Wingate defeats Lenoir-Rhyne and increases their winning streak

Rodrigo Ugalde, Staff Writer

If you are not in the edge of your seat, it is not a Wingate game. This seems to be true for Wingate’s men’s basketball, as Wednesday night saw the Bulldogs collect their eighth straight South Atlantic Conference (SAC) victory over Lenoir-Rhyne by 71-70 at Cuddy Arena.

Forward Isiah Cureton had his highest scoring game with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Anthanee Doyle contributed with 15 points. The win left the Bulldogs with a 14-4 overall record and 10-2 in the conference, allowing them to stretch the winning streak and revalidate what they have done last week against nationally ranked Queens.

With a 13 point difference going into halftime which turned into 18 with more than two minutes into second half, the end of the game came as a surprise. Keenan Palmore had 29 points, 22 of which he got during the second half.

With one minute and 30 seconds to go, Lenoir-Rhyne went on to lead 76-75 for the first time in the game since the opening basket. From this point on, the Bears tried to exchange three points for free throws, but Cureton and Doyle’s precision from the line made the difference for the Wingate Bulldogs.

After the game there was an overall satisfaction in the Wingate squad, with an understanding that there was still room for improvement. “I would like to start closing out games a little bit better,” Wingate’s coach Brian Good said, “I love the way we are starting, but we need to finish a little bit better,” he added, in reference to this game and the victory over Queens, who saw the Bulldogs lead for as much as 18 points but finished 71-70 only. Isiah Cureton, Wingate’s lead scorer of the night, had something similar to say: “We are not playing all 40 minutes, we play like 25 or 30 minutes.”

Lenoir Rhyne’s locker room was not the happiest, considering they were one of the two teams that had defeated Wingate earlier this season. “We got off to a really good start. We traded baskets early in the game and they began to impose their game,” admitted Lenoir Rhyne’s Coach Ryan Odom, “They played tougher than we did.”

Edited by Brea Childs and Shea Murray

Chemistry: A formula for success

By Oystein Fjeldberg, Staff writer

The chemistry major is a challenging path to take on.

A chemistry student has to spend much of his time in the science building due to the many hours of laboratory work. Eleven of the required classes include a lab section — in addition comes two research classes. A student who chooses this major needs to be on track right from the start, as two years of chemistry classes are required for all upper-level chemistry courses.

For those who push through, however, job prospects and graduate opportunities are promising, says Dr. Christopher Dahm, who has been teaching chemistry at Wingate since 1995. If you maintain a GPA above 3.3 and you acquire experience in research during your time at the university, then “we can get you into a graduate program where they pay your tuition and give you a stipend,”, Dahm explains. This is a common choice among Wingate graduates.

Others aim to start a career fresh from graduation; normally, this means a job in industrial production. “If you are willing to move to big cities like Chicago,” Dahm says,  “getting a job will be no issue”.

But these promises are not what have motivated most to choose this major. For the most part, the motivation is rooted in an affection for science.

Jacob Troutman says that he studies chemistry because he likes that it “explains a lot of what you see around you.”

He had a good teacher in high school who made chemistry interesting, which spawned his interest for the subject. The most challenging aspect of chemistry, he believes, is to “visualize the concepts mentally, that you can’t see visually what you are studying”.

Joseph Kelly studies chemistry because he “has a love for science and math”. He says that he “always excelled at math, and also had an interest in chemistry as well.”

The most challenging aspect in his opinion is “balancing out all the work for your classes”. Teachers give a lot of work in each class all at once, he says, and you are expected to keep up with what is due when. His favorite class is analytical chemistry because “it took what I loved about chemistry and expanded upon it,” and did so by applying “practical lab situations.”

This spring no one will graduate from Wingate with a degree in chemistry. There are six students in the upper-level classes right now, and all are  scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2017.

Even though that is a small number, the number of graduates has increased over the years, Dahm says. When he  started teaching here 20 yeas ago, he says, 1995, there were two graduates a year with majors in chemistry, and one in chemistry business.

After the pharmacy school opened its doors in 2003, that number started to increase, especially for chemistry business. Dahm believes the reason is that students in pre-pharm who change their minds about going to pharmacy school often go for the chemistry or chemistry business major.

Benefits of W’international

Jonathan Jenkins, Staff Writer

College is often seen as a rare opportunity for people to experience firsts. There are first parties, jobs, relationships, etc. One opportunity that many neglect to mention, however, is the chance to go to your first foreign nation. While many universities offer chances to have these experiences, few are as involved as Wingate’s W’international program.

The W’international program was developed at the suggestion of former Wingate President Paul Corts and quickly became a prominent program for Wingate students. According to Wingate’s Director of International Programs, Ms. Jennifer Armentrout, W’international seeks ” to provide international firsthand learning that meaningfully contributes to developing students intercultural knowledge, character development, and independent world views for entry into the global work force.”

This focus on development needs far more than a simple trip overseas to be effective for students. Each W’international program has a class that corresponds with each individual trip. These classes focus on various aspects of each country’s culture by teaching about specific subjects, such as the study of Swedish crime novels for a trip to Sweden. This results in the material discussed in class coming to life for students.

There are many other benefits that students get from these trips, with one of the biggest being international experience. Zach Lewis, a junior that is going on the upcoming spring France trip, wants to use this opportunity to learn and grow. “I picked this trip to France specifically so I could practice my French language skills that I have been acquiring over the last four years,” Lewis stated.

Beyond simply learning and interacting with other cultures, international experience can also help students in pursuing jobs after college. “International experience is ranked high among many employers as a critical asset for prospective employees,” states Wingate’s web page for international studies. “Study abroad shows that you are resourceful, a risk-taker and internationally minded.”

International experience helps students by giving them practical experience in other environments as well. It can introduce them to new languages and ideas and most of all, give them an experience that they will remember forever. However, for most students that are hesitant to sign up, the cost is the deciding factor in their decision.

When asked about the cost, Zach Lewis responded by pointing out that the trips are already heavily discounted. “All of the ‘leg work’ is already taken care of,” Lewis stated. “Then we get to go have a great time in the destination country.”

Some students may be nervous about international travel, but, with the positives that it brings, it is well worth the cost and the effort. “I would tell students ‘on the edge’ of going abroad that the most frequent feedback I receive from adults is that the one thing they wished they had done while in college was study abroad, ” Ms. Armentrout stated.

W’international programs deliver the best opportunity many will have to obtain experience overseas, and with the many benefits that it provides, namely help with future jobs, great memories, and future friends, don’t miss out. You will never regret making a trip overseas.

Edited by Meredith Lalor and Danny Stueber

Former Panthers Player Shocks Panthers Fans

Emma Mowers, Staff Writer

Remember when Julius Peppers played for the Carolina Panthers? A hometown boy from Wilson, North Carolina. Peppers played college football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a unanimous All-American. He also spent 8 years as a defensive player for the Panthers before going on to play for the Chicago Bears. Peppers now plays for the Green Bay Packers but he still has a history with the Panthers, however he never had the chance to play under Cam Newton.

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On Sunday, November 8, 2015 in the Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Packers took on the undefeated Panthers. The Packers went into this game knowing it would be a challenge.

In the second quarter, after Newton scored a touchdown, the former Panthers player- and Packers defensive end- Julius Peppers took the football from Newton and tossed it to the other side of the end zone to a ball boy. Cam Newton then retrieved the ball and handed it to one lucky Panthers fan, Colin Toler.

Many of the people in attendance at the game saw what happened. Cassie Barringer, senior at Wingate University, was sitting in an aisle seat in section 226 and vividly saw Peppers take the ball from Newton after he scored. “I was shocked at first and thought – did he really just do that?” said Barringer.

Newton has made this a tradition following a Panthers touchdown, as many football fans have seen. Although, no one knew at the time that Colin, who received the touchdown football, had recently lost his father. Barringer said, “I had no idea that was the boy whose father had passed away. I don’t think a lot of people did.”Some say it was God looking down on Toler.

Usually Newton takes the ball to the middle of the stands in the end zone to give it away, but if it had not been for Peppers taking the ball from Newton and throwing it across the field, Newton would not have gone after the ball. This led Newton to section 105 near the corner tunnel exit; where Toler was seated. Colin’s Grandfather brought him to his first NFL game, to fulfill a promise that his father, Benjamin Toler, had made before he passed on Sept. 30 due to a heart condition.

Following the release of the story, Colin became a social media hit. Giving away footballs is not unusual for Cam Newton. He has been doing this since 2011, after every Carolina touchdown. Newton calls it his “Sunday Giveaway” program. Although it was ironic for Newton to give the ball to Toler, because Newton was not aware of why Toler was there.

After interviewers spoke to Colin Toler’s mother, they found out that Toler’s father also had a connection with Julius Peppers. Toler’s father was in Greensboro, North Carolina for the NCAA basketball regional. Peppers, who then played for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was playing tournament. Benjamin Toler was standing near the exit to the court when Julius Peppers tossed his wristbands to him after a game.

Irony and luck is what happened to Colin Toler. With the holidays right around the corner, we need to remember to be thankful for what we have; family, friends, jobs and our health. Keith Hall, father of senior Wingate student, Sydney Hall, attended the game as well and had another interesting point to add. “The players wore initials of fallen soldiers and during half time they presented jerseys to the families.” said Hall.

Edited by Rob Gay and Kyndra Sanden

Donald Trump hosted SNL?

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

Donald Trump, the current front-running Republican presidential candidate, has made the news several times for his blunt statements. He is best known for his desire to build a wall between the United States and Mexico to secure the country’s borders.

During a speech in June, he announced, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… they’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Since that statement was made, many protest groups, mostly comprised of minorities, have attempted to silence Mr. Trump when he appears for campaign speeches or talk shows. Saturday night was no exception when the presidential candidate hosted Saturday Night Live.

On November 7th, a group called Deport Racism offered to pay $5,000 to anyone who was willing to interrupt the live broadcast. The group’s offer was taken by one of the show’s cast members – Larry David, who impersonates Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Luke Montgomery, the group’s campaign director, announced following the broadcast, “We are excited to reward Larry David with $5,000 cash for ‘standing up’ to Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and speaking the truth about his anti-Latino racism, even though he was joking.” Indeed, David’s “racist” comment was met with laughter from fellow cast members and the audience after he explained himself.

Despite the criticism from groups such as Deport Racism, Saturday Night Live received its highest overnight ratings since 2012. Joseph Ellis, a Wingate University political science professor, commented on why the ratings were so high. “Saturday Night Live has long included political figures in their programs (Hilary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama). What separated Trump is that is he isn’t a career politician. Even though he fancies himself a businessman, he is an entertainer above all.”

Although Trump is not widely considered to be a ‘career politician’, other serious Republican candidates such as John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, and Mike Huckabee have all written to NBC to request the same amount of air time, which is approximately twelve minutes out of the show’s 90.

Nick Corasaniti from The New York Times speculated why Trump’s time was so limited. “Mr. Trump’s screen time was very limited for a typical host of “S.N.L.” Both Amy Schumer and Miley Cyrus, who hosted episodes in October, were on screen for more than 20 minutes, evidence that NBC was aware of, and perhaps expecting, some requests for equal time.” Despite these requests, Saturday Night Live is not likely to have another presidential candidate host the show before the election next November.

As to whether or not the show itself was enjoyable, those opinions differed greatly. Although Dr. Ellis enjoyed the skits that he watched, he noted, “The problem with political comedy is that no one wants to make fun of their own candidate or views, and therefore only about half your audience will ever buy in.”

Based on the online reviews, it seemed that Trump political supporters and opposers were unable to separate their personal biases regarding his performance; they either loved it or hated it based on how they viewed his political stances. NBC, alongside the initial protests to cancel Trump’s appearance, continues to face criticism as groups such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus demand an apology for letting Trump host the popular live sitcom.

After a failed meeting with NBC executives, the group members admitted that it was not likely to happen. Until then, group representative Gutiérrez noted that “members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and other members of Congress and Senators will find it hard to take anything you (NBC) say about diversity and Hispanic representation seriously until this is addressed.”

Edited by Jenna Turner and Brea Childs

Making a BIGG change on campus

Courtney Bailey, Staff Writer

live_photo16815513With the honor of a DuPont grant recently being awarded to Wingate 
University, both faculty and students have begun collaborating together to form a new sustainability group that will hopefully launch the campus and local community into a more environmental existence. From energy meters being installed on campus to an “Earth Week” planned for the upcoming spring semester. The visionary ideas of this group are already beginning to take form in very exciting ways.

Initially called Blue and Gold Makes Green, the sustainability group now possesses a catchy acronym for its name: BIGG. This stands for “Bulldogs Into Going Green”. The acronym comes from the creative suggestions of Professor Debbi Brock and her marketing team. Their involvement, as well as that of the Student Government Association and faculty, is passionate about sustainability making BIGG an all-encompassing organization.

“This is a group for everyone,” Dr. Catherine Wright, a theology and ethics professor and faculty advisor to BIGG, said. “Every person has a talent that is needed in this group. Whether you’re a football player, a journalist, a swimmer—everybody has a place at the table of the sustainability group. Everyone is needed. The only way to make sustainable change is to have everyone involved.”

Dr. Wright feels that this sustainability group has the potential to turn into an extremely positive component of the university and surrounding community. Provided that students take the initiative to become involved and have their voices heard.

“Many people are passionate about this on campus and would like to see sustainability as part of our plan moving forward,” Dr. Wright acknowledged. “This group is here to get ideas from students. We want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.”

The open-forum approach to BIGG is hopefully what will make it successful and sustainable for years to come. The DuPont grant requires its university recipient to create a more sustainable campus, and in order to accomplish this change at Wingate, multiple organizations must be involved. BIGG seeks to draw in members from all registered student organizations, faculty and the Wingate community.

“Faculty and students need to know that this committee plans on being around for years and years to come,” Trevor McKenzie, a junior Mathematics major and member of BIGG, said.“But the only way that we can make anything happen is if the whole campus is in on it. Make it a call to action. Nothing can happen with just one group.”

Kyle Ferrebee, a junior Business Management major and member of BIGG, also echoed the sentiments of Dr. Wright and McKenzie. “I believe that students, faculty, and even the town of Wingate need to understand that the group is still trying to construct itself, and that it has a huge opportunity to positively impact the entire Wingate community—if, and only if, it receives some meaningful participation from motivated members of the campus and community that wish to leave a positive legacy.”

BIGG hopes to further educate the campus on its purpose and future goals in the upcoming spring semester through projects, events, and lectures. As of right now, the group is still attempting to establish its identity.

On November 18, the group began the process of adopting its constitution and by-laws. All students, faculty, and local community members are welcome to attend the weekly BIGG meetings on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. located in Hayes. “We need the campus to reach out for change,” McKenzie said. “We invite anyone to come to our weekly meetings. Anyone can help.”

Edited by: Brooke Griffin and Kyndra Sanden

 

Assassins Creed: Syndicate gives players just what they want

Staff Writer Danny Stueber

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Last year, Assassins Creed: Unity was a glitchy mess that was not fun to play and had multiple things in game making you feel that you had to pay real world money to unlock them. This year, Assassins Creed: Syndicate fixes many problems from last years game while also adding new features to make this the best game in the series since Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag.

Presentation:

Since 2007 there have been nine main games in the Assassins Creed franchise but since Assassins Creed 3 in 2012 it has not mattered if you have played the other games. Syndicate is kind of a sequel to Black Flag but only in the way that they mention it a few times in dialogue.

Syndicate takes place it the late 1800s during the industrial boom in London. You play as Jacob and Evie Frye, twin assassins whose goal is to eliminate the villainous group known as the Templars whom the order of Assassins has been fighting with for generations. Along the way you will meet and interact with Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Thomas Edison, and even the Queen of England herself.

The city itself looks pretty good all considering and I never got tired of running around it for the 20 hours I spent in it. You see children workers, crime in the streets; carriages with police escorts and more, that all make you feel like you are in the correct time period. Unity last year might have been bad but it did look amazing being set in France which I give credit to over Syndicate. The city is nice but very dreary and not as graphically pleasing as Unity was.

Everything looks how it should though and that is all you can ask for. The animations of characters also look very nice. When you’re fighting and are surrounded by many enemies your character never moves in a jerky motion. It is always smooth and nice to watch and play.

I will say however that this game is not free of glitches entirely. Over my week of playing this game I had more bugs than I have ever seen in a game I have played before. Sometimes characters would not move with me so I would continue to walk and see my arm stretch all the way across the road. Sometimes my character would jump onto the street and crumple like paper almost falling through the world. I exited a cut scene and my character was totally invisible for almost five minuets while I was still able to play until I reset the game. None of this ruined my time though and were just quick laughs. The extreme happened though when the game hard crashed three different times in two days where I had to end up resetting my Xbox every time. That kind of thing should not happen and not as frequently as it did.

Gameplay:

Playing the game feels a lot like any other Assassins Creed game before it. You run, hide, climb, etc. to assassinate your targets and take over the city. The climbing and movement in general is smooth but just like any other game in the franchise you will find your character flying off in a direction you didn’t intend and you just curse to yourself about it. The one change is the addition of a grappling hook to help you climb and cover gaps faster which now that I have used it I will never be happy with another game in the franchise without it.

Like I said at the beginning, you play as twins, which means you can change between the brother and sister anytime you want. Even though the game tells you Jacob is more for fighting and Evie is more for stealth however I never found them to play too differently. Other than missions that made you play as a certain one I would just stick with Evie because she was a better character over her brother (he is just annoying and hard headed compared to her) and because they felt so similar to control.

The whole gang aspect also was not that appealing to me. You could have members of your gang help you in situations like fighting and escaping but the combat was so easy that I never felt like I needed the help. Really, you’re just over powered the whole game as long as you do not try to rush through the story. It was nice to have the option of help though and your gang growing really helped you feel that your power was progressing.

Conclusion:

The story is enjoyable and when I finished it all I felt like I had a good run and had a lot of fun. At the end of the day that’s what you hope for from a game is that you had fun with it. The characters don’t vary enough to constitute being different, the real world aspect that is shoe horned in is dumb and makes no sense to new players, the bugs were everywhere, and the city itself is kind of forgettable compared to past locations. It is fun to play though and rewards you every step of the way so you always have something to look forward to. I can say that Syndicate is in the top three of the series and shows that even though the ball was dropped with last years installment this franchise can still find ways to be new and fun.

 

Assassins Creed: Syndicate 8/10 (Xbox One version)

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Edited by Rob Gay