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.

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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