SGA elections results are in for the 2018-2019 school year.
Laura Thompson, a junior communication major from Rutherfordton, is the newly elected SGA president.
One of the things that she wants the student body to know is that “Everyone’s voice is important and everyone matters.”
Thompson said she wants to make sure that students are more aware of SGA and what it does. She wants the students to understand that SGA is government by the student body and that it has been established to help with students’ questions and concerns.
Laura will succeed outgoing president Amanda Alling, who is graduating.
She said she thought her greatest accomplishments this year have been in revamping the structure of the organization.
“We were able to create effective change that will surely set the next Executive Board up for success next school year,” Alling said.
She is also proud of SGA’s contribution of spreading Bulldog spirit around campus from sponsoring a Gold Rush game for football to enhancing Coffee on the Quad, and various other events.
“We were able to spread the feeling of One Dog around campus,” she said
Other officers for next year, who were chosen in the recent elections were Kirby Von Egidy,Trace Jolly, Kailey Ezekiel, Natalie Hart, Samantha Hiller,Nico Ortega, Daniel Berrezueta and Diareth Flores.
The COM 220 News Writing class put together an Easter Break edition of Questions of the Week.
First up is Communication major Katie Williams of Calabash, answering class member Hunter Pearson‘s question: “Where would you like to go on a Winternational?” The Winternational reveal of destinations for 2018-19 took place on Wednesday afternoon.
Major League Baseball season opened on Thursday, but this student was unenthusiastic when Mariah Anderson and Shane Rich asked if she was going to be watching.
So what ARE students most concerned about as we get near the end of the school year? Well, we couldn’t get them on camera, but here are the responses of a few students when asked by Hanna Smith and Matthew Garza.
As this is being posted, Wingate students and faculty are on Easter Break. Class member Tanya Crump asked sophomore Caroline Downs and senior Amanda Lemacks (in order) about their plans.
And one more. Class member Caitlin Bailey asked freshman Simba Walker of Goldsboro about his Easter break plans. He said: “I work at a Circle K. Sadly, I won’t be doing any homework. Shout-out to my Mom.”
We loved the t-shirt. And the photobombing skateboarder.
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.
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.
Southern Environmental Solutions of the Carolinas (SESC) is a family owned business dedicated to servicing local landfills established on government contracts. The objective of SESC is to collect recyclable electronic waste, or, e-waste, promote organizational interactivity.
By setting high standards and collaborating and partnerships, site visits, SESC teaches individuals as well as corporations, schools, churches, and other social organizations the “four r’s”.
The four r’s are re-use, refurbish, recycle and respect which are central to recycling effectively.
Mrs. Lynda Kuehni, Director of Sales and Marketing of the SESC spoke to members of Bulldogs Into Going Green (BIGG) last Monday. She spoke on her organization’s mission to educate Carolinians on the responsible disposal of digital waste.
Kuehni also worked with BIGG to ponder ways for Wingate students to promote the safe distribution electronic devices.
Before diving directly into electronic waste management, Mrs. Kuehni broke the ice by discussing ways they already take initiative to educate others to treat their environment with greater respect and develop new habits of recycling, cutting down on energy usage, and other low-effort, green practices which eventually add up to a significant difference. Everyone managed to speak, and before long there were eco-warrior stories of inspiration ranging from sea turtle sympathies to influencing roommates or teammates.
What makes the SESC so important is that it spares the environment from the devastating effects of chemicals still trapped in damaged or aged electronics. What the term “e-waste” refers to is anything containing wire, anything which plugs into an outlet, or battery supported items such as TVs, VCR, DVD players, stereos, appliances, copiers, etc.
The metals in these electronics such as aluminum, steel, iron and lead, which harm the environment, can easily be reused. Precious metals, such as copper and gold, can also be drawn from the inside of laptops, cell phones, and even automobile parts.
Currently, the number of cell phones coming into existence exceeds the human population by two million. When those are disposed of, the metals in the chips and intricate wirings inside them will either be collected and reused by facilities such as SESC or will end up releasing chemicals into a dump somewhere corroding precious, expensive metals.
Another factor of digital responsibility is erasing the data stored on these devices. Computers and communication technology have personal data stored on them, which, without proper removal, can be released or obtained by less than savory operations.
The SESC instructs universities, schools and other businesses requiring personal information from students and employees how to protect data stored on sim cards, and offers a way to safely destroy the data before disposing of the device. The hard drive shredding method used by the organization wipes data electronically and is Department of Defence certified.
If items cannot be either salvaged or repaired, it’s still important to recycle it because along with the aforementioned metals, lead and harmful chemicals can seep into the Earth.
The steps students realized they were making may have been impactful, but the students were still eager to learn more bringing them together in a conference with a representative of a local eco-system solutions institution. Now eager to learn more about this opportunity to once again spread green awareness, students were ready to learn more about the organization the speaker who caused them to reflect on their successes represented.
Rob Jones, an amputee veteran, ran his 29th marathon on Thursday, November 9, in his mission to complete 31 marathons in 31 days. Residents of Charlotte showed up at 6 a.m. to show their support and run alongside him.
Jones plans to set an example for other veterans who have gone through similar trials. Also, Jones hopes to have an impact on those who have not experienced such a life-altering event.
“Instead of seeing tragedy or hardship as something that is blocking your path or getting in your way, seeing it as an opportunity to get stronger…seeing it as something that can make you better,” said Jones.
Jones consistently ran and trained his body for 18 months prior to beginning the marathons, said Pam Jones, the wife of Rob Jones. During training, Jones ran two hours every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. On Friday he ran one and each Thursday, he ran a full marathon. Sunday was his only day off.
Jones’ wife said the physical fitness came quickly for him. She said he had always been a natural athlete. The biggest concern was conditioning his joints in preparation for a month of marathons.
Rob Jones was completely self-coached. Pam Jones commented on how determined he was and how his childhood led him to be a disciplined individual.
Growing up, Rob Jones was an athlete and had coaches who pushed him to be the best he could be. The military also forced Jones to be disciplined and ready for anything. As a result, Jones knew what his body needed in order to complete this challenge.
Jones took it upon himself to research and learn as much as he could about nutritional benefits. Pam Jones said he is always looking for a way to improve himself physically and mentally.
“He is just one of those people that wants to be a better person every day, and that could be by making himself physically better or making himself mentally better,” said Pam Jones. “He has been researching and reading books. He is constantly trying to expand his knowledge about something.”
Jones’ diet was also a crucial part to excelling in his performance. Jones’ wife pre-made all food before the trip to freeze while they were traveling. This limited the cooking time and supplies they would have to carry with them.
“Rob eats the same food every single day so that he has the right breakdown of calories. He has the exact same meal prepared the exact same way every single day. Which for you and me, would seem very monotonous, but that is what he needs to do in order to get the right calories from the right place,” said Pam Jones.
Jones was held to a strict high-fat diet, which helped with reducing inflammation in his joints and abrasions on his legs.
During the process of running every day, Rob Jones kept his heart rate below 150 beats per minute in order to reduce the tissue breakdown. Jones set a personal record while running his 10th marathon in Chicago, Illinois.
Pam Jones said the recovery process is just as important as the preparation process. She made sure that all Jones had to do was focus on running, sleeping, eating and talking to any media who came through. She focused on driving the RV, cooking the food, and keeping him up to date on who he would be talking to at each location.
Carol Miller, Jones’ mother and a professional massage therapist, also helped Jones by giving him hour-long massages twice a day to help with the soreness and performance.
Putting a spin on the hit TV show, Cash Cab, BARC put together an event this past Monday dubbed “Class Cab” to help kick off Wingate’s Homecoming week. The campus could be seen with several golf carts which were decked out in blue and gold decoration zooming around and passengers blurting out answers to the driver of the cart.
Passengers ranged from just one to a full cart . Students were able to catch a ride on the golf carts and could answer Wingate related questions to win prizes while they were shuttled to their next class.
While students who were on teams competed for the Homecoming Cup, other students were able to participate and could win spirit items such as pom-poms, Wingate cups, koozies and several other goodies.
“As I was walking to the McGee Center, someone pulled up beside me on a Wingate decorated golf cart and asked if I needed a ride to my destination, I said sure and the next thing I knew I was being cheered on by the driver and another member of BARC as they asked me questions,” said Class Cab participate, Lizzie Gamwell. “Whenever I got a question right, they kept cheering me on and I ended up winning some gold beads and a koozie.”
Students were asked questions that ranged anywhere between traditional Wingate history and the knowledge of locations of different things on campus.
“I loved being able to ride from class to my apartment instead of having to walk, plus I won a free cup in the end and was also able to help my team win some points that went towards the Homecoming Cup,” said Kaley Geer. “I was kind of nervous about it at first because I wasn’t really sure what all I would be asked, but once I got started I realized that I actually knew a lot more about Wingate than I originally thought!
With other homecoming activities going on throughout the week, it was important to get students in the spirit by starting with something as interactive as Cash Cart.
“We had a great turn out with participants doing the Class Cab and I really enjoyed being a part of it with asking questions to students because it really showed how much students actually pay attention to their surroundings on campus,” said Mariah Teague, BARC spirit chair.
“I really believe that by BARC putting on this event, it put students in the mood for homecoming and that’s really what it’s all about. Seeing everyone so excited makes us excited and lets us know that we’re doing a great job at putting on these events,” Teague continued
Wingate University students clear out the store shelves as they stock up on toilet paper for the annual homecoming tradition of “TPing” the campus on Thursday night.
For years, Wingate University has been establishing traditions for students to take part in during homecoming. One of their biggest is allowing the students to cover the campus in toilet paper.
Bailey Goforth, a sophomore at Wingate, said she had heard about the crazy tradition when she toured the campus as a senior in high school.
“I never believed it could be as fun as they said it was, but participating in it as a freshman made me realize that what they were saying was true,” Goforth said. “It’s one of my favorite memories as a student here and something I always look forward to.”
“TPing” is usually seen as a type of vandalism, but the staff at Wingate University allow the students to have a little fun doing something they normally couldn’t get away with.
“I almost feel bad for making our campus look so terrible, but it really does look so cool the next day when you are walking to class,” Goforth said.
On the Thursday night of homecoming week, students leave their rooms and cover every inch of campus with toilet paper. They even go as far as pouring soap in the fountains.
“Last year I jumped in the fountain full of soap, even though it was freezing outside,” said student Veronica Manka. “I plan on doing that again this year. It was so fun.”
Wingate’s Student Government Association also created a little incentive for students in order to make the clean up the following week a little bit easier. For each garbage bag of toilet paper the students bring to the Office of Residence Life, they will receive a free t-shirt.
“Although it’s a lot of fun throwing the toilet paper…it makes quite the mess. To try and help maintenance, SGA encourages students to join in our annual clean up the Monday following homecoming,” said Kirby VonEgidy, vice president of marketing and communications for Wingate University’s student government. “We made the mess, the least we can do is help pick it up.”
The tradition has become such a fun event for the students to participate in, and senior Zack Singleton said it will be on his list of “most missed things” about Wingate University when he graduates in the spring.
“I’ve always looked forward to ‘TPing’ the quad,” said Singleton. “I’m really bummed that this will be my last year.”
Wingate’s homecoming week was full of games, activities and events. “TPing” the quad is one of the final traditions before the homecoming tailgate and football game on Nov. 4.
Edited by Gabriela Cabrera, Ryan Mackintosh and Mason Teague