SGA looks foward to a better future for the Wingate campus

Shane Rich, Staff Writer

While the new semester is kicking into gear, Wingate’s Student Government Association shifts focus on bettering student experiences on campus. Even though in past years SGA has done much for the student body, they look to build on that momentum to make campus life even better for the future.

According to the President of SGA Amanda Alling, “some of the things SGA has planned for this upcoming semester includes our weekly Coffee in the Quad events from 9-10 am every single Tuesday, located in the Academic Quad. We do this to provide a quick bite to eat and engage with some students on campus. We [also] hold a portion of a meeting called, ‘#WUVOICE’ which is a time for students to give their own announcements and ask questions.” Alling also spoke about how she is excited to see what the future holds for SGA, especially when it comes to the development of underclassmen.

When asked about how SGA will be run differently this semester as compared to past semesters , Alling responded, “Things are not going to be done super differently, but we are placing more of an emphasis on engagement this year. We want everyone’s experiences with SGA to be meaningful and impactful. One of our most important missions is to ensure that this happens and that every single student feels valued and important at Wingate University,” which is something SGA has done and continues to do for many years.

“As far as becoming an actual member, elections are held at the end of the school year for Executive Board positions and senator committee positions.” Alling said. 

SGA also has a summer planning retreat, in which they take the time to outline their goals for Wingate and the student body. These goals as well as the SGA mission statement are outlined below.

Goals:

Create and utilize a marketing and communication plan to efficiently and effectively promote and connect students with SGA.

Enhance the student experience through increasing involvement in SGA and campus activities, while creating avenues to promote and cultivate Bulldog Spirit.

Using effective and efficient planning to better define and delegate SGA roles, expectations, and engagement within committees and events.

Mission Statement:

We are devoted to developing a student-powered organization that effectively directs the student’s vision into reality as well as reflecting the standards and values of Wingate University. SGA also strives to serve as an organization that aims to create unity and pride in the community.

Edited by: Brea Childs

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Student Athlete Spotlight: Hannah Hinson

Mason Teague, Staff Writer

A ton of athletes across different sports tell about how they have always loved playing their sport ever since they were a little kid. In the case of junior women’s track & field student-athlete Hannah Hinson of Suffolk, Va., being a thrower began during her freshman year in high school.

At a football game her freshman year, Hinson was approached by a P.E. teacher, who encouraged her to come out for throwing on the school’s track & field team that spring.  She decided to take the chance and try out, which proved to be one of the best choices she ever made.

“I immediately fell in love with throwing when I started,” says Hinson.  “It felt really natural from the beginning and I knew that it was something that I wanted to get good at.”

Hinson threw discus and shotput all four years of high school at Kings Fork High, and decided her senior year to pursue her passion at the collegiate level at Wingate.  The transition from throwing in high school to college, however, was a lot more difficult than she anticipated.

“It was definitely a big change in terms of the different training styles between high school and college, as well as how much more the coaching staff at Wingate demands of you than high school coaches,” says Hinson.“But the coaches at Wingate have pushed me to be better every day since I’ve been here, which really helped me to get used to everything very quickly.”

Hinson throws hammer, discus and shotput for the outdoor and indoor Women’s Track & Field team, and has had a large amount of success in the two years she has participated.  She broke the school record for indoor hammer throw, also known as weight throw, at the JDL Fast Track Meet in 2016, as well as winning All-SAC honors for hammer throw (2016, 2017) and discus (2017).

As she continues to challenge herself each season, Hinson has created two personal goals for herself during her junior season.

“I want to be the first thrower in Wingate history to make Nationals for indoor this year,” says Hinson.  “I also want to win discus and hammer throw in the SAC for outdoor this year.”

As the new season begins, Hinson sees a lot of potential for her team as they compete against other schools in the SAC conference.

“We challenge each other every day by competing against one another to be the best at our sport out of the entire team,” Hinson says.“I believe that this healthy competition is going to help us when we compete against other throwers because we will already have that competitive edge that we give one another on the team.”

 

Edited by Brendan Shriver

Wingate comes back on Miscenko’s strong second half performance

JT Stokes, Staff Writer

Marta Miscenko’s 28 point effort pushes #21 Wingate (19-3, (13-2 SAC) to a 70-59 SAC victory over LMU (13-10, 9-8 SAC).

Wingate won their eighth straight game thanks to efforts from Wingate University senior center Marta Miscenko, who recorded her 22nd career double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Bulldogs in another South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball victory over Lincoln Memorial University Saturday afternoon in Cuddy Arena.

The defending South Atlantic Conference tournament champions are undefeated at home with a 12-0 record during the 2017-18 season. Bulldog juniors Caroline Averette, Danasia Witherspoon, and Courtney Robinson combined for 31 points in the win.

For Lincoln Memorial, junior guard Emily Griffith had 17 points. Freshman center Cameryn DuBose matched Miscenko’s double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guard Shea Coker contributed 11 points in the loss.

Box Score Notables

LMU lead Wingate 44-43 at the end of the third quarter. Wingate outscored LMU 27-15 in the fourth quarter.

Miscenko had 13 points alone in the fourth quarter.

The Bulldogs shot 80 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter.

LMU shot 26 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter.

Wingate outrebounded LMU 41-32. Witherspoon had nine rebounds.

The game changed leads eight times.

What happened

First Quarter: LMU led Wingate 16-14 after the first quarter. Wingate went only 4-of 22 from the floor shooting a low 18.2 percent. The first quarter alone had four tie scores and four lead changes.

Second Quarter: Lincoln Memorial gained an eight point advantage in the first minutes in the second quarter, which was LMU’s biggest lead of the afternoon. Wingate outscored LMU 11-2 to end the second quarter putting the Bulldogs up 30-28 at halftime. Miscenko lead the way with 11 points in the first half.

Third Quarter: Wingate added to their halftime lead by scoring the first 6 points of the period. LMU responded immediately scoring eight unanswered points to tie the game 36-36 on a three-point field goal by junior guard Rachel Griffith. LMU outscored the Bulldogs to make the score 44-40 LMU with 1:24 to go but Wingate junior guard Taylor Helms answered with a three-point field goal on the other end to finish the scoring in the third.

Fourth Quarter: A strong fourth quarter ended the game for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs responded went on a 10-0 run, concluded by two Witherspoon free throws with 3:18 left, which gave Wingate its largest lead of the afternoon at 61-47. LMU would not get within seven points in the final stretch and Miscenko made five-of-six field goals and three-of-four free throws in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs turn the tide.

“Once again, the second effort was strong. Marta came alive in the second half and gave them some problems. We did a good job of getting her the ball where she could be successful. Winning the boards and getting to the line was big. Every game is important and this one was no different. We know winning at home is crucial,” Wingate Head Coach Ann Hancock said.

“Our team really comes alive in the fourth quarter defensively. We feel like there’s a certain sense of urgency that our team has. We were able to buckle down and get a good win,” Marta Miscenko said.

Wingate will be on the road against the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears (14-11, 8-9 SAC) on Wednesday, February 14th at 6 pm.

Edited by Brendan Shriver

 

Wingate blown out by LMU in Men’s Basketball

Philip Harris, Staff Writer

The Wingate Men’s Basketball team (12-12, 9-7 SAC) was unable to keep up with the high-powered #1 team in the country, falling to the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (23-1, 17-0 SAC) 93-65 on Saturday afternoon.

Wingate started the game off hot, jumping out to a 13-10 lead early in the first half of the game. LMU, however, scored the next eight points to take an 18-13 lead on a Dorian Pinson layup with 9:16 left in the half. The Bulldogs were able to pull within three on a Marco Haskin’s three-point play, but the Railspittters went on to score 19 out of the next 21 points and the visitors led 49-29 at halftime.

“We got away from the game plan for a brief moment, but that is all it takes against them,” said coach Brian Good when asked about the first half.     

The second half didn’t get any better for the Bulldogs with the Railsplitters going on a 21-5 run pushing the lead to a game-high of 34 points. Jeremy Williams scored 8 straight points for Wingate to chop the lead down to 26. The closest the Bulldogs got the rest of the way was 22 points.

Trevon Shaw led the Railsplitters with 24 points while shooting eight-of-12 from three-point range. Emanuel Terry also had 22 points and 11 rebounds going eight-for-11 from the field.

Freshman guard Kendrick Tucker had 14 points to lead the Bulldogs offense, and also added three steals and two rebounds. Junior guard Marco Haskins also had 14 points along with five rebounds.

Wingate will look to rebound on Wednesday when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne (10-13, 8-9 SAC) for an 8pm tip off.

Edited by Brendan Shriver  

Bulldogs come up short against Queens in men’s basketball

Wessli-Ann Hardee, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team (12-11, 9-6 SAC) put up a strong fight against the #2 team in the country, Queens University (22-1, 14-1 SAC), but unfortunately fell short of a victory with a score of 88 – 71, on Wednesday night in Cuddy Arena.

“It will take a perfect game to beat the #2 team in the country,” said Wingate Assistant coach Marcus Kirkland before Wednesday night’s game.

A perfect game was what the Bulldogs strived for, as they put up a strong first half against the Royals.

Marco Haskins started the first half with a 3-pointer in the first minute of play. The Bulldogs trailed the Royals the entire first half, as it seemed the Royals had an answer for Wingate’s every move. The Bulldogs were down by eight with a score of 41-33 going into halftime.

“I felt we played very hard to start the game. We threw them off with our zone and it took them a while to figure it out,” said Wingate senior guard Zeriq Lolar.

The Bulldogs came out with a vengeance in the second half. They were within two points against the Royals, six minutes into the half after a dunk by Quantra Taylor.

But due to several turnovers in the last 14 minutes, the Bulldogs allowed the Royals to overtake them, sending them to their 11th loss of the season.

“Once the second half started, we had a good energy, but then around the 12-minute mark we fell apart and didn’t play well. We lacked communication within our zone and that led to wide open layups and threes,” said Lolar.

Hoskins lead the team with 21 total points, followed by Lolar with 10 points and Quantra Taylor grabbed 11 rebounds. Todd Withers lead the Royals with 19 points, going 8-of-12 from the field and Ike Agusi led the Royals in the rebounding column with four.

The Bulldogs have now lost four straight games to Queens after beating the Royals twice during the regular season last year. Queens defeated Wingate in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship Game and in the first round of the Division II Regionals a year ago.

The Bulldogs are back in action when they face Lincoln Memorial (22-1, 16-0 SAC) on Saturday, at 4 p.m. in Cuddy Arena. LMU is leading the conference and is #1 in the nation in Division II, so Wingate must regroup quickly if they want to pull off a monumental upset after taking #2 Queens to the wire for most of the game.  

Edited by Brendan Shriver

 

VITA club students are helping those in the community to file their taxes

Savanna Harris, Staff Writer

It’s always refreshing to hear that the people in your community are helping those in need. What’s even better is when those volunteers are coming from your very own college campus.

Part of the Wingate University mission statement is to take advantage of opportunities to go beyond the campus itself and make a difference, and that is exactly what the students of VITA are doing.

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Photo Credit: Savanna Harris

VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, is a nationwide program that offers free income tax preparation not only to low-income families, but to people with disabilities, people who speak limited English, and to the elderly, as well. The Wingate University branch of the program was started in 2008 by Dr. Bob Threatt, Assistant Professor of Accounting. His goal was to apply the knowledge of the Business School in a way that would make a significant impact and comply with the service component of the Wingate mission statement.

One of the most surprising aspects of this program is that there are no prerequisite requirements to be a volunteer. If a student desires to be apart of the program, they must only pass three online IRS tests. Before the tests, they are given IRS booklets to study over the holiday break.

The entire process also counts as a three-credit course and a ninety hour internship. Students must put in approximately fifty hours of studying and preparation, and approximately forty hours of doing the actual tax returns.

It is very student friendly due to the fact that the volunteer hours are not demanding. The volunteers simply send in a schedule to the VITA headquarters in Monroe stating the days and times that they are available.

It is no surprise that this program has been remarkably successful during its ten years of operation. According to Dr. Threatt, all of the feedback he has received has been positive, and Union County particularly enjoys having Wingate students volunteer.

During our interview, he recalled a time when the IRS sent an agent to come review the overall performance of the student volunteers, as well as how well our branch of the program was running. The agent went as far as to say that this was one of the best VITA locations he had ever visited, and that he was greatly impressed at how the students interacted with their clients.

Luis Aguilar, finance major, and Beau Hildebrand, accounting major, both of whom are seniors and VITA volunteers, reflected on how VITA has changed their own lives, as well as the lives of those they have helped.

Aguilar described feeling humbled, and called to mind a specific memory with a client of his. “I remember helping one lady who had two little kids. Her family was very cute and you could definitely see the unity.”

Hildebrand gave a different perspective, going on to say, “I haven’t officially started working yet, but so far I’ve had a great experience learning about the tax process, and I look forward to getting to know the people I work with better.”

All in all, there have been sixty-eight Wingate University students who have participated in VITA, completing an average of forty tax returns each, equalling around 2,700 tax returns throughout ten years.

Our volunteers have gotten a total of $6,646,160 in tax refunds for their clients. In the fine words of Dr. Threatt, “It has been much more than I ever dreamed it would be.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

Limited parking at Wingate has students feeling frustrated

Keyana Daye, Staff Writer

With the admission of over 1,000 freshman students last semester, which is almost double the size of all previous classes, there was bound to be some issues. One of the biggest issues to most students, and even faculty, would be parking.

No matter which parking lot you pull into, the game of luck always seems to be in full effect. With a grand total of 2,616 parking spaces on our campus it should be easy to find a convenient place to park but most students can’t even park in the lots outside of their own dorm. So, of course the issue of parking is very prominent to Wingate University students.

At the very beginning of the Fall 2017 semester, four overflow lots were added. Their locations are at the precarious gravel lot by the Cafeteria, on Camden Street near the intersection of Oak and Camden, and there are two lots on Faculty Drive.

However, most students are hesitant to park in those lots. Some stating the issue of tardiness because of the distance these lots are from their classes and or the issue of safety.

Some students, like Jaycie Haymore, work late at night and when it comes time to return to her dorms there are no open spaces in the lots closest to her residence hall. According to Officer Jane Horne, you have the option of calling Campus Safety for an escort if you park in one of the overflow lots that aren’t as close to your dorm or apartment building, in case you don’t feel safe.  

Jaycie Haymore recounts, “And even if I park in a far lot, like behind McGee, it’s scary to walk back to Beam. I’ve even had someone follow me and catcall me.”. If she had known about this information beforehand, or if there were more panic buttons around campus then her situation could have been avoided, she believes.

When students were asked where they often saw people getting ticketed, most of the popular locations were behind the Neu building and the cafeteria parking lot. To avoid these tickets, students should be aware of the designated permit required for the lot, park inside an actual space, and to not park in the grass ever.

There have been several occasions where residential lots are riddled with commuter cars parked in their spaces, and likewise. It is a frustration that is mutually shared amongst all students and faculty alike when this situation could be avoided with mutual respect and understanding by all.

Most students report that parking for the new spring semester has not improved. With that concern in mind it was important to address the rumor floating about that the next class of freshman would not be allowed to bring their cars to campus.

However, Officer Jane Horne reports, “As of today, the freshman will be able to bring their cars to campus. I do not know if it will change in the future.”. She also reports that the University has not yet decided to add any more parking lots next semester.
When presented with this information freshman commuter Kimberly Duong says, “I think that’s a bad move for everyone. Commuters already have it hard as it is, and having more cars and the same amount of spaces only calls for more issues.”. The issue of parking may never be fully solved but all further questions can be answered by Campus Safety.

Edited by: Brea Childs