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UNCW Group Aims to Rebuild Community

By Harrison Taylor, Staff Writer

Three weeks ago, the South Eastern United States was hit by Category two Hurricane Florence, and no city on the coast was devastated more than Wilmington, North Carolina.

Hundreds of students from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) were displaced, as the school told students who lived in their student housing to go home. Other University of North Carolina schools, like the University of North Carolina at Asheville, opened their doors to students who could not go home during the storm.

But, before the storm even hit, a group of UNCW students were determined to help their surrounding community.

We Wilm Rebuild, a Go Fund Me project and non-profit student organization, aims to help those displaced by the storm (particularly the poor and underprivileged in the area) with drives at several different UNC schools and beyond. The project was started by UNCW students Jaz Vanscoy, Wes Porter, Valentina Pantani, and Gabe Castro.

“I was following the hurricane a few days before it hit, and I started posting stuff on social media, asking others and saying, ‘Hey, let’s start gathering supplies now’” said Vanscoy, who’s been working on this project since its inception.

Porter then reached out to Vanscoy, and together, along with Valentina and Gabe, created We Wilm Rebuild.

The group aims to help the lower income communities of Wilmington, and their Go Fund Me page has already raised over $10,000, with their Facebook and Instagram pages serving as hubs for those who wish to donate supplies or help with the cause.

“There are some people who chose not to evacuate…and then there are those who couldn’t evacuate. We want to help those who couldn’t,” said Vanscoy, whose intentions to help the lower income community of Wilmington remain present and clear.

We Wilm Rebuild can be found on Instagram under the username wewilmrebuild & their Go Fund Me here.

Edited By: Rachael Robinson

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

New campus organization helps find internships for students

Internship Opportunities at Wingate

Cierra Smith, Staff Writer

As college students may know, the idea of getting out into the workforce once graduating can be stressful in itself. So, when looking for internships, the stress can be just as daunting.

Most college students feel as if they have to get an internship that directly pertains to their major, but in reality, it is better for them to look into internships from a variety of focuses in order to truly understand what it is that they want to do once graduating.

The task of looking for internships can be easy for some, but also difficult for others, so it helps to have resources around that can aid you in doing so. Here at Wingate, there is a special on-campus organization geared directly towards aiding students in finding internships that fit their career goals and also help them with all other elements surrounding postgraduate careers; the Center for Vocations, Internships, and Career Services (CVICS).

CVICS, which was formerly known as just the Office of Internships and Career Services, is an on-campus organization that is here to help students in any way they can deal with the stresses surrounding their future careers.

With CVICS, you are assigned a career adviser based on your major, who help you in the planning process for your careers.

Some of the things that the career advisers help with are devising job search strategies, exploring careers, finding internship opportunities, preparation for graduate school and interviews, as well as writing resumés and cover letters. When it comes to internship opportunities here at Wingate, there are an abundance of them and for a great variety of majors.

When taking internships, regardless of if whether its on-campus or off-campus, you can receive academic credit for your experience. Once you get an internship, you are assigned a faculty internship supervisor who offers you support and guidance throughout the duration of your internship.

All of the internships offered at Wingate can differ depending on who supervises you, but all-in-all, you still gain great experience that can easily catapult you into a great career once graduating.

In the past, Wingate students have worked as interns at a wide variety of accredited companies and organizations. On CVICS website www.wingate.edu/internships-career-services, you can find an extensive list of companies and organizations that Wingate students have interned at in the past and from that particular list, you can see what majors directly coincide with those internships.

In addition to that, they also have a list of of internships that are available now for students to apply for if they are looking into getting an internship this academic year.

If Wingate students are in the need of an internship or career service advising they can set up an appointment with CVICS by filling out a short form on their website that was previously mentioned or email Sharon Robinson with all of their questions.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

The City of Charlotte recovers after the Keith Scott Shooting

Journalists discussed their coverage of protests at SPJ meeting 

Celestia Rene Randolph, Staff Writer

It was a restless atmosphere to begin with, but phones chirping with the tweets of mourners and activists, became the loudest to pierce through the tense atmosphere. Insistent that they receive answers regarding the shooting of Keith Scott.

A local of Gaston, South Carolina and father of seven, protesters and supporters of the “Black Lives Matter” movement kept the city of Charlotte swarming with activity distinctive of a tragedy rather than the typical buzz of city life.

Reporters for The Charlotte Observer, Journalists, and photographers rushed into the center of the action, seeking answers and gathering what information they could from witnesses. The evening of September 22, 2016 became a zoo of hostile activity, demanding acknowledgment on a global scale.

Last Thursday, the local branch of The Society of National Journalists met at a venue downtown to discuss their involvement in the riots. The panel of speakers, accomplished reporters and photographers, recounted their own emotional experiences, the events as they personally witnessed them, and the intercession of the media from both in and outside of Charlotte.

Panel speaker David Sentendrey, digital journalist for FOX 46 television, was the first to recount his feelings on the subject of the protests, and the spiking emotions of African Americans in downtown Charlotte.

At the SPJ event, he recounted his most memorable interview with an individual. Sentendrey approached a very vocal group of young men, singling out a young man from amongst them to attempt a tentative discussion with.

“At first” He said “The guy was agitated and aggressive towards me, the White reporter with a live feed recording device, but after a few minutes, realized my sincerity and began to open up.” The young man expressed his concerns, fears, and the feelings of inferiority he had adopted from a society that convinced him “his skin was ugly”.

The speaker was moved by the youth’s frankness, and viewed the war claiming Charlotte as something more than a destructive feud over injured pride and social prejudices, but instead, understood the conflict to be the reflection of sentiments generations of subtle, as well as direct, insults bred within the community.

While stories similar to Sentendrey’s, occurred in separate rings of the ever expanding circus, unfortunately, it was the haunting images of violence and destruction in the city that earned a world spotlight. While the situation gained awareness rapidly, mostly due to the live streaming professionals covering the story posted to social networks, the two nights of fame brought with them mixed results.

Ryan Pitkin, an editor for Creative Loafing, a news source which reviews the local arts, dining, and public events of several major cities, emphasised the role of social media in the chaos of the riots and protests. By raising awareness through the spread of viral rap videos or “Am I next?” slogans, Twitter and Facebook ensured that no one could miss out on the action, and broadcasted the feelings of protesters to a concerned public, however the more publicity the violence attracted, the more it escalated the intensity of the aggression.

Pitkin distinctly recalled jarring images of rioters resorting to “throwing rocks, and water bottles and 2 x 4 boards” and stripping an officer whose head has been struck by a brick, from “throwing pebbles” and “ripping up grass”.

As reporters from outside of the local sphere flooded in, they attracted extremists and careless youth depending on the attention. At the Thursday night meeting, Bruce Hensly, a major public relations figure, questioned whether or not the media’s continued attention “poked the bear”,and milked the dramatic story for far longer than they should have; he shared his concern for those in his profession, saying that while “it was good for news, it was a nightmare for ‘PR’ representatives, and devastating to Charlotte’s image.”

Speaker Katie Peralta, Journalist for the Observer shared that for those of her profession, it did “make for a good story”, however, she did not believe the extended coverage affected the riots and the increasingly aggressive protests. “Imagery did so much more for a story”, she said, as she told the assembly how the media provided movements a way to express their beliefs.

“It is a representative’s duty to cover a community’s response to systemic racism.” Her memories of the emotional African Americans she had seen gathering together, and the sight of an elderly Black reverend seated on a curb, weeping for his city, motivate the young woman to inform as many Americans she can of the passions of the minorities of the Charlotte area.

By the third night, the situation became controlled, as a curfew was instigated, police units were organized and able to contain the riots, and facts of the Scott case were opened to the public. The noise which had grown far beyond the state of North Carolina died as suddenly as it came.

Reporters and journalists for major networks returned to their big cities and left Charlotte behind, and took the public eye with them. The city is recovering, and though the nation has shifted it’s focus to election controversies, and has already begun to forget the expressions of desperation and fear it observed in Charlotte, NC.

However, the images and moments active SPJ members experienced will remain with them, hopefully to be circulated to their readers and followers on Twitter

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Wingate Soccer hosts Alumni

Alumni homecoming, reflecting on the past

Delaney Smith, Staff Writer

October 14-15 the Wingate Soccer Program celebrated the opening of its new field house by hosting an Alumni Weekend. The festivities began Friday night with a get together at the field house and a co-ed alumni game.

On Saturday between the women’s and men’s games, the Head Coach’s office was dedicated to Coach Jerry Sutton who served as the founding head coach of the senior college men’s soccer team in 1980-81.

The most rewarding part of having the head soccer coach’s office named for me and the players from the first two years is that the program has continued to progress and be very successful,” stated Sutton.

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Currently, the men’s soccer team is undefeated, has been declared the 2016 conference winner, and is ranked #1 in the NCAA top 25 poll. Anyone attending a home game will notice a well groomed field with stands for the fans, a beautiful two story field house, lights for night games, and plenty of parking. But in 1980 when Sutton began the program none of those things existed.

Sutton remembers the start, “we began the program with only a few players that had past experience at a time when soccer was just being established in most high schools.” Soccer was not a prominent sport in the south and recruiting players who had ever played soccer was difficult.“We were playing against teams that were very well established and who had a number of international players who were experienced as their base.”

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Wingate was without a soccer field in those years. The team practiced on a rocky field that was an old football field, and Sutton said they had to travel normally twice a week for a number of miles to play the games. “This would have been stressful even with a team of experienced players.”

During last year’s homecoming, Sutton was honored for beginning the program 35 years ago. Many of his players from the first team surprised him to be there for the memorable night. They have kept in touch with one another over the years, bonded by the experience of learning the game of soccer and helping to establish a program. As I look back on those days, I think we as a team can be proud of the fact that we became competitive from the way we practiced. We also established a bond and played the games with heart and enthusiasm.”

This year, current head coach Gary Hamill celebrated his 25th year at Wingate and 300 wins. The team has developed into a nationally recognized program that attracts players from all over the world.  

My hope is that the players who play for Wingate now will look around and see the great facilities and realize that this was established and seeded by the players and coaches from the first two years of Wingate soccer,” says Sutton.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Space Travel becomes reality

Better get your rockets ready…..its time for a space mission. 

Asherel Kaseorg, Staff Writer

 

Have you ever wished you could just leave this planet and go be a hermit for awhile? Good news- according to President Barack Obama, NASA has plans to send humans to Mars. Obama says, “We have set a clear goal vital to the next chapter of America’s story in space: sending humans to Mars by the 2030’s and returning them safely to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.”

This is very exciting for anyone interested in space travel. Astrophysicist and Wingate University professor Dr. Grant Thompson says that while people used to be incredibly enthusiastic about the United States space endeavor, watching all the launches and landings, but many of the new generation have lost interest. Millions of people aren’t even aware that humans are in space right now, aboard the International Space Station.

The idea of traveling to Mars has gained more attention, though. Whether or not NASA will actually put humans on Mars in the 2030’s is arguable. Some people think there’s no way NASA can meet that deadline, while others say the deadline isn’t soon enough.

Dr. Thompson thinks we should return to the moon before we attempt to go to Mars. “It has been over four decades since we have set foot on the Moon, and we have so much to learn from our nearest astronomical neighbor.”

Thompson says. “Establishing a lunar base, an array of telescopes on the far side, and many other developments seem much more worth it than jumping the Moon to Mars.  At the same time, holding true to the 1960’s platform of showing great power and ability, perhaps we should shoot for more than the Moon, let’s shoot for Mars as a major goal to truly achieve interplanetary travel.”

Before arriving on Mars, NASA plans to test its systems on and around the moon, sending astronauts on spacewalks between 2018 and 2030. Along with NASA, there are several private companies also working to set foot on Mars. One of the more well-known programs is Mars One, which is based in the Netherlands and plans to begin unmanned robot setup missions to Mars in 2020, with one-way manned trips to Mars in 2027.

Another program, SpaceX, has even bigger plans. SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk announced that they aim to establish a million-person Mars colony in the next 50-100 years.

In September, they released their Interplanetary Transport System, which will be the most powerful rocket to date and will carry over 100 people. Not only is it extremely powerful and fast, making the trip in about 80 days, but it will also be a fun trip for the passengers.

It will have movie theaters, restaurants, and lecture halls. And unlike Mars One, there will be return trips. The ships will depart every 26 months, when Mars and Earth align near each other.

While it will certainly be a very long time before normal civilians are able to live on Mars, it will eventually be a necessity. “Humans need to be a multi planet species,”, says NASA. If humans only stay on Mars, we may follow the same fate as the dinosaurs.

Mars is a good planet to start with, because it is relatively similar to Earth. It has roughly the same day and night cycle, and it has water in the form of ice.

“I do think humans will get to Mars,” says Dr. Thompson. “How soon, I don’t know, but it will take centuries to develop and maintain living conditions suitable for extensive expeditions.” Hopefully, we’ll be able to watch the first flights happen with the same excitement that the moon landing gathered.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

 

Wingate Bulldogs gear up to face Carson Newman Saturday

Football Season Recap

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer 

Coach Joe Reich and the Wingate Bulldogs will make their way to Jefferson City, Tenn., at 1 p.m. this Saturday,  where they will take on the Carson-Newman Eagles. Carson-Newman has moved the ball successfully in the past years against the Bulldogs, and now the Bulldogs are eager to go head-to-head with them this weekend.

After week 7, the Wingate Bulldogs football team has an overall record of 6-1 and a conference record of 3-1. The Bulldogs took their first lost this season to the 2015 South Atlantic Conference champions, the Catawba Indians by a 48-26 score. 

This past week, the Bulldogs took on and beat their rival the Lenoir- Rhyne University Bears 49-6 without two of their star players running back Lawrence Pittman, and defensive back redshirt sophomore Kam Johnson who are both out with a season-ending injury.  During the Lenoir-Rhyne game this past Saturday, the Bulldogs also lost redshirt junior wide receiver Adam Riley II also to a now season-ending injury.

Wingate’s head football coach Joe Reich, who is in this 16th season as the Bulldog’s leader, feels that the team is adjusting due to the recent injuries that has occurred on their team. “The team is remarkably resilient” Reich says. “As much as we hate having those guys out, we have to have a ‘next man up’ mentality. LP and Adam would be the first to tell you that. Junior running back Blake Hayes has played two great games in LP’s absence. I feel really good about where we are at right now”.

The Bulldogs has been having a great season so far. Coach Reich feels that the season is going pretty well and he is liking how much effort they are putting into their practices. “The positives this season has to be effort, focus, and team energy. With those things, the wins will come along” Reich says. “As of negatives, those three injuries; it is tough to see those guys work that hard and not get to seem them finish”.

“The highlights from this season so far would simply just be being able to be with my brothers and teammates all year,” senior quarterback Kyle Johnson says. “As it is my last season, I have been trying to soak in every second with my team, and it has been so much fun. I am so lucky that my team has voted me as captain the last three years and have trusted me to help lead our team. I will never be apart of a brotherhood like this one for the rest of my life; there’s nothing like it” Johnson added.

Preparing for an overnight trip for the game on Saturday at Carson-Newman, sophomore defensive back Cameron Mattison, who is a transfer from Toledo University in Ohio, says that preparing for this game was not the least of their troubles.  “Nothing changes from week to week to prepare for a game” Mattison says. “We go in each week with the same mindset. The only thing that changes is the game plan for each team”.

 Johnson and  Mattison both agreed that the coaching staff prepares the team well by explaining how to stop each team. “We just go out and try to execute”, Mattison adds. “Mentally, we all have our different ways to prepare for a game”.

As of right now, the Bulldogs are tied with Catawba for second place in the SAC behind Newberry.  “We try not to look too far into conference standings or ranks” Johnson says. “It does not change how we are going to prepare or play on Saturdays. We know that we will face good teams week by week, so we understand that we have to continue to work as hard as we can to win. I feel great about this week’s game against Carson-Newman”.

As head coach Joe Reich is also making sure his team is motivated. “It is always a challenge to keep it fresh and to keep the guys focused,” Reich mentioned. “We as a staff spend a good deal of time talking about that and how we can change things up every once in awhile. We also put it on the players because great teams know how to finish. Now it is that time to show that. One game at a time and focus on the task at hand” says Reich.