Bulldogs beat Limestone at homecoming and claim the SAC title

(EDITOR’S UPDATE: The Bulldogs ended their regular season with a 25-17 loss at Tusculum on Saturday. But Wingate, ranked No. 16 in Division II, earned a spot in the playoffs and will host the University of West Florida in a first-round game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Irwin Belk Stadium.) 

Harrison Taylor, Staff Writer

The Wingate University football team moved to 9-0 on Saturday in a win against Limestone College. The Bulldogs claimed the SAC as they demolished Limestone 44-20, climbing to #12 in the AFCA/NCAA Division II Coaches’ top 25 poll. This breaks a record for the team, as they were ranked for a fifth consecutive week in that poll.

During the game, senior running backs Blake Hayes and Lawrence Pittman combined for 279 yards rushing. While Limestone scored a touchdown early on in the game, the Bulldogs dominated in the second-half, as redshirt junior quarterback Dylan Williams threw a career-high of four touchdown passes.

Yesterday Wingate played Tusculum as their final regular game of the season. Despite their loss, the Bulldogs have claimed the SAC title as theirs, with no competition on the horizon.

Last Saturday was also Wingate’s Homecoming game, as the University saw a return of alumni and the crowning of this year’s homecoming King and Queen. Seniors Isaac Aning and Hannah Overcash took the crown as they were voted in by their peers, thus ending the week of festivities leading up to the game.

Edited by: Brea Childs

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Wingate’s BIGG holds its Second annual Running of the Bullies

Tia Randolph, Staff Writer

An excited cluster of spectators cheered for their brindled champions last Saturday at Wingate’s Homecoming celebration. The second annual Running of the Bullies Race sponsored by the BIGG organization, bulldogs into going green.

The event, hosted by BIGG, opened the promenade and Main Street to the furry foster friends of Bullies to the Rescue, a local, breed specific rescue organization of the Carolina’s. This year, not only families owning bulldogs attended the event, but also foster families with rescued bulldogs available for adoption. 

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Photo by: Tia Randolph

Before the main event, many of the contestants participated in a costume contest, earning titles and prizes in categories ranging from “School Spirit” to a “clown category”.  Crowned Homecoming King and Queen of the costume contest were the amazing Fenris and his lovely lady, Queen Cora.

By the time contenders began lining Main Street, a crowd had already gathered ready to support the adorable contestants. The race itself was a close one. The champion of each brackets eventually came to face each other in one final faceoff. In an upset, the crowd favorite, Meatball,  whose three wins in a row convinced fans of his inevitable victory, was left in the dust by Cloony.

Along with some returning flat faces like Fen and Cloony, four new friends joined the fray. These special dogs were rescues arriving with their temporary caregivers.

One of these adoptable dogs was Emmet, a young brindle bulldog sporting a fashionable blue green harness and a drooly, endearing grin. His registered, Bullies to The Rescue Foster Handler, Wendy, explained more about the program BIGG  and was so determined to support.

Bullies to The Rescue is an organization which rescues English Bulldogs and enables them to find permanent loving homes. Often, the rescued animals have been abandoned due to health conditions resulting from ignorance of how to correctly feed and provide for the animals on behalf of the owners.

Bulldogs found by the organization are completely rehabilitated, and all health problems are completely covered by the rescue, as well as expenses put towards behavioral training to prepare formerly mistreated or neglected dogs for life with a forever family.

To adopt a dog like Emmet, a prospective owner would participate in phone and personal interviews, as well as a house evaluation to ensure the family was the right fit for the Bulldog. Any volunteers willing to open their home to a foster dog go through a similar process.

Funds from Carolina Pet Pantry, the business’ physical pet feed and supply in Indian Trail, preserve the rescue and enable it to contact similar ministries around the South East. Because of the work the rescuers are able to do, dozens of bulldogs have been rescued from puppy mills and kill shelters in North and South Carolina, and even in Texas.

Last year the organization was able to place two hundred bulldogs in happy homes, and this year, 160 bulldogs have already been matched with loving families. Besides the income of the store, donations, fundraisers and partnerships such as this year’s partnership with Wingate’s BIGG , help to keep both the online and physical store operational. This allows Bullies 2 The Rescue reach English Bulldog Rescues all over the United States.

Edited By: Brea Childs

Mental health problems facing college students all around

Aleah Cady, Staff Writer

College can be an exciting, enriching experience. For most young adults, college is their first step into the world of “adulthood”- that may mean living away from home, having a job, paying bills for the first time, and taking on the responsibilities of college-level courses.

College is a different experience for each student, but unfortunately for some, the fun parts of school such as making new friends, or having more freedom, are overshadowed by situations which can be stressful, and make school feel like a burden.

It can be pretty shocking to transition from four years of high school and living at home, and suddenly adapt to a faster-paced, unfamiliar environment which may mean living in a new city, state or even country; moving away from your friends and family, taking six or seven classes at a time, being responsible for student loans or bills, struggling to decide on a major, etc.

These experiences can be especially hard for students with mental illness, or those who struggle with stress. For these students, college can be less of a fun experience, and more of a contributor to their stress and worries. Sadly, the stress of college can often lead to heightened anxiety and depression, sleeping problems, poor school performance, or more serious issues including drug or alcohol abuse.

Some students even drop out of school entirely. According to a 2011 study from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 62% of students who withdrew from college before graduation did so because of poor mental health.

With the increasing prevalence of anxiety among young adults, mental health is being discussed more than ever before on campuses across the nation. Schools are making changes to accommodate students with mental illness, and help them succeed despite their differences.

Luckily at Wingate University, there are a variety of resources available to help students cope with their problems and be successful. One resource is the counseling services. Students can email the counseling department to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor that fits their schedule.

Students are welcome to discuss a variety of concerns from school, to grades, to social life, and beyond. You are meeting with a trained professional who can listen to your concerns, and help you understand your options.

Other helpful resources include the ARC, or Academic Resource Center. ARC offers tutoring services to all Wingate students, free of charge. You can receive help with studying or doing your homework, which can help improve your grades and give you more confidence in school.

If you are a student with a disability, you can turn to Disability Support Services for accommodations in concern to housing, testing, or other specific services that can help you. There are options to make school more comfortable for you, despite what challenges you may be facing.

If you’re a student struggling with mental illness or stress, you are not alone.In addition to reaching out and talking to a professional, you can also make small lifestyle changes to better your mental state.

  • Try to get enough sleep. It’s really hard when you have classes all day, and work and assignments to do at night, but try and get a twenty or thirty minute nap into your day, or take advantage of the weekends and get some rest.
  • Eat healthy foods, drink water, and exercise. Again, this may require changing your schedule up a bit, but take a few extra minutes a day to think about foods and drinks you’re putting into your body. Also, many studies show that light exercise such as going for a walk, or biking, can reduce stress levels, and improve your grades.
  • Avoid taking on too many responsibilities at once. You are at school to learn. Between academics, clubs, sports, work, homework, studying, and a social life, you can easily become overwhelmed. Evaluate what is really important to you, and try and cut out tasks or activities that stress you out. It’s okay to be human, and have weaknesses. Everybody needs a break sometimes.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol in excess. They may feel like a temporary way to relax, but overusing drugs and alcohol use can increase stress levels, and result in more problems to face.
  • Know when to ask for help. It can be hard in such a fast-paced society to stop and say “I need help.” However, if you are struggling with self-harm, suicidal thoughts, or any other problems which may threaten your safety, it is important to get help immediately. Listed below are the phone numbers to contact Campus Safety, or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. However, always call 911 in an emergency situation.
  • Remember that it’s okay to be stressed and worried. You aren’t alone, and it’s okay to cut yourself some slack every now and then. Take time to do things that make you happy, and try to cut out negative situations or people who may bring you down.

If you need help with a situation in which counseling services or any of the other resources mentioned above may not be able to help, here are a list of other resources you may turn to, especially if your safety is at risk:

➔ In an emergency situation, always call 911.

➔ Wingate Police (Non-emergency) (704)–233–5657

➔ Campus Safety (704)–233–8999

➔ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800)-273-8255

Edited by: Brea Childs

 Photo from: Google Images

‘Class Cab’ Kicks Off Homecoming With a New Ride

Allison Hoyle, Staff Writer

Putting a spin on the hit TV show, Cash Cab, BARC put together an event this past Monday dubbed “Class Cab” to help kick off Wingate’s Homecoming week. The campus could be seen with several golf carts which were decked out in blue and gold decoration zooming around and passengers blurting out answers to the driver of the cart.

Passengers ranged from just one to a full cart .  Students were able to catch a ride on the golf carts and could answer Wingate related questions to win prizes while they were shuttled to their next class.

While students who were on teams competed for the Homecoming Cup, other students were able to participate and could win spirit items such as pom-poms, Wingate cups, koozies and several other goodies.

“As I was walking to the McGee Center, someone pulled up beside me on a Wingate decorated golf cart and asked if I needed a ride to my destination, I said sure and the next thing I knew I was being cheered on by the driver and another member of BARC as they asked me questions,” said Class Cab participate, Lizzie Gamwell. “Whenever I got a question right, they kept cheering me on and I ended up winning some gold beads and a koozie.”

Students were asked questions that ranged anywhere between traditional Wingate history and the knowledge of locations of different things on campus.

“I loved being able to ride from class to my apartment instead of having to walk, plus I won a free cup in the end and was also able to help my team win some points that went towards the Homecoming Cup,” said Kaley Geer. “I was kind of nervous about it at first because I wasn’t really sure what all I would be asked, but once I got started I realized that I actually knew a lot more about Wingate than I originally thought!

With other homecoming activities going on throughout the week, it was important to get students in the spirit by starting with something as interactive as Cash Cart.

“We had a great turn out with participants doing the Class Cab and I really enjoyed being a part of it with asking questions to students because it really showed how much students actually pay attention to their surroundings on campus,” said Mariah Teague, BARC spirit chair.

“I really believe that by BARC putting on this event, it put students in the mood for homecoming and that’s really what it’s all about. Seeing everyone so excited makes us excited and lets us know that we’re doing a great job at putting on these events,” Teague continued

Edited by: Andrew Elliott and Rachael Robinson

WU Students TP Campus for Homecoming Celebration

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Wessli-Ann Hardee, Staff Writer

Wingate University students clear out the store shelves as they stock up on toilet paper for the annual homecoming tradition of “TPing” the campus on Thursday night.

For years, Wingate University has been establishing traditions for students to take part in during homecoming. One of their biggest is allowing the students to cover the campus in toilet paper.

Bailey Goforth, a sophomore at Wingate, said she had heard about the crazy tradition when she toured the campus as a senior in high school.

“I never believed it could be as fun as they said it was, but participating in it as a freshman made me realize that what they were saying was true,” Goforth said. “It’s one of my favorite memories as a student here and something I always look forward to.”

“TPing” is usually seen as a type of vandalism, but the staff at Wingate University allow the students to have a little fun doing something they normally couldn’t get away with.

“I almost feel bad for making our campus look so terrible, but it really does look so cool the next day when you are walking to class,” Goforth said.

On the Thursday night of homecoming week, students leave their rooms and cover every inch of campus with toilet paper. They even go as far as pouring soap in the fountains.

“Last year I jumped in the fountain full of soap, even though it was freezing outside,” said student Veronica Manka. “I plan on doing that again this year. It was so fun.”

Wingate’s Student Government Association also created a little incentive for students in order to make the clean up the following week a little bit easier. For each garbage bag of toilet paper the students bring to the Office of Residence Life, they will receive a free t-shirt.

“Although it’s a lot of fun throwing the toilet paper…it makes quite the mess. To try and help maintenance, SGA encourages students to join in our annual clean up the Monday following homecoming,” said Kirby VonEgidy, vice president of marketing and communications for Wingate University’s student government. “We made the mess, the least we can do is help pick it up.”

The tradition has become such a fun event for the students to participate in, and senior Zack Singleton said it will be on his list of “most missed things” about Wingate University when he graduates in the spring.

“I’ve always looked forward to ‘TPing’ the quad,” said Singleton. “I’m really bummed that this will be my last year.”

Wingate’s homecoming week was full of games, activities and events. “TPing” the quad is one of the final traditions before the homecoming tailgate and football game on Nov. 4.

Edited by Gabriela Cabrera, Ryan Mackintosh and Mason Teague

WU Alum First to Receive MASM Award

By Adam Riley II, Staff Writer

Wingate alum, Callie Phillips, was presented with the first Master of Arts in Sport Management Distinguished Alumni Award during an expert panel discussing Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in College Athletics in Austin Auditorium last week.

“No one has to do everything, but everyone can do something to help stop sexual assault and domestic violence,” Phillips said.

She graduated from Wingate in 2013 with her master’s in sport administration and she is the current head volleyball coach at Johnson & Wales University.

Edited By Harrison Taylor, Dustin Kiggins, and Cierra Smith

 

Former Disney Executive Creates NaviGATEtours Magic

Sydney Taylor, Staff Writer

A former Disney executive spoke to Wingate University’s tour guides about effective customer service and the best practices for interacting with the public on Wednesday John Formica is the former manager of the Walt Disney World Resort.  He worked at Disney for over 20 years, learning the ins and outs of the company and what made it the success it is today.  

In his meeting with the tour guides, also called NaviGATEtours, Formica described Disney’s business model and how it can be applied at Wingate. He explained how to make the experience “magical”.  Formica likened doing a job to being “on-stage”.

“I wasn’t exactly sure what Mr. Formica was going to talk to us about”, said NaviGATEtour, Maddie Pope. “I wasn’t sure how Disney World and Wingate related to each other”.

Formica called Wingate University a business and said it is necessary for the tour guides to think of it as such. When people visit they are deciding whether or not they are going to write a check and invest in the school.

“When people stop writing checks you’re all out of business”, said Formica “You’ll just be an average university”.

Formica explained tour guides play a role and are on all of the time, every day of the year.

Disney is known for several things including having nice people, being clean, paying attention to detail, and exceeding expectations. Formica said that this is the reputation Wingate should be striving for as well.

At Wingate, there are several things that tour guides can do to ensure that prospective students have an experience that will make them want to attend.

NaviGATEtour, Tim Myers, agrees with Formica, “We are in the business of making sure that people’s experience on our campus is the best experience that they can have on any campus.”

Formica said one way creating an experience can be done is by forming good with relationships with visiting students. In order to build a relationship, tour guides have to “be interested, not interesting” according to Formica. Be interested in the individual in order to connect with them. “Get to know their story”, said Formica. “If you do that, they’ll hear you and want to know your story as well.”

Formica also explained that, like Walt Disney, tour guides have to “create the dream”. In order to do that a question must be answered: What do you visualize this campus to be? It is important to know our purpose on campus. For tour guides, the purpose is to change lives. It is also imperative that you believe in your purpose.

Formica also described how there are three things that Disney sells: imagination, fantasy and happiness. Keeping with the Disney model, Formica explained that it’s the job of the tour guides to help visiting students imagine what it would be like to attend Wingate, build their fantasy and show how the school creates happiness.

Formica told NaviGATEtours that visiting students should be treated as guests. Guests want reliability, responsiveness and empathy, assurance and trust, tangibles, personal attention and a positive, memorable experience. Formica advised that appearance, dialogue and body language all create an impression that will be perceived by prospective students, their parents, and everyone else on campus.

Formica ended with the talk by urging the tour guides to enjoy what they do. He noted how Walt Disney believed that if you could dream it, you could believe it.

Edited By: Andrew Elliott and Rachael Robinson