QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s your favorite thing about Homecoming?

This weekend is Homecoming at Wingate, so the COM 220 News Writing class is out asking people what their plans are and what they like most about this annual celebration:

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Casey Roux, a freshman, says she is looking forward to the football game with Mars Hill. “This is such an exciting time and I will be attending as many events as I can.”

For communications major Brendan Schreiber, it’s all about the football:

Here’s senior Isiah Cureton, who likes seeing the visitors on campus:

Dr. Sergio Castello talks about the School of Business’ plans:

 

DeSaray Brockett, a freshman from Durham says she goes to all the home football games and will be there Saturday. She says she started Homecoming week by going to the BSU party this past weekend.

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Men’s Basketball Team Preview

2016 Wingate Men’s Basketball Team 

Kori Adams, Staff Writer

The Wingate Men’s basketball team is now starting to prepare for the upcoming season.  They have started full team practices and will be having their first game on Friday, November 11th versus Limestone College.

Last season the team finished with a record of 23-10 overall and 16-6 in the conference.  They made a run in the NCAA tournament, but couldn’t quite win it all.  The Bulldogs lost in the semifinals against Lenoir Rhyne University, ending their season.

“We had a great year last year so we will have a target on our back from the start.” Junior guard, Zeriq Lolar says. “With the way the competition is in our conference we can never take any game lightly. I feel like this year will be a successful season for our team.”

After losing only one senior last year, (Xavier Griffin at point guard) the Bulldogs will have many key returning players. Senior forward, Isaiah Cureton and sophomore guard, Mike Baez will be back for the team after earning All-SAC honors last season.  Seniors, Keith Griffin, Anthanee Doyle, and Josh Dominguez will all be coming back as a strong force for the team along with juniors, Lee McCall, Zeriq Lolar, and redshirt-junior, Kerigan Farely.

“Each of these players are capable of double digit scoring any given night,” says Coach Good.  “Our quality of depth on the team is very strong this year. I think it’ll be really difficult for teams to focus on one or two guys each night.”

Along with the strong returning players, Wingate also brings in five new freshmen.  Jeremy Williams (Monroe, NC), Carson Corpening (Hickory, NC), Stephen Misenheimer (Albemarle, NC), Charlie Hovasse (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Quantra Taylor (Indian Land, SC) will all add to the strength of the team.

The Bulldogs will start off conference play at home in Cuddy arena on November 22nd against Lenoir Rhyne.  The team is very excited to be on the court and start a new season.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

 

 

Mold and Mildew issue in Student Dorms

University provides necessary tools to improving the issue

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

          Wingate University students are complaining after finding mold throughout their dorm rooms. Mold has been found in the two residence halls: J.M. Smith and Helms.

Alexis Jones, a junior Residential Assistant for J.M. Smith, said she has had five residents of the dorm report to her about mold in their dorm rooms. Jones said she has found mold in her own dorm room as well.

“I found it on my tapestries, under my bed, on my bed-frame, in my closet, and on my shoes.” said Jones.

Jones said she went to maintenance about the mold in her room, and a mold team was sent to clean out the mold. Jones found mold again after it had been cleaned out, the mold team then provided her with a dehumidifier.

The mold team said that humidity is what causes the mold. Jones said the dorm is so humid that she has to clean out the humidifier once a day.

The mold team is only providing dehumidifiers if cleaning out the mold in the rooms does not work first. Wingate University is advising residents to bring their own dehumidifiers. The University has even added dehumidifiers to the freshman checklist for ‘what to bring’ to live in the dormitories.

A high quality dehumidifier, like the ones provided by the University, can get up to almost $2,000.

Wingate University has also taken measures of informing their residents of the mold and mildew issue on their homepage under student-life/residence-life: https://www.wingate.edu/student-life/residence-life/mold-and-mildew/. On this site, the University provides steps to prevent the mold and mildew.

The University advises residents to always report water problems such as dripping faucets immediately, and to never leave wet towels, shoes, or clothes lying around.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Basketball prepares for upcoming season

Winter Sports Preview: Women’s Basketball

Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

Fall sports are beginning their descent as the winter sports of Wingate University begin to rise with both Wingate’s men’s and women’s basketball teams starting practice 2 weeks ago.

The SAC women’s basketball champions finished out the season 24-9 after losing to Columbus State in the NCAA Division II Tournament, 79-72.

Senior guard Shelby Tricoli (2016 SAC Tournament MVP), Graduate guard Amber Neely, Sophomore guard Danasia Witherspoon (2016 All-rookie team), Sophomore guard Courtney Robinson (2016 All-rookie team), Junior center Marta Miscenko. Senior forward/center Kristina Rumplasch and Senior guard Alex Tomlinson return this season with two new additions to the 2016 SAC champions roster,  Freshman guard Lindsey Barker and Freshman forward Jordan Quick.

I believe that we will do big things this season.” Said Marta Miscenko, “We have girls with experience and we have a good team chemistry which plays a big role. So, once we get some more into the season and in the groove of things, we should be good.”

 The Triangle was able to catch up with the Women’s basketball head coach, Ann Hancock to talk about the upcoming season. “I’m excited to get the season started but it seems like we don’t get much time for official practice before the season actually starts.” Said Coach Hancock.

“If we can stay healthy, we have a very talented team returning.  Our team is a veteran team with experience. Each returning player brings a different aspect to the game which will make us difficult to defend.”  

According to Coach Hancock, the team only graduated two players: Morgan McGee and Alysia Hudson. “In my opinion, our experience and depth are strong points this season.”

The bulldogs start their season with an exhibition game against Elon University on Oct. 29 at Elon. The first official game is on Nov. 11 vs. Armstrong State in the PBC-SAC Challenge Tournament.

The SAC champs’ first home game is the second game of the season on Nov. 22 against the bears Lenoir Rhyne.

“Our first home game is against a difficult conference opponent so we will have to be ready from the beginning.”

For more information on the season and statistics, go to wingatebulldogs.com.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Sustainability Project Brought to Wingate

Saving the environment one bike at a time

Sara Gunter, Staff Writer

Wingate University brings new eco-friendly project to campus. A group of students and administrators came together to form a committee called a sustainability committee. With a passion for the environment they created an idea for campus. Their idea was approved for a bike share program.

This bike share program brings 32 bikes to campus. Bikes are available at 8 different locations across campus with an average of 4 bikes per location. All it requires is a student ID.

In order to take advantage of this you must download the new app, Movatic. This app is free on the app store, once on the app input your information. Then click on the private system button, type in Wingate University. Once approved by an administrator, you can then see a map showing all the different locations.

I spoke with Alexis Whiteside a student involved with the creation of the bike share program. She told me she is excited because,” it will be easier to get exercise.” Alexis believes that it will encourage students to move and ride a bike to class, or ride it to campus lake. She hopes that students will take advantage of this opportunity.

With this project comes the hope for making the campus more of “green” environment. “The environment is very important and if bikes are what it takes to make this campus more eco-friendly then I think it’s a good addition,” Alexis said.

As of right now once a bike is checked out of the location there is no set time limit for how long you can use the bikes however Alexis said, “that might change just depending on how used the bikes are or if students become super interested in this idea.”

This isn’t the only idea that the university hopes to implement. Alexis tells me that the University is working on adding a solar project to campus. The university could be adding solar panels to buildings in the near future.

If interested in saving the environment or learning more about this project contact Alexis Whiteside, al.whiteside467@wingate.edu. There is also a club on campus called Bulldogs Going Green that students can join in order to contribute to campus and the environment. This organization can be found on WUSync.

The History of Halloween

SPOOKY……..SKELETONS……..GHOSTS………COSTUMES 

Asherel Kaseorg, Staff Writer

 

It’s the end of October, and that means Halloween is in just one week! Front porches and yards are filled with skeletons, spiderwebs, and spooks, and store aisles are full of pumpkin-themed candy for trick-or-treaters.

Halloween is actually responsible for one fourth of all the candy sold in the United States, and 6 billion dollars are spent on it every year. Now this day is full of little kids dressed as their favorite princess or superhero asking for candy. This holiday actually has a lot of history behind it.

Halloween came from a day known as Samhain, a Celtic festival where people would dress up to ward off ghosts. The first day of their year was on November 1, which was the end of harvest season and summer. They believed that the night before this, the world of the living and the world of the dead intertwined a little bit, allowing spirits to return to earth and wreak havoc. The presence of these spirits also allowed druids to predict the future. They would make these predictions during a giant bonfire, sacrificing animals and crops to their deities.

When the Romans conquered Celtic territories, they combined their own holidays with Samhain. One was Feralia, and the other was a day to honor Pomona. This holiday is where the tradition of bobbing for apples started.

Over the years, the festivals changed slightly, and the day after Samhain was named All Saints’ Day or All-hallows, and Samhain became All-hallows Eve. Eventually this became Halloween.

Originally Halloween wasn’t celebrated in many areas of the American colonies. There would be celebrations for the harvest, and similar to Samhain, people would dress up, tell fortunes, and there were many ghost stories and pranks. In the mid-1800s, many new immigrants came to America, and with them, new Halloween traditions.

Trick-or-treating began here. By the beginning of the 20th century, Halloween had lost most of its spookiness due to a movement to make the holiday more about community and friendship.

Today, we have a nice mixture of scary traditions and fun traditions. Here at Wingate University, there is a festival and haunted trail featuring our own spooky monster, the Wyooter. Driving through nearby neighborhoods, you can see houses that went all-out with their decorations. One near Matthews has a family of skeletons sitting in a birdbath, and a house near Waxhaw has an entire outside wall covered in cobwebs and giant spiders. Hopefully this year we can make it all the way through Halloween before the Christmas music starts.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Technology benefits students in the classroom

Technology not just at home but in the classroom

Josh Dominguez, Staff Writer

This month’s Union County Public School Board meeting was hosted at Cuthbertson High School. Cuthbertson has made it a point to prove technology has been emphasized over the years in schools as a learning tool to help students.

Cuthbertson High School has taken the non-traditional approach to enhance the nature of classroom learning for their students with the addition of multiple technological uses.

Over time technology has been criticized for being used in the classroom as “taking the easy way out” Cuthbertson thinks differently from that. Classrooms in Cuthbertson High School are filled with smartboards, laptops, and a lot of digital learning.

Teaching students in a way that they can understand and connect to is an important area in which this particular high school takes pride in.

Some of the things that they use the technology for in class is very interactive. For example, if a student were to be struggling in understanding something the smartboard allows the teacher to highlight the words or section on the screen so that the student can visually see what is being explained.

In addition to the smartboard, the High School has a college feel to it, in that a lot of the classes have their own course website. This allows the students to be on their laptops in class to follow along with the power points or digital notes being explained.

Cuthbertson High School students made a brief video exhibiting the uses of the technology in the classroom. “Having our laptops in class give us the ability to not only see what is up on the board, but have it in front of us so that we can look over it if we did not understand it.” said a current student from Cuthbertson.

The school board praised Cuthbertson for being one of many high schools that have taken the education to the next level by incorporating technology in the classroom.

The UCPS school board is in the efforts of increasing the budget to help the cause of technology in the classroom. “With the potential of us increasing the budget we want to be able to get the best products for our students, being Apple products, and even more software options to provide to our students.”

The school board meets monthly and in these meetings an array of topics are discussed and the board members vote on certain topics, but also allow for local teachers to pitch their ideas about what is needed in the school system. Union County Public Schools is one of the best in the state and the board plans for it to keep growing.

Edited by: Sara Gunter