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Local ministry prepares community for threat of war

Gabriela Cabrera, Staff Writer

MONROE –

The threat of war with North Korea is becoming increasingly real and a local thrift store in Monroe, NC is starting preparations to help the community by gathering clothing and farming materials needed if panic should arise.

Crystal Oliver, manager of Good Steward Ministries (GSM), sat down with her six employees at their monthly meeting, held Wednesday, Oct. 4, to discuss the possibility of North Korea invading U.S. soil and how they should plan.

“War seems almost inevitable and we want to be prepared,” she said. “We want the community to know that if something were to happen they can rely on Good Steward to help provide clothing and equipment needed to survive.”

Run mostly off of donated goods, the store is well-known for helping locals by offering an assortment of clothing, houseware items, books and shoes for an affordable price. Oliver wants to go one step further by making sure their supplies will last for the rush of people who may panic if North Korea invades the U.S.

Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump have exchanged heated words, causing worry in the U.S. that a war may break out. President Trump tweeted last weekend that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate” with Kim Jong-un.

The employees listened carefully to Oliver’s plan of slowly setting aside clothes in their storage rooms. GSM’s mission is to have clothing and farming material ready to be provided when other stores run out.

Oliver said that she knows that many people don’t want second-hand things, but when the time around she believes people will accept it.

“I think it’s great that Good Steward wants to look out for the community,” Raphaela Moore said. “We are family.”

This mindset in some of the employees sparked conversations and game plans for preparation.

Other employees, however, were more skeptical.

“There is no reason to prepare,” said employee Patrick Love. “America is completely equipped to stop any attack before it reaches our home.”

While the employees may be split on whether a war with North Korea may happen, they are still working together to prepare GSM for helping the community.

 Edited By: Cierra Smith and Harrison Taylor

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Wingate’s Pep band prepares to bring more excitement to the new athletic season

Ryan McKeel, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s Pep Band gears up for the first home game of the 2017 season on Saturday, September 16 at 6:00 PM at Irwin Belk Stadium.

The Pep Band, Wingate’s premiere athletic performing ensemble, has been under the direction of Dr. Dawn Price, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Wingate University, for ten years.

With performances at select Volleyball games as well as all home Football games, the Pep Band strives to bring Wingate spirit to any game they attend. “My favorite Pep Band activity, besides playing music, is helping engage the crowd in cheering on the sports teams,” said Junior Dariyhn Lee.

A common theme in both rehearsals and games amongst the band members is the excitement for the game. With their music ready to go and instruments in hand, the band members are often the loudest ones in the stands cheering on their fellow bulldogs.

The band hasn’t always dominated a section in the stadiums, says Dr. Price. “The band has grown from 17 members in 2008 to now 47 members. The overall ability of the group has improved as well.”

Dr. Price strives to give every band member an opportunity to gain something from their time in the stadiums. “[Pep Band] gives students, both music majors and non-majors, an opportunity to play their instruments in sports and entertainment events,” she said. “The band also provides a wide variety of music intended to promote spirit at the various athletic events at which we play.”

Other key game day members have noted the, no pun intended, pep that the band brings. Head Football Coach, Joe Reich commented on the “special energy” that the band provides. “That is college football, having the band playing and the crowd cheering. That’s good stuff.”

The Pep Bands partner in crime, The Wingate University Cheerleader’s, have built a bond based on excitement and cheer with the musicians. “I think that the cheerleaders and pep band have been growing a relationship over the past few years,” said head cheer coach Kelly Sheppard. “We love the energy that the band gives us… I literally have to tell the girls to stay calm when the band starts up.”

Several of the Pep Band members have commented on the importance of their halftime shows.“I love performing for the people in the stands and hearing them sing along,” said junior Taylor Eudy. “It is exciting to be out there on that field and give the folks in the stand a chance to hear some tunes that they are familiar with.”

Other students in the stands have also felt the excitement that the band brings when their on the field. “It kind of stops you in your tracks. You can’t help but turn around and watch their show,” said senior Naomi Askew.

Athletes at games always find a way to show their support to the band members. Whether it’s a salute or shouted “Thanks!” from the football players celebrating a victory on the field, or a line of volleyball players after their win inside Cuddy Arena, most come together in some way to thank the band either at the stadium or in passing on campus.

When asked about their favorite tune, 12 of the 15 respondents listed Mark Ronson’s & Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo credit: Wingate University Athletics

Bulldogs hope summer program lifts 8-3 football season in ’16 to higher level

By Adam Riley II, Staff Writer

 The Wingate University football program looks to build off of  a successful 2016 season, finishing 8-3 overall and 5-2 in South Atlantic Conference play. All that begins in the summer.

Over the course of an eight-week period during the months of June and July, the Bulldogs have what they call the “Dog Days of Summer”. This is a period where players come back to campus to conduct the bulk of their preparation for the upcoming season.

The Bulldogs train at 6 a.m. four mornings a week.

“Certain days we’re running then lifting, specifically doing speed and power development, other days we lift and then run afterwards for our conditioning work. And that final 4-week build up until camp starts it’s a big push to get everybody geared and ready to go.” said WU head strength and conditioning coordinator Will Hayes.

Head coach Joe Reich’s Bulldogs eclipsed another 7-game winning record last season, which earned them a shot at the SAC championship in the last game of the regular season at Newberry.  They fell just shy of claiming their first title since 2010 in a 27-22 loss.  The Bulldogs finished second in the league, tying with rival Catawba, which had won the conference the previous year.

“We played with great effort last season, I want us to carry that over into next season.”  Reich says. “From a league perspective, we got ourselves in the championship conversation last season.”

Training camp officially starts on Aug. 7 and Reich and his Bulldogs enter the 2017 season with high hopes and expectations.

Redshirt senior linebacker  Zack Singleton, one of the team’s captains, said:  “I’m really looking forward to it. We have a lot of athletes coming in, probably the most athletes we’ve ever had on the team.”

Reich said,  “One of our main focuses going in Aug. 7 is to stay healthy throughout camp.”

The Bulldogs were hit drastically by the injury bug last season, losing starting safety Kameron Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, due to a season ending foot injury in camp. In addition, the Bulldogs suffered  two more critical blows with injuries to running back Lawrence Pittman and receiver/return specialist Adam  Riley. Both Bulldogs suffered season-ending ankle injuries just one week apart. Pittman was leading all NCAA football players in touchdowns scored when he was sidelined for the season.

And three-year starting quarterback Kyle Johnson suffered an injury to his throwing arm on the opening drive of the season-ending game against Newberry, in which he did not return.

The Bulldogs lost a number of key seniors from this past season on both sides of the ball. They include: defenseive end and SAC Defensive Player of the Year Ray Edwards; first team all-SAC defensive end Andre Foulks; and four-year starter at cornerback Cornell Cheron. 

On offense, most notably  notably the Bulldogs will lose All-Conference Receiver and four-year starter in Jordan Berry, as well as fellow starting receiver Joe Wallace, in addition to quarterback Johnson.

KEY RETURNERS:

Defense:

Zack Singleton (LB)

Kameron Johnson (DB)

Josh Shelton (DB)

Robbie Wallace (LB)

James Basham (DE)

Tim Longmire (DB)

Jabari Foster (DB)

Joseph Kelly (DB)

Christopher Biroses (P)

Offense:

Blake Hayes (RB)

Lawrence Pittman (RB)

The entire OL

Jake Jensen (TE)

B.J. Muckelvene (WR)

Malik Bledsoe (WR)

Jay Hood (WR)

J.T. Stokes (WR)

Adam Riley II (WR/PR)

The Bulldogs will play seven night games in a 10-game season, four of which will be at home for the first time in the school’s history.

“We are looking forward to Saturday Night Lights! Playing seven of 10 games at night this year will be a different experience for us.” Reich said in a previous interview. “I like the idea of the new reality, playing at night and I think it will really get all of our guys fired up.”

The Bulldogs’ season begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2, as they travel to Charlotte to face off against the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University. Wingate’s first home game is on Sept. 16 against conference opponent Carson-Newman, with kickoff at 6 p.m. at Irwin Belk Stadium.

New Faith-based Organization will be added to Wingate in the fall

Sarah Katz, Staff Writer

A faith-based organization will be joining one of approximately 50 registered student organizations on Wingate University’s campus in fall of 2018, said a university representative.

Delight is a college women’s ministry built for the purpose of inviting all women to strengthen and learn about their faith,” said Skylar Mize, cofounder of Delight on Wingate’s campus.

Based on information from the website, Delight was founded by three women at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  The women wanted to create an environment that would foster relationships between women and God.  They did this through a Bible study and then by expanding Delight to multiple universities.

“I discovered Delight through an old friend from high school who recommended I check it out,” said Mize.  “The more I learned about Delight, the more I felt called to bring it to campus.”

Based on the website, Delight has three goals.  Delight wants to create a Christ-centered community, foster vulnerability and transform stories.  

“The goals of Delight are an outline for us to run this organization on campus,” said Alex Matranga, cofounder of Wingate’s Delight chapter.  “This gives a foundation for us to help grow our and other’s faith in an impactful way.”

Delight also incorporates nights of worship, service to the community and activities called Delight dates. “I am excited to help establish a support system for girls on campus so that we can help with anything that weighs heavy on their hearts,” said Matranga.  

Based on the website, the second goal of Delight is to foster vulnerability.  Delight wants to provide an environment where women feel safe and comfortable sharing Christ in their lives without the fear of judgment.

“The organization is built off of diversity and creating a safe space where all women feel welcome and comfortable sharing regardless of their past,” said Mize. “Delight is only for women which helps those who may not be as comfortable sharing in a co-ed group.”

The website states that Delight’s third goal is to transform stories.  Delight wants to create an environment where women can encounter Christ and change their stories in the pursuit of him.

“We want this to be a judgment free zone where we can hear and share stories so that people understand how their stories can be used to spread God’s word,” said Mize.  

Delight will be one of approximately 50 organizations offered by Wingate University.  Only seven of the organizations offered are faith-based, according to the university’s website. “Delight will be the first of its kind at Wingate and it will be a new way for women to encounter the grace of God,” said Matranga.

Delight became a registered student organization at Wingate through committee approval during the spring semester of 2017.  Mize and Matranga said they communicated with the founders of Delight to discuss the process of starting Delight on campus and identified people to be part of the leadership team at Wingate.

“We learned everything we could about Delight because we wanted to be able to answer any question thrown at us by the committee or women wanting to learn more,” said Matranga.  “We wanted to have the knowledge to make sure that we were correctly informing everyone of what Delight stands for.”

Based on their website, part of Delight coming onto campus requires members to sell $180 in books in order to support the organization.  These are book written by and for the Delight community.

“We are hoping that required sales will not be an issue but Alex and I both believe in this organization strongly enough that we will buy the books ourselves if we have to,” said Mize.

This organization will be new to campus and with that comes a level of uncertainty.  Mize and Matranga said they met with their leadership team multiple times in order to ensure that all members are on the same page.

“We are excited for the start next year,” said Mize. “Our goal is not to have the most people coming to our meetings instead we want to have an impact on the people we meet.” Delight will officially start on Wingate University’s campus at the beginning of fall semester 2017.  

Edited by: Brea Childs

Students react to Starbucks coming to Campus in the Fall Semester

Mason Teague, Staff Writer

New dining changes are coming to Wingate University with the announcement of a Starbucks being added on campus. The popular coffee chain will be located inside the Dickson-Palmer Center on campus, where it will replace the recreation facilities that currently occupy the space.

The Starbucks on campus will be as large as any Starbucks found all over the world, with a full dining area, espresso and condiment stations for servers to brew customer orders and a kitchen area where supplies will be stored as needed by the employees.

The plan also includes a stage found in one area of the coffee shop, to be used during open mic nights that will occur throughout the school year to provide entertainment to customers.

President Rhett Brown seems excited about the plans to bring Starbucks back to the Wingate student body. “We actually used to have a Starbucks on campus where Einstein Bros is now, and it was a big hit with the students on campus,” Dr. Brown said. “The administration is extremely excited to bring such a popular restaurant back to campus so that students and faculty alike will be able to enjoy all of the services they have to offer.”

The excitement about a Starbucks on campus has spread to many of the students on campus. Abbey Gantt, a pharmacy student at Wingate, is excited about having her favorite coffee shop on campus soon.

“I am really happy that I won’t have to drive super far away from campus just to get my favorite coffee,” Ms. Gantt said. “Soon I will be be in walking distance of a Starbucks, which is super convenient for me because of my busy class schedule.”

Maria Sofia, a junior at Wingate, is also thrilled about the plans for a Starbucks on campus because of the options that they offer for people that do not consume dairy.

“It is hard for me to get coffee at Einstein’s because of the dairy products that they typically use in their coffees,” Ms. Sofia said. “Starbucks offers all sorts of coffee options that I am able to drink without these products, which is why I am excited they are coming to campus.”

While many students are happy about this plan, some are concerned about the high costs on the Starbucks menu.

“I really hope that we are going to be able to use our Bulldog Bucks to pay for stuff at Starbucks,” Isaac Tilghman said. “Otherwise, I won’t be able to go extremely often because of the prices being so high.”

Dr. Brown offered no comment on whether Bulldog Bucks could be used when Starbucks opens, as the school is still in the process of deciding what types of payment methods will be accepted.

Construction on the restaurant will begin near the end of the spring semester, with an opening scheduled for the beginning of the 2017 school year in the fall.

Photo Source: Starbucks Newsroom
Edited by: Brea Childs

Eight countries showcased in W’International Program for the 2018 year

Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

Last Wednesday night, in the Batte Center’s Recital Hall was where the Class of 2019’s W’International showcase took place. The place was filled with excitement and wonder as each professor revealed the different countries that students could go to.

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Photo by: Katie Williams during the W’International Camp Out

“We had over 150 students in attendance!” Said Ms. Jennifer Armentrout, the Director of International Programs. “The professors did a great job of showcasing their programs, and the student audience was very respectful and attentive to each presenter.” This year’s reveal consisted of eight trips; more than any other W’International reveal to date. The Triangle was able to attend the reveal on March 14 and see what trips are available for rising juniors next semester.

The first trip revealed was Dr. Patrick Young’s trip to The Netherlands; This trip includes the coursework of History. “This experience will provide students with insight into resiliency and mental toughness,” Said Dr. Young. “And how [The Dutch] aided those resisting the Nazis during World War II. Students will visit three important cities within the Netherlands: Rotterdam, The Hague,  and Amsterdam; each played a specific and major role for the Dutch during the Nazi occupation. This trip is set to take place in the 2018 Spring semester.

Next up was Dr. Melissa Fox’s trip to Costa Rica; This trip include the coursework of Biology. “Students will experience firsthand how this vast ecological system is supported by the varied climates found across [Costa Rica],” Said Dr. Fox, as she addressed the students on her trip. “As they hike through protected rainforest reserves to collect climate change data, explore the volcanic mountain ranges that provide the nation with renewable energy, encounter numerous exotic plants and animals in their natural habitats, and tour coffee plantations within the Central Valley that support the Costa Rican economy as a leading export.” This trip is set to set sail in the 2017 Fall semester.

Following that presentation was The Triangle’s own Dr. Keith Cannon, with his trip to London and Cambridge. “The BBC just stopped giving tours a year ago,” Said Dr. Cannon, as he explained the planned tour of the BBC during the trip to England. “I am still trying to find a ‘legal’ way to have a tour anyway (laughs).” This course will give students an overview of the past, present and future of Great Britain’s news media and its role in that country’s development into a world power. This trip is set to take place in the 2017 Fall semester.

After Dr. Cannon, was Dr. Jim Hastings and his trip to Malaysia and Singapore. “We will learn about the historic development of both countries,” Said Dr. Hastings, explaining what was planned for the course. “Especially the blend of cultures that has given each its distinctive contemporary identity.” Dr. Hastings plans on taking students to one of the temples to see what it is like. This is set to take place in the 2017 Fall semester as well.

Then came Dr. Luke Mill’s trip to Scotland and Northern England to learn more about the Vikings and their lifestyle. “We’ll look at the particular influence of the Vikings in England and learn how their fierce, illiterate paganism eventually mingled with a learned, and fairly docile, Anglo-Saxon Christianity.” Said Dr. Mills, explaining the plan for the course. According to the W’international reveal brochure, Dr. Mills plans on visiting some of the major Viking and Christian sites in Scotland and northern England, including Edinburgh and York, formerly a Viking city. This trip is set to take place in the 2018 Spring semester.

Aferwards, Dr. Erica Niland of the Biology Department took the floor to speak; She is taking students to Italy for her trip. “This course will focus on how tourism has impacted the economic development of family farms and sustainable agriculture in Italy,” Said Dr. Niland, explaining her plans for the course. “Aside from the cultural influences of the Italian cuisine, this seminar will focus on how true Italian cuisine concentrates on ingredients that have been grown locally.” The trip includes a trip to a local winery in Italy and will take place in the 2018 Spring Semester.

Dr. Sergio Castello of the Business Department came up next to speak about his trip. “I want to take you home” He said to the students. “I’m taking you to Barcelona, Spain.” According to the brochure, the students that take the seminar will study Catalonia’s culture from the perspective of language; Catalonia has its own language, Catalan. Students will also gain an understanding of the cultural dynamism and diversity of this development and the economic prospects going forward. “If you’re not a fan of the Barcelona soccer team now, you will be when you leave.” Said Dr. Castello.

Then, Dr. Dennis Harlow of the Political Science department concluded the night with the reveal of his trip to Germany and France. According to the brochure, The course’s purpose is to promote student understanding of how the present-day European Union works to integrate and unify Europe and provide a base for European economic development and competitiveness in global businesses. “We’re going to look into the benefits and consequences of Brexit for the EU.”

“I think we were really able to communicate the value of our programs and get students excited about the unique opportunity they have at Wingate to participate in an affordable experience abroad.” Said Ms. Armentrout. “The W’international experience is typically one of the best memories Wingate students have in their lives. I am honored to be a part of that.”

Edited by: Brea Childs

The madness during March Madness

Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer

It’s that time of year again. For the next three weeks, college basketball takes center stage in the world of sports. Fans across the country will have their eyes glued to their TV screens cheering on their favorite team, as well as wondering who is going to be the “Cinderella” team.

This is also a big event for casinos, as an estimated 70 million brackets will be submitted and $9 million will be wagered on the games, according to the American Gaming Association. (AGA)

It was surprising to learn that viewership has dropped the past few years with the exclusion of the 2015 tournament in which on the first day of the tournament, five games were decided by one point. This helped drive up ratings to the highest they have been in years.

One of the main reasons ratings are hurting, is the games have not been competitive in the first two rounds. Think about it, a 16 seed has never beaten a number one seed. If these games were more competitive it would draw more viewers.

The only people that pay attention to these games are the people who made a bracket, or bet on the game. People are not interested in wasting two hours watching a game, in which history says will not be competitive.

The selection process has become something that has continued to be debated among spot analyst. I agree that the team that wins their respective conference tournament should get an automatic bid.

What I do not agree with is the comity is never consistent in selecting the teams that do not get automatic bids. One year they based it off strength of schedule, the next year it was based off of wins against the top 25. They need to design a format that states what the requirements are to make the tournament; that way coaches will know what the comity values most.

I always look at the 5 vs 12 seeds and the 8 vs 9 seed, these games to me show the most potential for an upset. Over the years, the 12 vs 5 have been considered the “trap game.” This means that there is a possibility for the lower seed to win if the higher seed is not carful.

It is almost inevitable that a 12 seed will upset a 5 seed. The last time the twelve seed was unable to beat at least one 5 seed was back in 2007.

This year’s upset was Middle Tennessee against Minnesota. Most 12 seeds do not make it past the second round, if they win their first game with the exception of Oregon in 2013.

You would think the 8vs 9 seed is a pretty even match up but the past few years the 8 seed has had the upper hand. Last year all four 8 seeds made it past the first round only to be ousted in the nest round. Only seven 8 seeds have made it to the final four in NCAA tournament history.

One thing that I think is interesting about the NCAA tournament is the unpredictability of how the games will turn out. Any team can win on any given day. This is why it is called “March Madness.”

This year’s tournament has been a mixture of competitive and run away games. I enjoy the competitive games because they are able to keep my attention. On the other hand, I’m not a fan of runaway games because the outcome is usually predictable.

As the sweet sixteen begins next weekend it will be interesting to see what happens next. Will the powerhouse teams continue to fall like Villanova and Louisville did in the second round to Wisconsin and Michigan respectively. The only thing to do now is to stay tuned into the madness.

Photo source http://www.the2womancrusade.com

Edited by: Brea Childs