treatment for overdoses, is now in use. This is greatly beneficial, seeing as in order for a doctor to administer Suboxone and Methadone, which are other overdose treatments, they are required to receive special training and are therefore few and far between.

Additionally, Representative Craig Horn of North Carolina House District 68 said that they are working to limit the length of time that drugs are prescribed to five to seven days maximum, thus reducing the number of pills prescribed annually. In 2016 in North Carolina, this number was 555,000,000.

They are also trying to get rid of prescription pads and lessen the number of prescription drug commercials that are legally allowed to be shown on television. All in all, remarkable efforts are being made towards bringing this crisis to an end.

Edited by: Brea Childs

SGA looks foward to a better future for the Wingate campus

Shane Rich, Staff Writer

While the new semester is kicking into gear, Wingate’s Student Government Association shifts focus on bettering student experiences on campus. Even though in past years SGA has done much for the student body, they look to build on that momentum to make campus life even better for the future.

According to the President of SGA Amanda Alling, “some of the things SGA has planned for this upcoming semester includes our weekly Coffee in the Quad events from 9-10 am every single Tuesday, located in the Academic Quad. We do this to provide a quick bite to eat and engage with some students on campus. We [also] hold a portion of a meeting called, ‘#WUVOICE’ which is a time for students to give their own announcements and ask questions.” Alling also spoke about how she is excited to see what the future holds for SGA, especially when it comes to the development of underclassmen.

When asked about how SGA will be run differently this semester as compared to past semesters , Alling responded, “Things are not going to be done super differently, but we are placing more of an emphasis on engagement this year. We want everyone’s experiences with SGA to be meaningful and impactful. One of our most important missions is to ensure that this happens and that every single student feels valued and important at Wingate University,” which is something SGA has done and continues to do for many years.

“As far as becoming an actual member, elections are held at the end of the school year for Executive Board positions and senator committee positions.” Alling said. 

SGA also has a summer planning retreat, in which they take the time to outline their goals for Wingate and the student body. These goals as well as the SGA mission statement are outlined below.


Create and utilize a marketing and communication plan to efficiently and effectively promote and connect students with SGA.

Enhance the student experience through increasing involvement in SGA and campus activities, while creating avenues to promote and cultivate Bulldog Spirit.

Using effective and efficient planning to better define and delegate SGA roles, expectations, and engagement within committees and events.

Mission Statement:

We are devoted to developing a student-powered organization that effectively directs the student’s vision into reality as well as reflecting the standards and values of Wingate University. SGA also strives to serve as an organization that aims to create unity and pride in the community.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Love Your Melon sells Apparel for a Great Cause

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

College students have a lot on their plates from classes and meetings to internships and jobs, therefore time management is an essential skill. Any college student will attest to how stressful their busy and hectic schedules can be.

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However, college students across the country are willing to add more to their plates and are joining the organization, Love Your Melon. So why does everyone want to join this organization?

Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to donating a hat to every child battling cancer, as well as supporting nonprofit organization’s who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.

Love Your Melon was founded by two friends, Zach and Brian, at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zach and Brian began the organization in an entrepreneurship class, their mission was to improve lives of children battling cancer.

They began their mission in October of 2012, and the organization has since expanded. Their initial goal of the organization was to give away a hat to almost every child in America battling cancer. They did indeed achieve that goal. They have now set a new goal of giving one million dollars to pediatric cancer research.

You’ve probably seen many college students wearing beanies with the Love Your Melon logo on it, or may have even read about it on social media from someone who is a member. This is because Love Your Melon has hundreds of “campus crews” across the United States which help them spread the mission.

The crew members tell others about their cause and also organize events on their campus as well as visit kids with cancer. There are 840 campus crews and 13,500 campus crew members from all 50 states.

Taylor Powell, a sophomore at Wingate University, joined the organization after learning about campus crews on other college campuses. She joined and started a campus crew at Wingate.“I love knowing that I can help those in need. Even if it’s just bringing a smile to their face for a few minutes,” said Taylor, “These kids are going through more than I could ever imagine, and I want them to know that there’s someone in their corner pulling for them.”

Taylor is the captain of the campus crew at Wingate University. She said the campus crew at Wingate also has a vice crew captain, a public relations manager, and a secretary.

Taylor said the crew is limited to 20 spots right now, and has an ongoing wait-list, but encourages anyone who is interested in joining to sign up. “I would tell anyone who has a heart for others to sign up for our wait-list, because this organization has truly changed my life for the better” said Taylor.

If you’re a student at Wingate University and want to contribute to your campus crew’s story you can do so at by choosing Wingate University at the checkout. 50% of the profit from purchases goes to the campus crew’s nonprofit partners who help in the fight against cancer. The organization also sells other apparel besides beanies on their website.

If you attend college elsewhere and are interested in joining Love Your Melon, you can look into whether you campus has a campus crew. If your campus does not, you can start a campus crew on your own campus like Taylor.

You do not have to be a college student to help with this organization. Anyone of any age can help contribute to this organization by buying apparel on the website and advocating the organization.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Wegmans comes to North Carolina

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

The popular family-owned New York based grocery store, Wegmans, has made plans to open its first store in North Carolina. Despite the growing competition between grocery chains such as Publix and Whole Foods, in 2015, Wegmans was ranked the top grocery store in the country according to the Consumer Reports’ annual survey of customers.

Wegmans, which was founded by brothers John and Walter Wegman, opened its first store in 1916. Since then, Wegmans has expanded to 88 stores, primarily in the north. According to The News Observer, Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natalie said, “We have signed a letter of intent and are working through lease negotiations with Columbia Development Group, with hopes of reaching a final lease agreement sometime during the first quarter of 2016.” The first NC store will be located in Cary, across from the Cary Towne Center.

The 90-acre property will consist of much more than the grocery store; the primary development sketch plans included up to 600 apartments. The site is located directly off of Interstate 40 and is currently inhabited by an indoor shopping mall. However, its future does not look promising as large retailers such as Macy’s and Sears have closed down their stores.

Councilman Don Frantz described the location as a “gateway into Cary”, noting that, “It needs to be remarkable. It needs to be something that stands the test of time. It needs to be something that provides a lot of jobs, shopping, retail, restaurants and residential.” As Wegmans stores include a pharmacy, restaurants, a coffee shop, bakery, and more, the new store may be exactly what Mr. Frantz was hoping for.

Although the plans are not yet final for the new store, fans of Wegmans have already taken to social media to show their excitement. Ty Bates, a former Wingate student, exclaimed on Facebook, “I LOVE Wegmans!! It’s got great lighting and decorations that make you feel like your in little Italy. They sometimes even have live local singers come in and play for the people eating in their hot food section (which is to die for).” Also a Facebook page called “Bring Wegman’s to the NC Triangle Area – Please” was created last year and has over 500 likes.

According to the Wegmans website, four new stores are set to open this year. Nine other stores are currently listed on the site as future locations, two are set to open in 2017 and the others are to be determined. Cary is not included in the list, and Ms. Natalie could not disclose Wegmans’s future plans to open in other NC locations.

 Edited by Brea Childs and Shea Murray

We rate the Super Bowl commercials

The Business Journalism class was assigned to watch the Super Bowl commercials and review the best and the worst. Here are their ratings. Feel free to tell us whether you agree or disagree:

 Summer File, staff writer 


Thirty seconds and Colgate created an emotional, eye opening commercial. Dirty hands washing off fruit, older hands holding a bowl and little hands scooping up the four gallons of water that a person can aste in a single act of brushing his or her teeth. Colgate promoting turning off the faucet to preserve water that people around the world find as a precious item.

Budweiser has been killing it lately with commercials promoting safety and no drunk driving. Actress Helen Mirren vividly describes what she thinks a person is who drinks and drives. Using the hashtag #GiveADamn to promote safety and responsibility for all people. Just a simple meaningful commercial!

Worst, could win an award for collaborating the most random bits of nothingness into a single commercial. A man playing a piano being pulled up a building, all while being followed by a gospel singing choir, who is carrying random people to different levels of the building. Finishing with lil’ Wayne in a large interesting hat. Congratulations you won the worse commercial about nothing.

Avocados from Mexico used aliens mocking human items as a promotion for their product. Silly humans using emojis for communication and the “god and white dress” that looks blue and black. Producers picked interesting things to show but it just was not a commercial that worked with avocados.

Hope Rogers, staff writer 


 Heinz “#MeetTheKetchups”: The only thing cuter than a mob of dachshunds, known as ‘weiner’ dogs, is a mob of them in hot dog costumes. Their happy faces and wagging tails could melt the sourest cat lady’s heart. They soon jumped into the arms of humans wearing Heinz bottle costumes, making a perfect match.

Hyundai “First Date”: Comedian Kevin Hart lets his daughter go on a date in his new Hyundai, which has a feature that allows the owner to track its location. Hart’s hilarious wide-eyed ‘angry’ face, which appears in a movie, helicopter, and pile of stuffed animals, intimidates the boy to take her home early.


Mountain Dew Kickstart “PuppyMonkeyBaby”: Mountain Dew’s attempt at comedy is even worse than their attempt at soda. A nightmarish creature with a puppy’s head, monkey’s body, and baby’s feet repeats the phrase “puppymonkeybaby” robotically to the beat. It’s so bizarre that it’s easy to forget what the point of the commercial is.

 Xifaxan: Seeing the animated human intestine with irritable bowel syndrome is enough to make anyone stop eating. As Super Bowl fans enjoyed the game with pizza and wings, they simultaneously watched a body part rush to the bathroom to relieve itself. It was uncomfortable and probably ruined some appetites.

Cierra Smith, staff writer 


Mini Clubman Car: The car ad was designed to breakdown stereotypes that plague many people throughout the world. The ad features a great deal of celebrities who have been the recipients of such stereotypes and by calling out those stigmas, they were able to make the commercial meaningful.

 Budweiser: This ad featured well­known actress Helen Mirren. It was geared towards the “drink responsibly” campaign and also not drinking while under the influence. The commercial was a good watch, because Mirren was speaking on a serious topic, while also adding a good deal of sarcasm, which made the ad funny as well as informational.


Snickers ft. “Marilyn Monroe”:  All of the Snickers ads in general were a bit much. With this ad in particular, it seemed as if they were mocking transgender people. I felt as if they were taking such a serious topic in today’s society and treating it as a joke.

Turbo Tax: although I personally use the online tax agency, the commercial was a bit dry for me. The emphasis was set on “not selling” you a product, but the entire time, they were talking about you using their services. Also, Turbo Tax is not free, so the ad was definitely misleading.

Jenna Turner, staff writer 


Doritos: I thought that the commercial with the ultrasound was a good one because it goes with their slogan of “For the Bold.” It shows what extremes people go to for the amazing chips, that even a baby would propel themselves out of their mother for one. I think it has a cuteness factor that will make people remember it.

Mountain Dew Kickstart: This commercial was very weird. The point was to show that three things combined can be awesome so they made a puppy monkey baby bring the Mountain Dews out. I think this commercial was a good advertisement because it had a factor in it that will stick in your mind.


SoFi – This was not a very effective commercial because it is only implying that “great” people can get loans through their company and that not everybody is great. The end of the commercial even says “See if you’re great, you’re probably not.” There may be a meaning that I do not see in this but I am not a fan.

Skittles: I think the skittles commercial with Steven Tyler was okay but not really anything that I would remember. I totally forgot about this commercial until I saw it again on youtube. I think that they could have done this commercial with a rock theme many different ways. When I think of Rock, I think of something that is going to stand for a long time and not shatter easily.

Rachel Rose, staff writer 

The Hits:

My  No. 1 spot goes to Honda’s Ridgeline Truck Commercial. As one of the top 11 commercials from SuperBowlCommercial, I find this commercial was overall received well by viewers and has been acknowledged for its success. Animals always tug at the heartstrings, and Honda’s use of sheep was very delightful. With sheep singing to Queen’s Somebody to Love, who can resist?

The No. 2 spot goes to the controversial Mountain Dew Kickstart commercial. Though one of my least favorite commercials of the night, I have to say it is one of the most talked about commercials out there. “It was disturbing, and overall I didn’t like it,” said Kasara Lear, a student at Wingate University. “But I just couldn’t look away!”

Mountain Dew’s #puppymonkeybaby was one of the biggest hashtags used for the night. Love it or hate it, this commercial is being talked about everywhere, making it one of the most successful ads.

The Misses:

Quicken Loans Rocket Mortgage commercial was by far the No. 1 iss of the night. Their commercial was overall boring and unsatisfying compared to the other commercials shown. The whole concept was not received well by audiences. even scored the commercial an F for its performance.

No. 2 on the miss list is Social Finance’s ad. Though slightly amusing, the commercial was mostly confusing. Calling some people great, and others not, there was no given definition to why these people were considered one or the other. Since the company could have done more with the time they were given, I placed this commercial on the miss list.

Brooke Griffin, staff writer 


One of the most talked about commercials was the “PuppyMonkeyBaby” commercial, which I found particularly disturbing. I would label that as my least favorite commercial but it has people talking even 4 days later so it did the job it was meant to do. I think the more commercials that are done, the weirder they get. Which makes them stand out and stick with people but they also have absolutely nothing to do with the product they’re advertising.


My favorite commercial was a tie between the Dorito Dogs and the Heinz Wiener Stampede. If you know me at all, you know that I am a HUGE dog person. I love all sizes, shapes, ages, colors, and kinds of dogs. I also own a dachshund so the wiener stampede really tugged at my heart strings. These were both geared toward the “aww” crowd and meant to target apparent pet lovers in the crowds watching on Super Bowl Sunday.