Track and field moves outdoors after record-breaking indoor season

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

Wingate University men and women’s indoor track and field season has closed and is now ready to begin the outdoor season. Meanwhile in indoors season, many records were broken along with many personal best.

Sophomore Isaiah Kyle (Morristown, TN), is currently sitting second in the nation in Division II in high jump with a height of 2.17 meters. Senior Olisa Obiefuna (Saugus, Mass.) ended the indoor regular season as 11th in the nation in triple jump, while junior Nate Patterson (Mauldin, S.C) will finish 18th.

Over on the women’s side,  there is a pretty good chance of being 2017 SAC outdoor champions this season, because Wingate has a strong team this year. Freshman Tarah Young (Albany, Ga) has made a significant impact on the team. Since coming to Wingate, Young has broken the indoor 200 meter dash record (24.74) along with the 400 meters dash (56.47) records.

According to the NCAA DII indoor national standings, Young finished the regular season as 43rd in the nation for the 200 meter dash and became 39th in the nation in the 400 meter dash. She has set high expectations for herself.

Also on the women’s side, Vanisha Wilshire (Louisburg, N.C.) who has been battling with minor injuries this indoor season finished the regular season as 16th in the nation in women’s high jump with a height of 1.70 meters and 35th in the nation in long jump.

“Indoor season has been one for the books,” head coach Travis LeFlore said. “We are ending the indoor season on a great note and taking some athletes to nationals and we are looking forward to the outdoor season. The team (men and women) have been working hard over the last few months and improving in the weight room and on the track; I could not be more excited to see what this outdoor season brings us. We have a very strong and tough group this year and we expecting to do some great things, maybe even bring home the SAC Championship title on both sides”.

The NCAA selection list will come out Tuesday, February 28th to show which athletes will compete in the Division II National Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama on March 9-11th. The Wingate University’s track and field men and women’s team will head to the Charlotte 49ers Classic for their outdoor season opener on March 17-18th, 2017.

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Edited By: Brea Childs

Review on the new Resident Evil 7 Biohazard

Danny Steuber, Staff Writer

The Resident Evil franchise dates back to 1996 and has had multiple games whether being mainline or spin offs. They basically invented the survival horror genre with mechanics revolving around limited ammo and needing to survive dangerous enemies at the same time as needing to solve puzzles.  

Then with Resident Evil 4-6, it became more of an action series with some “horror elements” but it lost its way from what made the series special in the first place. Even though Resident Evil 6 was a monetary success, it was panned by critics and fans alike to where it seemed the numbered series was dead.  

Cut to five years later, and Resident Evil 7 launches by fully reinventing itself again, this time being first-person perspective and more focused on the horror elements. Not only was this the right thing to do for the franchise, it also now became my second favorite game in the series. 

You play as Ethan Winters, a man who receives a message from his wife who disappeared three years ago, saying to come get her in Louisiana. Once he gets there though he finds it to not be a cakewalk; as he encounters dead animals and a creepy house that he must navigate to continue forward. 

Skip forward a bit and he is being held captive by a backwoods family named the Bakers who want to mess with him mentally and physically till they murder him. The player must avoid and defeat the Baker family and find his wife while trying to escape from them and monsters alike. 

The game really has the feel of old horror movies such as the Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw Massacre which really adds to the terror of it all. The set up and environments were terrifying through my whole play through and even playing it again multiple times I always found something new to scare me and make me feel at ease.  

In case you couldn’t tell already, this is a pure horror game. If you’re not ok with horror, excessive gore, and things that are included in that genre I would stay away. This was not only a fun adventure game with good mechanics, but it was also the scariest game I have played in years and it will stay with me for a long time.  

The gameplay is the same as any first-person shooter game because you have guns to fight and the ability to block. That’s really it. You’ll find a variety of weapons from pistols to flame throwers but ammo and supplies are scarce which really adds to the tension of the game not knowing if you’ll be able to defend yourself in the next fight or not. 

A lot of games that go for a horror setting with limited supplies normally end up making you over prepared by the end but not this game. Basically, all the way to the end you have to stay on your toes and be really careful with each shot. All of this combined with a good shooting system and a satisfying story of finding out going on with the bakers and trying to find your player’s wife, keeps you on the edge of your seat for the 10-12 hour campaign.  

By time the credits roll around and I’ve gotten all my questions answered, I just want to jump back in and to this day I have beaten the game around 8 times and plan to keep playing. It’s just so much fun that I can’t put it down.  

As a side note, I played this game with the PlayStation VR headset. Because it adds to the overall experience of the game. You also can aim with your head movements which is much better than just aiming with a stick and I never felt nauseous at all which is a rarity for virtual reality games. 

This game is a great reason to own a PSVR headset and it catapulted the game from a great time to a memorable experience that I’ll never forget. You can play this game without VR of course but if you have the opportunity I recommend it 100%.  

After your first play through and after really learning how the game works, later playthroughs become very easy (I can now beat the game every time in 2 hours or less compared to my first 12 hour play through) but with a bunch of unlockables, such as over-powered guns and unlimited ammo, you’ll want to play it multiple times. 

Not only that, but once you beat it the first time you unlock a new difficulty mode which makes the game much harder and changes enemy and item placement through the whole game basically making it a totally new experience. 

Overall, this game gets everything right for a Resident Evil game and for a horror game. If I had to complain about anything, the second to last section of the game is not fun on multiple playthroughs and I wish it had a little more substance. The DLC so far has added four side stories and two new game modes which are all fun but I feel like they should have been in the main game itself instead of sold separately later on.  

A free DLC story will be coming in the spring, which is a nice touch and I just can’t wait to spend even more time in the world. Those are all nitpicks, so if you love the horror genre or liked the Resident Evil franchise before it took a nose dive, know that you will not be disappointed with this game and it already is one of my favorite games of the year.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard 9.5/10

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Edited by: Brea Childs

Wingate Softball team is looking to Rebuild in the 2017 Season

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

During the 2016 season, the Wingate Bulldogs Softball team finished 32-16 overall and 15-7 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bulldogs lost six seniors, who were also key players. The Bulldogs lost seniors, Mellena Helms, Emily Usiak, Taylor Laskey, Shannen Adams, Jordan Wilson, and Stacey Houser.

Mellena Helms lead the team in several categories during the 2016 season including; slugging percentage, hits, runs scored, triples, home runs, total bases, stolen base percentage, and total plate appearances. Taylor Laskey lead in a few categories as well, and held the highest batting average (.372) throughout the 2016 season.

After losing six seniors, the Bulldogs added seven freshmen to the 2017 roster. “We have a really young team this year,” said head coach Lani Shaffer, “so we are going through our growing pains as a young team but eventually will work out all the kinks.”

The seven newcomers for the Bulldogs are; Jessica VonCannon, Rebekah Woods, Aubrey Reep, Emma Swenson, Mary Claire Coyne, Jordan McDuffie, and Jordan Floyd. Six of the seven freshmen are starters for the bulldogs.

VonCannon starts in left field for the bulldogs, Swenson at shortstop, and Coyne at first base. Woods interchanges for the starting position with senior, Olivia Smith. Reep alternates starting at pitcher with sophomore, Rachel Weidner.

The Bulldogs had four returning preseason honorees: first team selection, seniors, Katie McLaurin and Misty Doran, as well as second team all-conference selections, sophomores, Naomi Sapp and Rachel Weidner. Another key returner for the bulldogs is senior, Olivia Smith. Shaffer said she looks for her 3 seniors, Katie McLaurin, Misty Doran, and Olivia Smith to lead the way on and off the field this season.

The Bulldogs got their start for the season on February 4. So far, the Bulldogs are 7-9 overall. “This year is a rebuilding year” said Shaffer, “this is such an awesome group of girls this year and even though we are young, our future looks bright” said Shaffer.

The Bulldogs will play their next game March 5 at home at 1 p.m. against Georgia College.

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Edited By: Brea Childs

Introducing the Batte Center’s new Technical Director

Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

The Batte Center’s new Technical Director is a man of music and experience. Mr. Chandler Solomon comes from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte to take charge. “I chose Wingate because it offered me a way to develop my professional skills.” The Triangle was able to catch up with Mr. Solomon and ask a few questions.

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From a suburb in Atlanta, GA; his childhood was full of memories with his parents. “I have had many influences over the years; and my parents have been a large one,” said Solomon, “They taught me to always work hard and be a good person.”

Mr. Solomon’s parents have also played a role in his early academics as well. “I played a lot of sports as I grew up, even if I wasn’t always the best at them,” said Solomon, regarding his early school years. “I played baseball, soccer, and basketball when I was younger. Then played football and track & field when I got to middle school and high school. [My parents] were at every event that they could possibly be at; Educational or Sports related. [My parents] made sure that I achieved as much as I could ever wish to. I finished high school with a 4.3 GPA, a member of the National Honors Society, the National Technical Honors Society, the Beta Club, and had Varsity letters in Football and Track (throwing both shot-put and discus).”

One thing that really stuck Mr. Solomon’s imagination is the arts. “I got into the arts by making my own music. It was something that interested me from a younger age;” said Solomon. “I made (and still make to this day) hip-hop music.”

His music career all started with the help of a friend. “The move into music was pushed by a guy I knew from Canada; His name was Brennan Comis,” said Solomon. “He inspired me to get into music, from making my mixes to just learning how to become more creative.” Brennan, unfortunately committed suicide in February 2014.

His college career was also influenced by his interest in the arts. “I started my college career fresh out of high school by going to Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I wanted to originally major in Advertising and then changed to Graphics Arts and Imaging Technology. I did not finish a degree there, however.  I moved back home [High Point, NC at that time] and started at Guilford Technical Community College. I originally started with the intentions of Network Operating Systems, but did not like that much either. So I changed up again because I really was enjoying the recording process for my own music,” said Solomon.

Before Wingate, Mr. Solomon was the Technology Support Technician in Halton Arena at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. “I was very happy at UNC Charlotte previously. Working closely with the students and the environment that we had cultivated in my two years there,” said Solomon. Then the spot for technical director at Wingate University opened a few months later.

“I was not looking for a job just yet,” said Solomon, regarding the spot opening at Wingate. “But the position at Wingate dropped in my lap by chance. I was recommended the job by the theatre director at the place where my internship was back in 2014; He recommended me the job and recommended me to my current boss.”

When Mr. Solomon is not setting up performances or events that are going to take place in the Batte Center, which can include specific needs that are required for the event, or in meetings, He enjoys making music on the side, recording, and mixing for other artists that come to him with their needs.

He also enjoys some light gaming on his PC and Xbox One, staying current with developing trends in his field of work. “I have a passion to be the best TD that I can. Whether it’s long hours or some slower days. I always want to push myself and always want to learn.” But what he really enjoys, is spending time with his wife-to-be, Autumn. “She was a huge push for me to go after the job at Wingate,” said Solomon. “Thinking of our future together was one of the bigger pushes for me to accept this position.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

WU’s Baxter helps students take advantage of international study opportunities

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer

Many college students fall in love with traveling during college. Whether it’s road-trips with friends on the weekends, traveling for spring break, making friends with people from other states or countries and getting to travel home with them, or to studying abroad for a couple weeks or a full semester.

Many college students realize their love for traveling and long to travel more, but are hindered by a lack of money. Due to this, many student’s mentality is to wait and travel when they have careers and can afford it post grad. However, Lizz Baxter, the Assistant Director of International Programs at Wingate University said the best time for students to travel is in college.

Baxter said she became interested in traveling when she was young, because her grandparents traveled a lot and would send her postcards. Baxter joined the military in high school and got an early start in traveling.

She moved to Germany with the army and lived there for three years. She was then deployed to Iraq in 2003. When she returned from the military she attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she began studying international studies.

Baxter said she knew she wanted to study abroad so she began looking into the study abroad programs the University offered. She won the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, which is a national scholarship that allows you to study abroad a semester.

Baxter studied abroad in Argentina where she learned Spanish. When she returned from Argentina, she won another scholarship to go to Italy. After studying abroad again, Baxter said she was hooked.

After undergrad, Baxter moved to Charlotte and began working in the international office at UNC Charlotte. There, she met some connections including the Director of International Programs at Wingate University, Jennifer Armentrout. Then Jennifer offered Baxter a job in the international office at Wingate.

Baxter took the job and is currently still working at Wingate as the Assistant Director of international programs. Baxter said she always knew she wanted to be a study abroad advisor.

As part of her job as a study abroad advisor, Baxter travels to different countries with students and experiences what the students experience for herself. By doing this she’s able to get the students feedback so she knows what changes to make to the trip and what to plan.

Baxter said one of the main things she loves about her job is going out into the world and experiencing and understanding other cultures as well as helping others do that too.“I want to be able to give back to other people by helping them to get outside their own culture and bridge gaps and create understanding, because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in ‘we’re right and you’re wrong,’ I want to help people appreciate the differences,” said Baxter.Baxter also said, “There are these really incredible commonalities that can allow us to get along.”

Baxter has traveled as a Benjamin A. Gilman scholar, U.S. State Department Intern, and a member of the U.S. Army. She has traveled to approximately 30 different countries. As an advisor, one of the main pieces of advice Baxter gives, is for students to travel as much as possible while they’re in college.

“Go get world experience and life experience first, you’ll be in your job when you graduate for a long time, this is the time to do it,” said Baxter. Baxter said that when you’re young, people who are already in their careers are willing to donate money to you to help you travel. “Never be afraid to ask,” said Baxter.

Baxter said that there are many opportunities out there for college students to take advantage of. She advises college students to research all the different scholarships for study abroad programs and to apply for many.

Luckily for Wingate students, Wingate University offers a signature program called W’international. This opportunity allows students to study abroad for ten days in either the fall or spring semester of their junior year and is counted as a two-credit class. Wingate University offers many other study abroad programs such as: international internships, summer programs, semester programs, and volunteer and teach programs.

Wingate Senior Kaitlyn Brunworth has taken full advantage of Wingate’s various study abroad programs throughout her four years here. During the summer following her sophomore year she took Spanish 307 which was an intensive immersion course where she spent three weeks in Costa Rica.

She lived with a host family, took Spanish classes during the week, and went on excursions on the weekends. During her fall semester of her Junior year she got the chance to go to Cambodia for ten days through the W’international program. “I can honestly say that the ten days I spent in Cambodia were some of the best of my life because I got to explore an incredible country with some of my closest friends at Wingate.”

Brunworth said that one of her favorite experiences in Cambodia was on the first evening of the trip. She said she and some classmates explored the city Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

Brunworth said they got to witness people partaking in religious festivities and soccer and tennis games all along the street and river. She said they spent the evening surrounded by live Cambodian music, guided Buddhist prayers, and street markets with all-too-authentic Cambodian foods.

Brunworth said she and her classmates also got the chance partake in a Buddhist tradition that is meant to bring good karma, in which they bought birds from a lady selling them in the street and threw them into the air over the river to watch them fly away. “It was an amazing evening, filled with vibrant life and beauty,” said Brunworth.

Brunworth also spent her spring semester of her junior year studying abroad and doing an internship in Granada, Spain, through the CEA program. In Spain, she took several classes in Spanish language, culture and history.

In addition to interning at a local doctor’s office, Brunworth also got the chance to play soccer with a local women’s team during her semester in Spain, which she also claims as one of her favorite experiences.

“It was really fun training with them because the Spanish girls have a different style of playing than what I’m used to back home, so it was entertaining for me to try new things and adjust to training with them” said Brunworth.

Brunworth said what she enjoyed most about playing with the team was building relationships with the girls on the team and learning new Spanish slang and laughing with them when she “butchered new phrases.”

“At the end of the semester they invited me to their team barbecue where I got to meet all of their families and enjoy an evening of wine and dancing in the back yard, which was one of my favorite days in Spain” said Brunworth.

Like Lizz Baxter, Brunworth also said that now is the time to travel abroad. “This is probably one of very few opportunities you’ll get to spend a significant amount of time abroad for a low price. Additionally, your late teens and early twenties are an ideal time to travel because you aren’t tied down with a full-time career and a family to take care of. Of course there will be days when you miss home and wish you could be back with your family and friends and just stuff your face with American food…But the new experiences and everything you learn about the world and about yourself while abroad will totally out-weigh a few home-sick days” said Brunworth.

Brunworth advises anyone who studies abroad to keep an open mind as much as possible. “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t… especially when they have an entirely different cultural background from your own.  Open your mind and soak in as much as you can. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new- a song, dance move, food recipe, value, or tradition that you want to begin incorporating into your own life,” said Brunworth, “If you let it, your time abroad will be the perfect opportunity to get to know who you truly are, because when you allow yourself to be immersed in a new country you are no longer tied down by the standards of your home culture and expectations.”

Study abroad advisors like Lizz Baxter, help students find financial assistance for their foreign study. Financial assistance for students at Wingate includes: Wingate International Grant for Students (WINGS) and Federal and Institutional Financial Aid.

Brunworth said she used a WINGS grant to help pay for Spanish 301 in Costa Rica. Brunworth said that the W’international program to Cambodia included round trip flights, a week in hotels, some meals, and all tour guides and transportation for under $750.

“It’s too good of a deal to pass up” said Brunworth, “I strongly believe that every eligible Junior at Wingate should take advantage of the W’International program, especially if you’ve never traveled out of the country before.  It’s extremely affordable, and since it is school-sanctioned everything is very organized and safe.”

Brunworth said that for her final semester abroad she worked with Jennifer Armentrout and the CEA program to get the cost of her semester in Spain covered by her Wingate tuition.

“This helped a lot because I was still eligible for my academic and athletic scholarships from Wingate. I just paid my normal semester’s tuition plus the plane flight,” said Brunworth, “I even had the price of the plane flight reduced because I signed up before an early-decision deadline for my study abroad program so CEA gave me a voucher for my flights.”

Brunworth said the most important thing when trying to save money on study abroad programs is to get organized early and have everything planned long before your trip.

“This will give you more time to apply for scholarships such as the WINGS grant, more time to fundraise, and more time to sort out any obstacles that come up. Not to mention, flights are typically cheaper if you purchase them way in advance” said Brunworth.

Lizz Baxter said that there are many national scholarships as well as many scholarships offered by Wingate alone, and advises students to check out the programs and scholarships that Wingate honors at www.wingate.edu/internation

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Edited by: Brea Childs

A Professor Inspired a Student, Then the Student Inspires the Campus

Nicholas Vaughn, Staff Writer

If you are making your way to class on any given morning at Wingate University you can find students walking to their destinations, getting coffee from Einstein’s, or talking with friends in the academic quad. Whether you are the student who will make it to class a little early or the student who is often seen running through the stairs of Byrum to get to class on time, you will meet someone. You will meet Isaac Aning. Not only will you meet Isaac, but you will meet his positive energy and contagious smile.

Issac is a junior here at Wingate University and is majoring in biology. A native of Graham, N.C., Isaac is the youngest of seven, yes seven, children.

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Isaac has been holding the two doors at the bottom of the stairs in Byrum since he was a freshman.“I will emphatically proclaim that the primary reason I hold the doors every morning is to help my brother Dr. (Greg) Bell (a professor of mathematics) by giving him a transition from Burris building into Hayes building with ease. It all started my freshman year in Wingate University when I first saw Dr. Bell going through the doors of Hayes and Burris with a little difficulty.”

That’s how it all started. What started as a simple observation and Isaac’s initiative has led to a bright spot in the days of countless Wingate University students, including sophomore Erin Draughn. “As I am walking to statistics in the mornings and enter Byrum it makes my day to see Isaac smiling with his positive energy. It just makes my mornings better!” Draughn stated. “It just makes me want to be a better person.” Draughn added.

By admiring and being inspired by Dr. Bell, Isaac inspired his fellow students. He continues to do this for the simple and yet profound feeling of making a difference. No one can ever know what is someone else is going through, everyone should know that a simple smile or connection to someone can briefly change someone’s whole day around.

That is what Isaac is doing here at Wingate. “It is a feeling which I will never allow to be compromised by anyone or anything since that is the core of my being now. It is a feeling that gives me fulfillment, and keeps me strong in my faith.”

God comes first in Issac’s life. His drive to make a difference is grounded in his goal to keep steadfast and follow in the plans that God has for him in his lifetime.

Through being authentic, staying true to himself and giving back to Wingate University, Isaac has received the same from Wingate. He was honored with the Mr. Wingate Scholarship of $1,000 for exemplifying Wingate University’s motto of “Faith, Knowledge, Service.” “I did not think this act of mine was going to spread to others who also came through the door.”

In a time where our country is so greatly divided, Issac chooses the alternative route. He chooses to exemplify Wingate’s motto through simple and random acts of kindness to be a positive light for Wingate. “You see this is another way my God blesses HIS children—through little, tiny acts in our daily lives. He has plans for us all, but if only we will be willing to follow it, then we will know that those plans are to prosper us and to give us hope and a future,” Issac said.

So, if you ever find yourself hopeless and thinking that you can’t make a difference. Think of Isaac and smile too. You can make a difference. Thank you for being a friend, Isaac. Your acts have blessed us and inspired us.

 

Edited by: Brea Childs

The Answer to Everything

Celestia Randolph, Staff Writer

Duke University professor Michael Munger spoke to Wingate students about the likeliness of a near future wherein people enjoyed a “Sharing” and “Middle-Man” economy. The answer to his every question at the Tomorrow 3.0 lecture last Thursday evening was “transactions cost”. 

A middleman economy, Munger explained, is “a system in which entrepreneurs sold reductions in transaction cost”. An example of such an exchange might be a situation in which a person, intending to

transfer an item to a buyer, is deterred by the cost of shipping, packaging, etc., but with the presence of a middleman to reduce the cost of the transfer, the exchange is and profitable for all three people involved.

The second marketing style, a sharing economy, involves selling “access to a product or service desired by consumers to an excess capacity.” Our generation is already familiar with this concept. Munger explained that business such as Uber are introducing this concept to Europeans and now, to American millennials.

Such businesses maximize the public’s access to reusable services, lessening the need for individual modes of the same thing. This allows groups of consumers desiring the same service to rent or enjoy temporary access to what they need. Rather than spend money on storage for items or things they do not constantly require, people will profit from sharing or renting the same product to others. 

However, people of the current and previous generations are not as keen on embracing such ideas. Why? In any transference system, there are three pivotal factors to consider, Munger explained. Triangulation, transfer, and honesty. 

Triangulation refers to the terms of consumer and provider identity, location and price conditions community. The means of transfer and the honesty of both parties are also crucial to any sales or exchange. Therefore, a system involving constant dealings with strangers seems a bit overwhelming.

In such a communal society, the ideal mode of transferring goods would be exchange. Giving or simply selling products leaves one party with less than the other, but an exchange mutually benefits both parties. 

In that way there is no change in the total wealth of either trading partner and each gets what he prefers out of the deal. In such a unified society, it is clear that although there may be some drastic changes, people will become much more conscious of each other, as well as the importance of interpersonal communications and adapting to cultural progressivism.

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Edited by: Brea Childs