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Lyceum preps students for successful interviews

Joanna King, Staff Writer

Going into an interview is all about having a great pair of shoes according to a panel of experts, with 130 years of combined knowledge, who hosted a Lyceum at Wingate University on Monday night.

“You can ruin a good business outfit with shoes that aren’t appropriate,” said panel member Steve Poston, the vice president and athletic director of Wingate University. “If you look like you have been out in the field plowing in the shoes you wear, it will ruin the outfit.”

Poston was one of the five-panel members to in the Lyceum discussion that allowed attending students a glimpse of why what you wear matters when it comes to getting a job. Each individual agreed that it takes only three things to make a good first impression: a nice suit for men, a professional blazer for women and a great pair of shoes are all it takes to make a good first impression.

“Somebody once told me to remember to interview for the job you want, not the job you have,” said Poston.

“It is very important to set yourself apart when making your first impression,” said Lynette Kennedy, a retail business woman for over 20 years. Tahira Stalberte, the assistant superintendent for Union County Public Schools, added onto Kennedy’s statement.

“Even though standing apart is important, make sure you yourself are not a distraction from the interview.”

All five experts agreed a candidate’s interview attire profoundly impacts the employer’s assessment of his qualifications. Kennedy said the employer may even judge a candidate’s character on what he looks like when he walks through the door to an interview.

“They really put an emphasis on first impressions,” Said Sierra Street, a sophomore at Wingate University. “It is very important to remain clean-cut and professional while still standing out enough to make that first impression last.”

Edited by Andrew Elliott and Malik Bledsoe




Alpha Xi Delta Pancakes for a Cause

Natalie Kilgore, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority raised $244 from the pancake fundraiser it hosted for its philanthropy, Autism Speaks, on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Sophomore and member of Alpha Xi Delta Kerrigan Laney said that 100 percent of the money the sorority raised from the fundraiser goes to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the autistic community. It also works to provide solutions and better treatments for people with autism. Autism refers to a spectrum of disorders typically characterized by difficulty communicating and interacting with others.

“One in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism, so being able to give all of the money back to the charity is so rewarding,” Laney said.

To place an order, students texted one of two phone numbers. Members of Alpha Xi Delta made the pancakes in their apartments and then delivered them across campus. “Some girls make the pancakes, some deliver them to students and others write facts about autism on the plates,” she said. “It is a wonderful bonding experience for us.”

Laney said the fundraisers are one of her favorite aspects of the sorority. She hopes that raising awareness through her chapter for Autism Speaks helps put one more piece of the autism puzzle in place. “Knowing that I help raise money for a great charity while being with my sisters is the greatest feeling,” she said.

“I look forward to the pancake fundraiser and our other events every year because I get to bond with my sisters and interact with other students on campus,” Laney said.

She thinks that it’s always awesome whenever the sorority gets to put on events to raise money for its charity because it gets more of the students on campus involved with Greek life, whether they are a part of Greek life or not. She said that seeing so many students supporting Alpha Xi Delta’s charity brings her so much joy. “It is an easy way to raise money for Autism Speaks, and I enjoy doing it with some of my best friends,” she explains.  

When Laney gets involved with all of the chapter’s events, she feels more thankful about joining a great sorority.“The more you help raise money for wonderful charities like Autism Speaks, the more special it makes you feel,” she said.

The pancake fundraiser is a little kick-start to the chapter’s year of fundraising.Alpha Xi Delta hosts the pancake fundraiser every year along with a sand volleyball tournament, a flag football tournament, a barbecue event, a walk and many other small fundraisers to benefit Autism Speaks. They will also be participating in the Autism Speaks walk in Charlotte on Oct. 28, which is it is the biggest event for Alpha Xi Delta.

Edited By: Ryan Mackintosh and Rachael Robinson

Chi Omega Sugar Cookies Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Stephen Fisenne, Staff Writer

The sisters of Chi Omega at Wingate University were recently selling sugar cookies on campus for a good cause: the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

As the national philanthropy of Chi Omega, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has a pretty big place in their hearts. They wanted to raise money for them, as they do every year, and they decided that sugar cookies would be a sweet reward for those who wanted to donate.

Wilkey Nelon, a sophomore on campus who decided to buy a few of these cookies was “glad they’re giving back to Make-A-Wish.”

This event happened on Sept. 21 from 8 p.m. until midnight. It was apparently a huge success, garnering around $100 after costs were subtracted. They sold the cookies in small bundles, and even put sprinkles on top for some added fun.

They sold these cookies from their South Village and Greek apartments. They delivered them all around campus, but unfortunately they were not able to get them to the Hilltop apartments.

“It was great and we appreciated the support,” said Lauren Campany of Chi Omega.

Nelon said that the cookies were “even better than mom’s cooking.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation started in May of 1980 after the first “wish” was granted to a seven-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius: becoming a Department of Public Safety officer. After Chris’ funeral, people became moved by the story and in November of the same year the Make-A-Wish Foundation legally came into fruition.

Since then, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted over 300,000 wishes. They run solely off of donations like the ones that the sisters of Chi Omega make.

According to their website,, Make-A-Wish puts 79 percent of its donations into their actual programs that they do. From these donations, 37 percent comes from individuals, while 53 percent comes from corporate sponsors.

Kayla Bates, a sister of Chi Omega, shed some light as to why the support of this organization is so plentiful.

“We do it to provide hope, strength and happiness to a child with a life-threatening disease. It can provide a wish kid with the ability and willingness to comply with difficult medical treatments and the drive to keep pushing,” said Bates. “That determination can also help to improve their overall physical health as well.”

Chi Omega does fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation twice every semester, so be on the lookout for the next event that they hold. It’s sure to be as sweet as this one.

For more information please contact:

Wilkey Nelon:

Lauren Campany:

Kayla Bates:

Edited by Gabriela Cabrera and Mason Teague

“KA-ramel” Apples Make a Difference

                  by Wessli Ann Hardee, Staff Writer

Over ninety caramel apples were purchased by students across Wingate University’s campus from the Zeta Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, on Wednesday Oct. 4.

The Zeta Zeta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order was founded on Wingate University’s campus in 1993. Since then, the men of the nationally recognized fraternity have been putting on events to raise money for their philanthropy, the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“I love being a part of KA and having the opportunity to work with organizations like MDA,” said Gage Sumrall, Zeta Zeta Chapter President. “It reminds us that we are a part of a larger whole and we have an opportunity to help others and we should strive to do that everyday.”

The University’s chapter of Kappa Alpha Order puts on at least two fundraisers a semester for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, the chapter decided to try something new and sell caramel apples because they went well with the fall season and made for a good branding avenue, by calling them “KA-ramel Apples” Sumrall said.

On Wednesday night, the men of the fraternity gathered in a university apartment to dip apples in caramel that would then be delivered to students on campus who ordered them. The fundraiser ran from 8 p.m. to midnight. and the apples were priced at $2 each.

By the end of the night, the fraternity raised a total of $185 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“I wanted to buy a caramel apple to show support for other Greek organizations on campus,” said Veronica Manka, a Wingate University student. “I was happy to know that just my $2 contribution could make a difference.”

Kappa Alpha Order is one of the biggest organizations to contribute to the Muscular Dystrophy association. The National Fraternity raises over $100,000 annually.

Muscular Dystrophy is a group of genetic diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides funding for research breakthroughs, providing care for individuals affected by the disease and empowering families with support.

So far this year the Zeta Zeta chapter has only hosted one event for their philanthropy, but they plan to put on at least one more this semester. The chapter has a goal to raise $1,000 by the end of the year.

Edited by Olivia Lee, Dustin Kiggins

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What do you think of player protests during the National Anthem at NFL games?

Members of the News Editing class are asking this question on campus this afternoon. We’ll post the responses we get below:


“I am very against it. The NFL should not allow players to do that.  Everybody gets mad that people call baseball America’s game instead of football, but yet the NFL wants to protest.” Connor Grindstaff, a sophomore Business Management Major at Wingate University.


“I don’t have any particular feelings about it. If you want to kneel you can, or you don’t have to.”–Jailyn Spann, psychology freshman at Wingate University.





“I think players are exercising their right to free speech. I think that business and belief should be two different entities, they shouldn’t be one in the same. Players with the platform that they have should have the right to express themselves.” — Tim Myers, senior, Sport Management.


“I think its effective in getting people’s attention, but maybe it could’ve been done in a different way. I understand that they are kneeling for a great cause and I feel like something needed to be done about what is going on in our country. At least this kind of protest is peaceful. We have seen much worse from all different backgrounds of people in recent years.” — Brea Childs, senior, Communication.

alexandrianelson“I know what it’s really about. They aren’t protesting the flag and the troops. They are protesting systematic racism and how black people are mistreated in America. Some people are taking it the wrong way” — Alexandria Nelson, junior Criminal Justice major



“On one side, it’s better than rioting in the street. On the other, for the people that are boycotting the NFL because of what the president said, aren’t you hurting the players too?”–Abel Jorge, sophomore, criminal justice major


“If you want to take a knee, stay in the locker room. I’m not saying that you can’t protest, it’s just some people take offense to taking a knee during the national anthem. There are other ways of protesting. I’m not saying they aren’t right, I’m just saying they don’t have to make a scene about it.” — Trevor Zaruba, senior, management.

Wingate football beats Pembroke to remain undefeated and advances in AFCA ranking

Sarah Thurman Staff Writer

After a big win at home on Saturday against UNC-Pembroke,  the undefeated Wingate Bulldogs will be on the road for their next two football games.

Wingate, 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, will travel to Salisbury to play Catawba on Saturday and to Mars Hill on Oct. 21. Both games will kick off at 1:30 p.m.

The next home game will be against Newberry at Irwin Belk Stadium on Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.

The Bulldogs are one of only two undefeated teams playing NCAA football in North Carolina (the other one is North Carolina A&T) after taking a 31-28 victory over UNC-Pembroke (1-5).

Wingate is ranked No. 24 nationally in this week’s  AFCA/NCAA Division II Coaches’ top 25 poll. It’s the first time we’ve been in the rankings this season

Wide receiver Jay Hood scored the winning touchdown on a 14-yard pass from quarterback James Whitaker with 1:34 left in the game. Senior running back Lawrence Pittman ran for 165 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.

It was the first time the two teams had played each other since the 2014 season. Wingate leads the all-time series 6-3.

The game was the first for the Bulldogs since a 22-14 win at Lenoir-Rhyne on Sept. 23.

In that game, Pittman rushed 37 times for 127 yards and one touchdown. Redshirt senior place kicker Freddy McCollum made a career-high three field goals for Wingate.

By the end of first quarter Wingate led 3-0 with McCollum scoring a 19-yard field goal. At halftime L-R got the lead with a 9-yard touchdown run. But Wingate regained the lead at 10-7 on Whitakers 16-yard touchdown pass to Malik Bledsoe.

In the third quarter, McCollum kicked a 21-yard field goal for a 13-7 lead

During the fourth quarter Pittman got a 3-yard touchdown run and with 3:12 on the clock, McCollum scored a 31-yard field goal, making the score 22-7.

L-Rs Nelson Brown got a 1-yard touchdown run for the final 22-14 score.

Edited by: Brea Childs

Photo Credit: Wingate Athletics Website

Wingate Leo Club host its first Induction Ceremony to commemorate new members

Leah Joyner, Staff Writer

The Wingate University Leo Club welcomed new members into their organization last Tuesday at a special Induction Ceremony hosted by the Wingate Lions Club at the Wingate Baptist Fellowship Hall. For the ceremony, the upcoming Leo Club Officers were installed, new t-shirts were distributed to members and everyone celebrated the 100th birthday of the Lions Club International .

Leo Club, which was formed on Wingate’s campus last year, is a service organization that focuses on spreading awareness to the community about visual impairment. Throughout the year they host several community service opportunities for members to get involved in, and that is exactly what the Wingate Lions are doing. .

“I think the Induction Ceremony went really well. The Lions Club did a nice job putting it on, and it made me feel like our club was really capable of making an impact in the community. I hope that the Leo Club continues to grow and that we are able to help more people in the community,” said Bailey Freeburn, WU Leo Club Treasurer. 

Photo Credit: Leah Joyner

At the start of the evening, Leo Club members were welcomed by Wingate Lions Club members with pizza and warm smiles. After some social time, Wingate Lions Club member Dale Dupree spoke about the Lions Club International and his involvement with the Wingate Lions Club branch.

Dupree is also the liaison between the two clubs. One of the things he shared was that  Leo Club stands for “Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity” as young adults strive to develop valuable leadership skills, make new friends, and have fun while offering humanitarian services to their community.

Dupree then asked the District Lions Club Cabinet Treasurer, Harvey Whitley to install the new Leo Club members and WU Club Officers. Gabrielle Slabaugh was inducted as President, Caroline Rumley as Vice President, Katlyn Nicholas as Secretary, Bailey Freeburn as Treasure, and Sydney Walker as the Public Relations Chairperson.

“The Induction Ceremony was significant because it marks the Wingate Centennial Omega Leo Club as an official registered and certified Leo Club. For the future, we look forward to serving the community through visual activities and recycling/clean-up projects.” said Gabrielle Slabaugh.

Known around campus as “The Bulldogs that Roar,” the Leos have been known to help pick up trash along the road, send letters to soldiers, and host the Blind Olympics, all to spread awareness about the visually impaired. This year they hope to expand by reaching out to the community and  helping the Wingate Lions Club with their programs.

“Leo Club has really helped me learn more about some issues facing people in the community. Before I joined Leo Club I didn’t realize how many people suffered from visual impairments in this area, and so I think this club has helped me become more aware,” said Freeburn.  

On Wingate University’s campus, Leo Club has meetings every other Tuesday night at 6:30pm and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 24 in Hayes 202. Their next community service event will be the Letters to Soldiers table on November 7 from around 5p.m.-8p.m. where students can come write letters to those in the military.  

If you are interested in joining the Leo Club, come to a meeting or contact Gabrielle Slabaugh at or Caroline Rumley at

Edited by: Brea Childs