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A Haunting at Scarowinds

Tyler Smith, Staff Writer


Walking through the gates of Scarowinds is the equivalent to stepping into Disney’s famed Halloween movie, “Halloweentown.” Except this is the MTV version, where the friendly ghosts and goblins seem to have taken the wrong turn and became the receivers of endless torture and mad scientist experiments.

For a couple of weeks throughout the year, usually spanning from the end of September to the end of October, the family amusement park, Carowinds, is less concerned with high action thrills than it is with providing scare-seeking chills.

Scarowinds is an adventure within itself, but if you are looking for a little added entertainment, do what I did. Find ten of your closest, loudest friends to partake in the adventure with you, and you will be in for an interesting time.

“As soon as you step in the park you know it was a bad idea but you’re still excited to see what’s going to be there when you turn the corner,” said Wingate junior Abby Saehler.

Whether you are a self proclaimed scare enthusiast or you get dragged to Scarowinds by your persistent friends, the variety of attractions is broad enough for everyone to find a scare to their liking.  There are four main types of attractions: mazes, rides, scare zones and shows.

There are seven different mazes, each with a different theme to cater to each individuals’ worst nightmare: a psychiatric hospital, creepy corn maze, a toy store where the toys are created with human parts, a fun house filled with demented clowns, the land of the zombies and a slaughterhouse where homeless people are mixed in with the livestock.

Mazes are not the only place that you will see monsters. Every walkway is transformed between rides into “scare zones”. Employees lurk around in full costume and sneak up on people before venturing through their next maze or riding the next roller coaster.

“Honestly the best part is that the employees who are dressed up refuse to leave you alone,” sophomore Katie Bludau said. “If they pinpoint you as one of the ones who wants to be left alone, you’re done for.”

Carowinds is usually a go-to family friendly option in the Carolinas, however the coming of the fall season brings with it something wicked in the air. Scarowinds becomes the place to be for horrors and haunts alike. Whether you are interested in riding North America’s longest roller coaster or searching for a scare, the opportunities for thrills are endless at Scarowinds.

Edited By: Kyndra Sanden and Meredith Lalor

Getting to know Dr. Thompson

Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer

Grant Thompson

“I was lying on my back, looking up into the clear sky decomposing lights into one star. That’s when I knew what I wanted to be.”

Dr. Grant Thompson, a physics and astronomy professor at Wingate University, grew up in rural northern Missouri. He saw the sky at a whole different perspective than someone who lived in the city. Dr. Thompson was able to see all the stars that light up our night sky. He was able to hear the wind sing within the trees, and watch nature thrive all around him.

As he grew up, his love for stars and physics became more obvious. He attended the University of Missouri and studied astronomy and physics. He went on to further his education at the University of Kentucky where he received his Masters and Ph.D. in physics and astronomy.

While studying at the University of Kentucky, he met his future wife, Kristen Thompson. She also shares a love for the sky and stars. Kristen has her Ph.D. in physics and astronomy and teaches at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. How could two people be so perfect for each other?

I spoke with Dr. Thompson on what a typical conversation is like between a married couple who both have their Ph.Ds. in physics and astronomy. It is not common that you come across a couple who have such a prestigious background.

“We talk formulas, and we solve equations out loud. Sometimes we will even create a situation or problem and try to figure it out together.” said Dr. Thompson. He admitted that some days he thinks his wife is definitely smarter than him, but others he feels like it his day to shine. Most importantly, they love being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air.

As a college professor, Dr. Thompson said his favorite part of the job was seeing the pure awe and shock of students and the community. “I love the ‘Really? No way, shut up?’ reactions and seeing the look on students faces when the wonder of the universe sinks in for the first time.” said Dr. Thompson.

His goal as a professor is not only to educate students, but he wants all of his students to appreciate nature. He wants them to be aware of the universe and how really small we actually are.

“I want my students to stop looking down, and to look up instead. Space, physics, and knowledge are all around us. I want people to understand how the universe works. They will remember it for the rest of their lives.” said Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Thompson advice to any student is, “Don’t be scared of math. You deal with it every single day. It is always around you. Don’t turn yourself off of it.”

Edited by Dannie Stueber & Brooke Griffin 

Wingate welcomes the Hinson Art Museum

Courtney Bailey and Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

On September 24th, the Hinson Art Museum opened its doors for the first time. A second opening for Wingate University’s staff, faculty, and students followed on Friday. Years ago, Wingate University’s former president, Dr. Jerry McGee, expressed a desire to build an art museum to house the Wingate Permanent Collection. It is because of McGee’s wishes that plans for the Hinson Art Museum were first conceived.

The Hinson Art Museum is currently home to the Ben Long Color Studies, which is a custom-designed fresco for the university entitled, True Art is to Conceal Art. This impressive piece of artwork centers around the theme that creativity and artistry can never truly be destroyed.

The fresco features scenes from the discoveries of the Laocoon statue in Italy and the Lascaux cave paintings in France. The Hinson Art Museum also features works of several other artists, including: Rembrandt, Salvador Dali, Romare Bearden, Dale Chihuly, Andy Smith and a Wingate art professor, Dr. Louise Napier.

The Hinson Art Museum is mainly focused on 20th and 21st century southeastern artists. Many of the artists featured are from nearby towns or counties in North Carolina. Their different artistic styles showcase the rich variety of creativity found throughout the state.

“We are blessed in North Carolina to have the range of artists who live here,” Mrs. Charlene Bregier, the Hinson Art Museum director said. “There is something about this state that draws the artists to move here. That ‘something’ is the landscape—the beach, the mountains, or even the red clay—that makes us a top destination for creativity and creative people.”

Wingate faculty is encouraged to bring their classes to see the collection, as well as arrange a highlights tour with Mrs. Bregier. “Our goal is to engage each person who enters the doors of the museum,” Bregier explained. “People connect with art in different ways due to their backgrounds and personal experiences. Hopefully, there is something for everyone in the Hinson Art Museum.”

The Hinson Art Museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Edited by: Kyndra Sanden and Meredith Lalor

The life of a college physique competitor

John Deluca 3

Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer

Society has this idea that all college students are the same. They all love to party, sleep in late, skip class because they can and put their grades at the end of their priorities. That may be the case for some college students, but not for everyone on Wingate’s campus.

John Deluca, a junior nursing student from Durham, has bigger and brighter plans for his college career: clinching his National Physique Committee Professional card. “It would definitely be a long process, but I’d love to make money competing someday,” said Deluca.

John, a former Wingate baseball player, who decided to hang-up the jersey and focus more on his grades is now a regionally ranked physique competitor. Physique competitions are about proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and the overall condition of one’s body.

This is different from a bodybuilding contest because it primarily focuses on aesthetics and muscle definition rather than size. The regimen of living this lifestyle is not only difficult, but it is also demanding especially when the competitor is a college student who lives on campus with limited resources.

Deluca began his physique career in his childhood home in the basement. Growing up, John was always active playing football and baseball. His parents, Steve and Beverly Deluca also have a passion for being fit while raising healthy children. John’s sister, Melissa, was also an athlete who eventually went on to play volleyball here at Wingate.

The fitness and health lifestyle soon became a family affair. While growing up around weight equipment, John was able to learn a few things from his dad. Eventually, fitness turned into his passion.

John’s daily routine here on campus begins in the early morning with a lot of food, going to class, gym time and studying. For breakfast every single day he eats four eggs, two egg whites, and one cup of sugar free oatmeal.

For lunch and dinner he usually goes to both the café and Klondike. In the café, his meal consists of two turkey patties plain, a spinach chicken wrap and sometimes a protein option that is available. In the ‘Dike, John will order the same chicken wrap and a power bar. “You really have to put down a lot of clean calories if you want to gain weight, which works out nicely for me because I love to eat,” said Deluca.

Since John eats every three hours, he also prepares meals in his apartment. This includes Chicken, tilapia, sweet potatoes, and protein shakes. “It helps to look at food as a source of energy rather than a treat. Then, once you start seeing results it gets addicting,” said Deluca.

For his workouts, John trains a different part of the body every single day. For example, some days he only works his chest, and others he only does shoulders. He works out his core every other day and takes a rest day once a month. He rarely does cardio, and if he does it is when he plays basketball with his roommates. “I just love lifting weights. There’s this bad perception of guys who work out every day. It’s not about trying to be bigger or stronger than the other dudes in there; it’s all about making yourself better,” said Deluca.

On top of all his eating and working out, he manages to find ways to balance out his life. He spends most of his time studying, but he also makes time for his friends. “My roommates have really gotten into lifting over the last couple of years as well, and I love helping them get to where they want to be,” said Deluca.

Deluca has competed in several competitions placing in both. His first show, the GK Classic, was in August of 2014. He entered in the “open class” weighing 175 lbs. He was the youngest competitor on stage out of 9 men. By his surprise, he placed third.

His next competition was the same classic the following summer. This time his division was based on height. He entered the 5’7”-5’10” division that had 15 other competitors. On stage he weighed 190 lbs. This time John came out with the first place finish, a huge trophy and a bag of supplements.

John Deluca is a prime example of how it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle on a college campus.“There are so many different options for people to stay in shape. Whether it is crossfit, powerlifting, distance running, or even Zumba, there’s something out there for everyone to enjoy.” said John. Being healthy does not mean you have to go to John’s extreme diet and routine, but he does show that is it possible.

Edited by Danny Stueber, Brea Childs, Jenna Turner

Passion behind Wingate Swimming

Leigh-Anne Clark, Staff Writer

When most people hear the word passion, they think of an uncontrollable emotion such as love or hate.  Kirk Sanocki, in his fifthteenth season as head coach of Wingate University’s swim team, gives passion a definition of his own.

“Don’t mistake my passion for anger” is heard daily by Sanocki’s swimmers at practice.  Many of his athletes think they have an idea on why their coach is so passionate, but just after a 45 minute interview, it became apparent that there is more behind this man’s passion than just powerful emotion.

When asked about his first impression of Kirk, Wingate Swimming’s Graduate Assistant Bailey Noel replied, “During my first talk with Kirk ten years ago, I could tell how passionate of a man he is”.

When Noel first started swimming at Wingate, he was not sure that it was the right fit for him, so he decided to take a break from school.  Several years later, Coach Sanocki gave him a chance to come back to Wingate, finish school and help coach along the way.

Helping and watching Sanocki’s athletes achieve what they did not believe was possible is his favorite part of the job. Sometimes he wants it more than they want it for themselves.

This is not just inside the pool.  Sanocki said he feels like he has a parental responsibly for each of his 45 swimmers.  Every day he leaves work terrified that something will happen to one of them, and he will not be there to help.

His love and passion for his swimmers goes above and beyond a coach’s mindset.  Coach Sanocki cares for his swimmers more than they could ever imagine.

A word that consistently popped up during the interview was “fear”.  For Sanocki, fear is directly related to passion. One of his biggest fears is finding his climax: “If I have found my greatest success then there is nothing that can beat it, there is no room for improvement and no point in continuing”.

Coach Sanocki said, “The day I lose sight of what I can do for this team and the day I feel satisfied with my improvement and success is the day I throw in the towel.”

Kirk is not about winning. If he sees that his athletes have pushed their limits, improved themselves beyond their expectations and did it as a team, winning is just a bonus.


Edited by: Kyndra Sanden and Meredith Lalor

Getting to know mayor Braswell

Zach Almond and Emma Mowers, Staff Writers


Mayor Bill Braswell is quite familiar with Wingate’s campus as he resides in the home directly across the street from the Neu academic building. Braswell says he enjoys living on campus and likes the energy and unpredictability. “I have grown to appreciate both the students and the trains,” said Braswell.  

Braswell graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1967. He then went on to attend Wake Forest University and graduated in 1971; he has been mayor since 2007. Prior to being elected, Braswell served on the Wingate town commission board since 1999. The mayor is also active within community organizations such as the Wingate Lions Club.

When Braswell was asked what sparked his interest with Wingate’s local government, he said, “Sixteen years ago, the Wingate Commissioners Board expanded from three to five members. I thought my perspective would broaden the board and that I could contribute to the process.”

Braswell believes the most pressing issue the town faces is the construction of the new Wingate Government Center, which will include both the Town Hall and Volunteer Fire Department. The construction will take place in the lot behind Pizza Hut on Main Street. Braswell plans to use his best efforts in the future while promoting the Wingate Downtown area and anticipating the Expressway’s changes.

When asked what he would like to see improved in Wingate, Braswell said, “People in outlying areas already drive to Wingate for their daily walking exercise. Walkways and more sidewalks would provide a greater attraction and could help drive the formation of a growing downtown.”

During an interview with Braswell, discussions of improvements in the town water systems were brought up.  It was obvious Braswell had given extensive thought towards the upkeep and maintenance of the water pipes in Wingate. “Our town cannot grow and prosper without both a sound water and safe sewer system. By the end of this calendar year, we will have completed a decade renovating both systems. During this time, we have had all five commissioners willing to commit almost all of our discretionary efforts toward achieving this goal,” said Braswell.

Edited by Brooke Griffin and Rob Gay

Commuting Students Face Trials and Tribulations

Jonathan Jenkins, Staff Writer

College life has always been characterized by dorms, sleeping in late, parties, and meeting new people. For students living on campus, these events are a normal part of the college experience. However, for those students who commute, the college experience is a little different.

Commuting is not an easy choice for your college experience. While it is a cheaper option than staying on campus, it is often a lonely road to travel down. One of the hardest things for commuters is making friends on campus. With the limited time commuters spend on campus, it can be hard to build relationships with other students.

Commuters have the library and other areas to relax during their down time, but unless you know someone who lives on campus you do not have your own personal area.

For many commuters, the most frustrating part of commuting is the parking. With the amount of commuting students increasing each year, parking spaces have become limited. Arte Elliott, a Junior, commented on the parking situation stating that Wingate needs to have more parking.

Many commuters have complained about these frustrations, and these voices have not been ignored. Wingate has focused on improving the on-campus life and parking for commuting students.

Diana Coyle, a director in the Student Resources Office discussed Wingate’s plans for the future. This year, the SGA has introduced several new plans to help connect the commuters with the on-campus life. With approval by the Student Government Association (SGA), a commuter committee has been created.

Ana Acosta, a commuting student, has been assigned as the new Commuter Assistant. She helps all commuters, but specifically focuses on new and transfer students. This gives commuters someone to meet with and talk to for assistance.

Student Resources have even introduced a program called Commuter Connections, also known as Recharge. This program provides meals for commuters during both Welcome and Finals Week.

There have been adjustments made to the parking also. These changes have provided more parking spaces for commuters. Commuter representatives have also worked on a place for commuters to relax. That vision has turned into the newly renovated Ames Turnout. These improvements have shown a change in the attitude and focus towards commuters.

The commuter life has never been as easy as living on campus. The changes that Wingate continues to make are a promising future for all commuters. The number of commuters that will take advantage of these opportunities have yet to be seen, but the environment that has been created is encouraging to get more students involved.

Edited by Kyndra Sanden and Danny Stueber