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Wingate Prepares for Family Weekend

Family Preparing to see their Students at Wingate for the upcoming weekend

Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

          As family weekend 2016 approaches the campus of Wingate University, preparations have been set and events have been planned. The campus’s Office of Parent Relations has taken the reigns of this annual event by planning a series of events for families and their students to take part in on the weekend of Sep. 24th.

          “The Office of Parent Relations is extremely excited to host the parents and families of Wingate students for Family Weekend.” Said Mr. Gavin Johnson, a member of The Office of Parent Relations. “We hope that the weekend will give more insight to the traditions, culture, and values of Wingate University. The parents should be as connected to the school as the student. Where parents send their students to receive a higher education is a very big decision.”

          The families of students can buy weekend passes that will allow them to engage in certain events. Families can choose from 1-to-3 passes available for the weekend. Many of the family events are free. Select event tickets are sold separately from weekend meal passes.

          There is the Friday meal pass; it cost $12 per person, and covers dinner on Sept. 23rd only. There is also an option for the Saturday meal pass; which cost $20 per person, and covers breakfast and tailgating on Sept. 24th only. Finally there is the Weekend meal pass; which cost $25 person, and covers dinner on Sept. 23rd, breakfast and tailgating for the football game on Sept. 24th.

Friday, Sept. 23

          The weekend kicks off on Sept. 23rd with Welcome Dinner and Check-in on McGee Promenade from 5:30 to 7:30. At 7pm that same night the Women’s Volleyball team will be taking on the Indians of Catawba.

          At 8pm there will be a special showing of The Jungle Book in Austin Auditorium. Also, from 7-9pm at The Rolling Hills Country Club, there will be a select invitation only Parents’ Society Reception.

Saturday, Sept. 24

          Day 2 of Family weekend is jam-packed with events starting at 9am with the Men’s Cross Country meet behind the soccer stadium. Also at 9am, is a Continental breakfast in the Rotunda of The Batte Center.

          From 10:00am to 10:45am is the State of The University Address by Dr. Rhett Brown himself in the McGee Theater. After this, there will be three events from the Faith, Knowledge, Service Series taking place throughout the Batte Center from 10:45am  to 11:25am.

          There is Community Engage at Wingate in the Vocal hall, Health, Wellness, and Nutrition at Wingate in the Helms Art Gallery, and W’International and Study Abroad Programs in the Recital Hall. From 11:30 to 12:15, the Faith, Knowledge, Service Series continues with CIVICS + Lyceum = All in! in the Vocal Hall. And Wingate University, A Lab of Difference Making in the Helms Art Gallery.

           From 12 noon to 1:30pm, is the parents tailgate at Irwin Belk Stadium with the rain location being located at the Batte Center.  At 1:30pm, your Wingate University Bulldogs take on the indians of Catawba in Irwin Belk Stadium.

           At 5pm, the Wingate volleyball team takes on the eagles of Carson-Newman. Also at 5pm, The Women’s and Men’s soccer team takes on the wolves of Newberry.

          “We want to connect the parents to the university in a positive way so that they can be confident that Wingate is a great place to live and learn.” For more information on prices of tickets, events, and questions, go to https://www.wingate.edu/welcome-parents/wingate-family-weekend/

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Mixed Feelings for All Access Meal Plan

Written by: Øystein Fjeldberg


This fall Wingate University implemented a new system for meal plans. The All Access plan provides students with virtually unlimited meals over the course of the semester. There are some limits, but they do little to inhibit the students needs. Students have 999 meals that they can spend over the course of the semester, or an average of 62 meals a week.

At least 15 minutes has to pass between each meal, which means that a student can’t go to the Klondike and get six meals at once as an example. As a result, it is nearly impossible to run out of meals. Then why are some students complaining?

Up until last semester, students had a default option of 19 non-transferable meals a week that could be used at the school’s cafeteria or at the Klondike. Students had the option to switch over to a meal plan with fewer meals a week in return for more Bulldog Bucks (the school’s currency that can be used to buy food at campus restaurants such as Subway, Einstein Bros Bagels, and Pizza Hut).

With the All Access plan, however, this is no longer an option. Students that prefer getting their meals outside of the cafeteria and Klondike are left with a ton of meals that they will never use.

Student-athletes are perhaps those who have benefitted from the change the most. An unlimited supply of meals is an advantage for them, as they won’t have to worry about running out of meals prematurely in between practices and competitions. Wingate University is attended by many student-athletes compared to its small student population, and thus it makes sense to have a meal plan catered to this group.

As of November 12, Leif-Henning Klüver, a member of the men’s swimming team, had already spent 282 meals, which means that he has averaged 24 meals a week since the beginning of the semester. In other words, he has used more meals than there has been separate meals at the cafeteria.

It is not just athletes, however, that embrace the liberty provided by the new meal plan. “I won’t have to worry about when I go to the cafeteria during the week,” said student Johnny Rivera showing his support for the new meal plan . If he comes to the cafeteria and realizes that he is not that hungry, he can eat a quick meal, and then return later if he chooses to.

Even though there are benefits to the new meal plan it has left some students unhappy coming at the cost of their ability to choose alternative options for food. Maybe the best course of action would be to re-implement the possibility of choosing alternative meal plans, and leave the All Access Plan as one of the options for those who see it as beneficial to them.

Edited by: Danny Stueber and Meredith Lalor

Unlimited Meal Plan vs Bulldog Bucks

Cierra Smith, Staff Writer

Ever heard of the quote, “change is inevitable, why hold onto what you have to let go of?” Well, if you have, then you know that change sometimes can be difficult, but it is bound to happen, so you learn to live with it. That isn’t always the case!

For some students at a local North Carolina university, change is just what has occurred and the results of which are astonishing. Students who attend Wingate University just outside of Monroe, N.C. have just been bombarded by a new lunchroom modification; the unlimited meal-plan.

Their previous meal-plan options have been stripped away, and they are now forced to live with only one choice. Now, I’m sure you’re thinking “unlimited meals? Why are they complaining?” but if you knew what they were losing in order to have unlimited access to food, then you would feel the exact same way.

In exchange for more meal swipes in the dining hall, the students are being deprived of their only other option for food on-campus; bulldog bucks. If you’re not familiar, Bulldog Bucks is the funds that students are given along with a meal-plan that they can use at other on-campus food places, such as Subway and Einstein Brother’s Bagels.

They are given an amount of these funds per semester, and depending on the meal-plan, they could have more or less bulldog bucks. Now, with the new unlimited meal-plan, students have been given less Bulldog Bucks and as a result. The residential students are fed up with the unanticipated change that has occurred and are demanding a call for action!

Through their many complaints, you can see that the altering of what they were accustomed to has sparked an outcry. Students feel as if they weren’t included in these decisions that have been made and believe that their opinions should be taken into account before making such drastic amendments to what they know and love.

In order to get a better idea of how the new meal-plan has affected residential students, a few interviews were conducted in order to see student’s opinions. During one interview, a sophomore student, Brea Childs, stated “It’s an inconvenience. I live in an on-campus apartment, so I buy my own groceries and don’t frequent the dining hall as much. It would be great to have a smaller option with more bulldog bucks.”

During another interview, a junior student, Sarah Kelly, said “I feel as if the meal-plan is solely geared towards athletes. They eat more than the average person, so it is ideal for them to have unlimited meals. But, what about those students who don’t eat as much, it’s a complete waste.” Based on the two interviews, one can only conclude that students prefer the old way better.

Through the many protests of the new meal-plan, it is easy to see how change cannot always be a good thing. Sometimes when adjusting things that were never issues to begin with, it can cause for unforeseen debacles and complications that could have been avoided all together.

By simply asking students if whether or not a new meal-plan was a good idea, it could have cut down on some of the backlash that is now surfacing. It pretty much ties into the old statement that says, “Why fix something that isn’t broken.”

Edited by Brea Childs and Jenna Turner