Winston Churchill’s granddaughter remembers the good ‘ol days with students

Churchill’s granddaughter shares memories with students

Celestia Rene Randolph, Staff Writer

The Dynamic Words of a Bulldog “An acorn cannot grow in the shadow on an oak. Celia Sandy’s proves otherwise”, said North Carolina Senator Craig Horne, as he introduces the distinguished speaker: successful author, entrepreneur, and member of the Churchill society, the granddaughter of one of the century’s most influential leaders.

She claims the stage, and the audience’s rapt attention, in a hot pink pant suit, immediately exercising her hereditary quit wit. “How appropriate that the ‘Great British Bulldog’s’ grandchild should make an appearance at Wingate University.”

Winston Churchill was built like a bulldog and proved time and time again he had the breed’s characteristic tenacity, but it was the power of his scholarship, his words, that made him great.

“His words were more powerful than any weapon”, Celia stated, introducing the theme of the evening. As the world progressed, and the history he was apart of became little more than textbook history, Winston Churchill’s influence was forgotten.

His leadership and words of wisdom were remembered again after the tragic events of 9/11 shocked the world. George W. Bush and other world figures referred to Churchill’s strength and wisdom.

“The same principles that saw the world through the 40’s remains applicable to the 2,000’s” Sandy’s said. She expressed her grandfather’s belief that a leader uses his words to encourage and strengthen others.

“It was said Adolf Hitler could convince you he could do anything, but that Churchill could convince you that you could do anything.” she stated. As prime minister of Great Britain through WWII, and the horrific Blitz raids that came with it, Churchill often referred to the four values he esteemed the most and deemed critical to the conduct of any leader.

“Courage, integrity, vision, and (sense of) community”, Celia said, were those four values. Of them, he regarded courage as the most important, “for moral, rather than physical courage, requires integrity, the integrity. His life exemplified courage and honesty in all he did.

Sandy’s explained how his physically audacious words and deeds, illustrated in many of his most well known speeches, such as his “We will defend our island whatever the cost may be…we will never surrender.” speech, inspired the best in his people.

His candor, which had often alienated others in power from him in the past, later earned him the faith of his people as they carried on through their nation’s darkest hours. “He did not distort the truth. He always told the bad news as well as the good.”

Community was formed from the unification of his two primary ideals. Before concluding her speech, Sandy’s spoke of how her grandfather remained a strong public figure long into his twilight years, using his popularity to speak the truth even when his authority as prime minister was no longer there.

“He was still the most famous figure in the world.” she said, when he warned the United States of the rising Soviet Powers and the possibility of a Cold War. This message, as his warnings to the UK of Hitler’s impending invasions had been, was ignored.

His words were met by the influential leaders of North America and Europe with incredulity and agitation, but when they proved accurate, his convicting words steeled the free world for the rise of Communism that came soon after.

Celia Sandys recalled the times she spent “with the grandfather the whole world wanted.” She spoke of their adventures around the world, traveling from the United States to Mediterranean beaches, and with a decided twinkle in her eye, praised the works of art he created.

One of which, he gifted to the president. Years later it found a home in the mansion of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. “I do hope they haven’t torn it in half.” she said laughingly. His love of nature manifested itself in the creation of his many masterpieces.

The thousand words the educated speaker could not summon to describe his love of the scenic destinations he visited, he recorded in the form of his paintings.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

International Education Week includes wide variety of events

Wingate wants to bring cultural experience to all students

Megan Katz, Staff Writer

This week, Wingate University’s Office of International Programs will be working with student organizations, faculty, and international students to bring the student body a transformative International Education Week.

According to the U.S. State Department, International Education Week is a nationally designated week that provides students with an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The aim is to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

Ms. Jennifer Armentrout, Director of International Programs, says that through this week, the Office of International Programs will provide students with “an accessible way to learn more about international topics and to explore their possibilities in the world as a student at Wingate.”

The Office of International Programs sees this week as an opportunity to not only highlight the resources we have in our current international students and faculty on campus, but to give students an opportunity to learn about pressing global issues from their professors and their peers.

The events this week will consist of both performance and participation, and will give students a chance to engage and explore new cultures, ideas, and activities to broaden their perspectives.

“Learning about the world is essential in becoming an educated, productive global citizen, which is part of the Wingate mission” Armentrout says. “We want students to know that it can also be fun.”

For more information, email international@wingate.edu, come by the office in Alumni, or visit our Instagram @bulldogsabroad.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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Students meet Alma Adams on Election Night

Alma Adams has a hat for that, and she approves this message!

Rob Gay and Sara Gunter, Staff Writers

Congresswoman Alma Adams accepted her reelection to serve as a representative for North Carolina’s 12th district. This win coming with a surprising 69% lead over her opponent, Leon Threatt (R), in a controversial campaign due to redistricting in the state. Earlier this year lines for District 12, were declared unconstitutional leaving much of the new 12th district in democratic favor.

Adams, a new resident of Mecklenburg County, says she is excited, “To build a Queen City that works for everyone.”

Adams hope is to “restore North Carolina’s historic focus on public education and a strong economy,” she assures the Mecklenburg community that she is committed to making Charlotte her home and her priority.

“Together we can Keep Pounding to tear down the barriers that separate our neighbors, sisters and brothers from opportunity—– you have a stake in the success of our community, unless we work together none of this is possible.”

Adams is scheduled to report back to Washington Monday, November 14.

Her closing statements to a crowded room and Charlotte South End served as a promise that she would “speak up, work hard, and be the voice for Charlotte”

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Local Republicans celebrate Election Night victories

Championing the Conservative Cause

Maggie Smith and Megan Katz, Staff Writers

The members and supporters of the Union County Republican Party gathered at Hilltop on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the races and in some cases victories.

As votes were being tallied local representatives dined and mingled with their constituents, friends, and families.

Incumbent Mark Brody, NC House Representative of the 55th District, won his race with 60.5% of the votes. Brody attributed the success for the Republican Party this election to the decision to campaign as a team, as opposed to individuals.

The party was put on by Robert Pittenger, who also won his race for US House Representative of the 9th District with 58.3% of the votes. Pittenger shared his gratitude and praised the great leadership in Union County.

Tommy Tucker ran unopposed and was re-elected as NC Senator from District 35. Tucker was first elected as NC Senator in 2010. Tucker said he is the best for the job because he has the experience, he views government as a business, and he is a small business owner himself.

Tucker got his start in politics when he decided to run for mayor because his city council would not fund youth sports. He lost the race 60-40. Tucker said it sparked his love of politics, and he has since served as mayor, county commissioner, and now state senator.

“This is where I want to be,” Tucker said. “I was born here, I love this state, and that’s why I’m serving.”

Another incumbent present at the party was NC House Representative Dean Arp from the 69th District. He won his race against Democrat Gordon Daniels with 66% of the votes. With a background in structural engineering, Arp got his start in politics on the Union County School Board. Arp served from 2000-2012.

“I would not have been able to become an engineer without my education,” Arp said. “That’s why it was so important to me to be able to have a say in education.”

Arp said he feels that the best measure of future success is past successes. Arp says he and his colleagues have been able to dedicate 67% of the total state budget to education, as well as making North Carolina 29th in teacher pay when you factor in cost of living.

“When you can affect a positive change for someone who is in a difficult environment, that is the joy of serving,” Arp said.

“My belief is you vote your conscience first, you vote your constituents second, and you vote your caucus third,” said Arp. “I encourage people to elect people with the character and the values that represent you.”

Edited By: Sara Gunter

 

Video Game Review: Battlefield

Students takes an in depth look at a Video Game

Danny Stueber, Staff Writer

              The last two Battlefield games, Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline, were missteps in the franchise with shoty online play and bugs galore that really left a sour taste in the mouth of many fans. Then, earlier this year, EA announced the next game would be Battlefield 1, a war game taking place during World War 1 respectively.

Many people were skeptical if something considered to be the worst war in history could be made into a game with respect and dignity while still being fun. After many hours with the single player and the multiplayer, I can say that the people over at Dice who made this game did an excellent job on all those fronts.

The campaign, while short, really shows the respect the war deserves. You play as five different people all living out different situations throughout the war. It shows how normal everyday people were thrown into this horrible event and how they had to cope with it.

You see the struggles of a man who used to be a chauffeur now being made to drive tanks, an experimental technology at the time and you play as a woman trying to stop the invasion of her home by enemy forces wanting to drill for oil in the first time in history for all their war machines.

You never feel like the time period is being disrespected or if anything is a joke. You feel for the characters and the situation they are all thrown into. The campaign also serves as a tutorial of sorts for the main attraction, the multiplayer.

You learn how to drive the tanks, fly the planes, wear the body armor, ride the horses, shoot, and stealth all from the different stories and with how demanding some of those things are it was a smart way of doing so.

My one complaint is that it was really short. Each story is only around an hour long and as a result you never can get to invested with any of the characters. When each story ended I was left wanting more and to know what happened to them which is never a good feeling, especially 5 times in a row.

The multiplayer is as strategic and fun as ever for the battlefield series and unlike Battlefields that came before it, this one had no bugs and bad connections through my hours of play. The massive maps all feel different and allow you to try any of the classes till you know what fits you best.

The old weapons of World War 1 are still fun to use compared to today’s and because a lot of them were experimental it shows even more strategy along the lines of not being sure if you should try to reload now or not, if you should throw the mustard gas to run the enemy out of hiding, etc. it is fun while being true to what I feel the battles were like at the time.

My one complaint for the multiplayer function is the unlock and progression system is just bad. Sometimes when you level up you get some war bonds which can be used to buy new weapons and equipment but it’s never enough from one or two levels. Even after you buy a weapon, you have to make sure your class is a high enough level to use it which is separate from your player level.

I was level 5 and bought a shotgun to use with the assault class but I needed that class to be level 3. Because I like all four classes even after many hours of play, the assault class was not even level 2 yet so I was stuck with wasted money and the same weapons for even longer. It’s very disheartening and does not feel like you are accomplishing anything as a result.

Battlefield 1 is my favorite in the series. The gameplay is fun, it feels good to play, the stories are a great learning tool as well as appropriate for the time period the game portrays, etc.

I will mention however, that if you buy this game on an Xbox One, it is slightly darker for some reason than the PS4 version. I tried it on a 1080p tv and a 4K monitor and it was always darker than the other console for some reason. The PS4 version looks better but the online components handle better on the Xbox so, whichever is more important to you should help in your purchasing decision.

Battlefield 1 is not my favorite shooter this year but it was my biggest surprise. If you’re sick of every shooter being the same these days, pick this game up and I promise you will have fun.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Will you vote today? Have you already voted?

Wingate journalism students will be doing Election Night stories and posting material to The Weekly Triangle’s Facebook page this evening. Until then, here’s something to whet your appetite for our political coverage. COM 220 News Writing students ask other Wingate students if they’ve already voted of if they planned to:

Class members Andrew Elliott and Kyle Brodt talked with sophomore biology major Nadean Coufal. She said she had voted, and Andrew and Kyle asked her if the issue of the Supreme Court was a factor in her vote. “No not really,” she said. “I’m just focusing on who I want to be president.”

 

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Sophomore T’Kahila Cornish voted today. She said, “This is the first time I’m able to vote. I am going to exercise my right because I want my voice to be heard.”

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Jackson Kaplan and Asherel Kaseorg talked to this student, who didn’t mind telling us who she was voting for:

Christina Kroeger and Brandon Bowles interviwed junior elementary education major Kelly Shiverdecker. She said she voted early because she has a late Tuesday night class and wouldn’t be able to make it home in time. “I voted early because it’s my right as an American to have a say in the presidency.”

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And Tariah Harrell and Kori Adams talked with sophomore Houston Johnson: 

 

Students get opportunity to learn more about upcoming election

Columnist John Fund visits Wingate University, many students still undecided.

Nick Vaughn, Staff Writer

John Fund, a National Affairs Columnist for National Review magazine and a frequent contributor to Fox News, CNBC, and CNN spoke at Wingate University on October 24 to discuss the upcoming presidential election.

This event was in conjunction with the BB&T Lecture Series and was sponsored by the Jesse Helms Center. The basis of conversation in the Batte Center Recital Hall was on the topic of the Executive Branch Power Expanded Under President Obama.

The question that was focused on was post election, “What Can We Expect from Hillary or Trump?”

The event was a lyceum credit for students who attended. Junior Caitlin Villela attended the lyceum. “I found the lyceum very interesting. It really gave us an insight at how the two candidates for President would serve,” Villela stated.

In Fund’s lecture he talked about the differences between the two candidates and what their attitudes would be like as President when it came to certain decisions made by the Supreme Court or through executive orders.

“With a Clinton presidency you will see Supreme Court Justices appointed that will overturn decisions like Citizens United,” Fund said.

“A Trump presidency will see the repeal of Obama’s executive orders,” Fund added.

Many students and millennials in general are less than impressed by the choices that we have when it comes to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Randel Caldwell, a junior at Wingate University, considers herself one of those individuals. “This lecture and the speaker did not give me much more insight than I already had.” Caldwell said.

Caldwell has followed this election very closely for the past year. “I’m still unlikely to give my vote to either one of these candidates,” Caldwell added.

This election is now in the final few days, with many citizens still undecided and puzzled at this election cycle, the choice will soon be made.

Edited by: Sara Gunter