Combatting Police Brutality

Commentary

How can we make a change?

Anthanee Doyle, Staff Writer

The Law Dictionary defines police brutality as, “the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by an officer when dealing with civilians.” This means a force well beyond what would be necessary in order to handle a situation.

The media has been capturing more cases of police brutality against specific communities. Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner all fell victim to unnecessary police brutality.

Micheal Brown was a victim of police brutality. There were several stories when it came to how police handled the situation between themselves and Micheal Brown. Officer Wilson was the first officer to come into contact with Brown. Wilson stopped the Brown on a street in Ferguson, Missouri.

Some witnesses say Brown reached into the car and hit the officer. While others state that the officer grabbed Brown by the neck and pulled him towards the car window.

Brown was shot in the hand multiple times during the altercation. He then ran at least 180 ft from the officers car, this is where he was shot at least 4 more times.

Brown was unarmed when he was killed. The officer admits he shot Brown out of self-defense.  Looking at this case some may agree that shooting an unarmed suspect is not just.

Mappingpoliceviolence.org shares a disturbing number of statistics on police violence in 2015 and 2016. African Americans are 3 times as likely to be killed by a police officer than a white male or female.

69 % of the African American victims who died at the hands of an officer were unarmed and nonviolent. One of the biggest statistics to the African American community is that 97% of the officers did not get charged with any crime and walked away free.

Apex North Carolina’s Police Department Captain Jacques Gilbert had some opinion to this issue. Mr. Gilbert has been a police officer for over 25 years and recently became Captain.

Captain Gilbert stated that, “police brutality has always been happening, but it is becoming more exposed due to the many different media outlets.”

Captain Gilbert also stated that, “there are many reasons to why police brutality happens.”

A study done by AlterNet Civil Liberties states that officers admit to having close to no supervision and guidance from the department or division to help direct them to the correct way of performing their job.

Some officers complained saying that there was a lack of training and supervision. The study done by AlterNet also showed the lack of training when it came to calming down a situation in order stop a dangerous situation.

Captain Gilbert also said there are certain qualities that can officer must have in situations such as these.  “Leadership and accountability are all important, no matter if you are a captain or a regular officer. Immoral acts won’t be tolerated. If someone does something wrong within the department we report it and don’t worry about the repercussions.”

He even said there is a website through every police department that people can go to report any bad incidents dealing with an officer. The department will really look into the issue and determine if the officer needs to be reprimanded. Most police departments also conduct routine checkups on officers to make sure all of them are doing their job right and are being held accountable.

Captain Gilbert believes community relations can help shape peoples reaction to the department. Captain Gilbert said, “We have 2 black officers out of 75 and that just isn’t enough. We cannot expect to become closer to our black community without black officers helping pave the way and if we do not change something we could easily be another story for the news.”

The moral of the story is to get to know your local police department, realize that they are people too. The officers deserve respect. Some may be out of line and say things that are unnessesary. Be sure to file a complaint with your local department if something like that happens.

Learn more about Wingate’s Police Department: http://www.townofwingatenc.gov/departments/police/

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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Columbus State vs. Wingate University Women’s Soccer

Second Game for Wingate Women’s Soccer

Callum Ross, Staff Writer

 

The Columbus State Cougars edged the Wingate University Bulldogs 2-1 in the final game of the CSU Collegiate Invitational Sunday evening. Columbus State, the second ranked team in the country improves to 2-0-0, meanwhile the Bulldogs fall to 0-1-1.

All is not doom and gloom for the Bulldogs after giving a very good account of themselves, and they were especially sharp out the blocks with two shots on goal in the opening five minutes. Sophomores Gabby Caliendo and Kimmi Moore were on target for the Bulldogs, however the tide turned midway through the first half with junior goalkeeper Alexis Jones being tested three times before the half-hour mark.

Shortly after, the Cougars got on the board when first team All-American Nicole Corcione scored from a through ball from Hugrun Elvarsdottir. Wingate pushed at the Cougars having taken 7 shots in the opening half but the 1-0 lead remained going into the interval.

The tie remained a close encounter and Wingate leveled up proceedings 18 minutes into the second half when Moore got on the end of senior forward Brooke Howell’s cross, finding the corner of the net and tying the game up 1-1.

The Bulldogs suffered a lack of concentration and took a real motivational blow by conceding less then two minutes later when Riley Clark netted the Cougars second of the evening regaining the lead 2-1 heading into the final twenty minutes.

The Bulldogs struggled to find an answer to a very strong Columbus State side and the game finished 2-1 with the Cougars outshooting the Bulldogs 23-14, and shots on target 13-6. Jones piled up a career-high 11 saves for Wingate meanwhile Moore had three shots, all of which tested the keeper.

“This was a good test for us and I feel it has shown us the little things we need to work on very soon into the season, which will help us for later on in the big games. We are going to focus on playing with just as much intensity and continue to work on the small things we need to fix,” said Sophomore Kimmi Moore.

The Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday evening, hosting Pheiffer at 6p.m. where they will look to bounce back from this defeat and get the first win of the 2016 campaign.

Find out more information about Wingate Women’s Soccer: www.wingatebulldogs.com

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Lee University vs. Wingate Women’s Soccer

First Match of the Season

Callum Ross, Staff Writer

 

The Wingate University Bulldogs started their 2016 season with a very challenging road trip playing both Lee University and Columbus State University in their opening fixtures.

Wingate opened the campaign with a 0-0 draw against Lee, which went the distance to double overtime. The game was held at Columbus State part of the CSU Collegiate Invitational. The Bulldogs and Flames both made it to the NCAA tournament last season, with the quality of both sides apparent as they struggled to break each other down.

Although the contest ended scoreless, Wingate edged it with a 15-11 advantage with shots, however Lee outscoring Wingate 6-5 in shots on goal. Each team notched four shots on goal and two shots on target in the opening half with Sophomore attacking midfielder Kimmi Moore registering the first shot on frame for the Bulldogs’ 2016 campaign. By the end of the first half the momentum started to swing in Lee’s favour, with Junior all-SAC goalkeeper Alexis Jones having to stay alert and keep two efforts out from Anna Leslie of Lee in the final four minutes.

The game ended with nine shots to five in favour of the Bulldogs with Junior Kaitlyn Fletcher (Jacksonville, N.C) starting the second half positively with a shot on goal. Redshirt sophomore Colleen Zickert also came close in the 86th minute but again was denied by Lee goalkeeper Anna Leslie. Zickert was a crucial part of the Bulldogs team her freshman year and her return from an ACL injury will only benefit Wingate.

The game ended after two overtime periods of cancelling each other out and both teams had to settle for a draw meaning both opened their season 0-0-1.

“The game was a close contest of course but I feel we controlled the middle and made a few chances but failed to take them. It was positive, though, and we know what we have to work on,” said Macy Franklin, all-SAC senior Wingate defender.

The Bulldogs are back in action this Sunday, facing second-ranked Columbus State at 4:30p.m.

Find out more about the women’s soccer team and their events: http://wingatebulldogs.com/

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Wingate Football Special Olympics Day

Athletes are able to connect with those participating in the Special Olympics

Jackson Kaplan, Staff Writer

The Wingate University football program hosted its 13th annual Special Olympics Football Field Day at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field Saturday. With the conclusion of pre-season camp and the home/season opener one week away, this is a unique opportunity for each of the student-athletes to give back to their Bulldog faithful.

WU offensive coordinator Mike Long takes great pride in organizing this event each year. “This is a great way for our guys to interact with the community,” Long says. “It is our end-of-camp tradition. Our players and coaches do a phenomenal job making our visiting Olympians feel welcome.”

The event includes three different interactive stations in which the participants engage: quarterback throwing accuracy, running back footwork and speed and defensive tackling. Each player and coach had a smile on his face throughout the entire day as they created a personal relationship with each of the Olympians. Redshirt senior defensive end and team captain Andre Foulks (York, S.C.) reflected on this unique experience as he enters his final season in a Bulldog uniform.

“This is a way for us to get the community involved in what we are doing,” Foulks says. “We love being around these guys…I believe we get as excited as they do. It is a good way to cap off a hard pre-season camp.” Foulks is a pre-season first team All-South Atlantic Conference selection. He received first team all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

“It is always great to reach out,” Foulks says. “We are thrilled to have the Olympians here and see how excited they are about football. It gives us a lot of motivation and makes us realize how truly blessed we are to play this game.”

The upperclassmen members of the team stood with the Field Day participants as they joyfully engaged in the activities and created excitement for the athletes. The freshmen student-athletes took on the role as the “hype team” and stood up in the visitors’ bleachers to cheer on the men and women participating in the stations and drills. The younger student-athletes created their own cheers and kept extremely high spirits throughout the day.

During the course of the event, the Olympians would occasionally run over to the freshman hype section to do a dance in front of them. This gave each of the Wingate student-athletes much delight…everyone had the time of their lives.

All of the long hours, early mornings, late evenings and rigorous workouts of pre-season camp has come to a close and the start of the 2016 campaign is quickly approaching. Wingate head football coach Joe Reich particularly enjoys this day as a reward for his team’s hard work.

“We have always preached in our program that we are an extension of the educational experience here,” Reich says. “(The Special Olympics Field Day) is a great chance for our guys to give back and to learn about service. It is always refreshing to see the Special Olympics athletes and their families have such a good time every year. This is an awesome, feel-good experience for our players to take a little break after pre-season camp and have some fun.”

It is a fun-filled day for everyone involved in the 13th annual Wingate University Special Olympics Football Field Day. The event has become a strong tradition within the Bulldog football program each season and has evolved tremendously over the years. “It is a humbling experience for our team,” Reich says. “This is real-life and this is what it is all about. We believe this teaches our guys there is more to life outside of football. Life is not perfect all the time and it is rewarding to see how happy these Olympians and their families are each year. Mike Long does a phenomenal job setting everything up…he was the one who gave us the idea of giving back to the community.”

Long coordinates many of the WU football community service events along with this day, including the student-athletes reading to elementary school students and visiting the children’s hospitals. “It teaches our guys to be a part of something bigger than them,” Long says. “I enjoy this day a lot and it has become more self-running over time.

Our players and coaches do all the hard work and they do a terrific job. It is another way to signify the beginning of the season and for our guys to interact with our community outside of football.”

The Wingate University Bulldogs football team will commence their 2016 season next Saturday (Sept. 3) when they host the Golden Bulls of Johnson C. Smith University at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field. The University will hold its fifth annual Tailgating for the Troops Project as the special promotion for next weekend’s gridiron match-up. Kick-off is slated for 1:30 p.m. with the contest airing on ESPN3.

Read more: http://wingatebulldogs.com/news/2013/8/31/FB_0831131108.aspx?path=football

Edited by: Sara Gunter

 

Was Lochte in the wrong?

Athlete scandals and more…

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

What really happens to the athletes that lose endorsement deals when they become involved in bad news? Many might say that they are not good role models, or they are just acting undisciplined.

For instance, twelve-time U.S. Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte was involved in an incident in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games with three of his fellow  American teammates.  Lochte, 32, took a major financial hit when he tried to pass the incident as something that it was not. Due to this event, his sponsors took action.

Swimsuit company Speedo USA, clothing brand Ralph Lauren, and skin-care company Syneron-Candela all dropped Lochte from being affiliated with their brand.

Marion Jones, 40, was an American former World Champion track and field athlete and a former professional basketball player for Tulsa Shock in the WNBA. Jones, who won five medals during the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia acknowledged that she used steroids as she prepared herself for the Olympic Games.

In 2004, the International Olympic Committee had an open investigation because of those allegations. She denied using any performance-enhancing drugs. In 2007, Jones admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, and plead guilty in New York on two counts of lying to federal agents about the doping, and unrelated financial matter.

In this case, Jones was sentenced six months in prison and two years of probation and community service. “I want to apologize to you all for all of this” Jones said. “I am so sorry for disappointing you all in so many ways, and I apologize for not being the role model for children who look up to me.” 

“I think athletes performing at the highest levels come under incredible scrutiny from fans and the media,” said Wingate University’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Will Hayes. As a strength and conditioning coach, Hayes has to be aware of things such as this.  
“Regardless,  the athlete’s ability to come back from a ‘scandal’ seems to be placed more on his or her continued success in competition. For example, Tiger Woods with Michael Vick. Tiger Woods fell out-of-favor after his failed marriage and affairs. He was unable to return to the golf course and perform at a high level and remain on the fringe of favorability. Michael Vick, though imprisoned, was able to return to the NFL and perform very well for a few years. Vick’s attempts to redeem himself after his mistakes played a key role in his return to popularity, but these acts would not have gotten him as far without the help of his continued success,” says Hayes. 

Check out more information about the Ryan Lochte scandal: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/sports/olympics/ryan-lochte-suspended-10-months-for-rio-scandal.html?_r=0

Edited by: Sara Gunter

The Problem with Concussions

Prevention and Facts about Concussions and their effects on athletes. 

Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer

Concussions in sports have become one of the most debated topics in recent years among parents, coaches, doctors and sport analysts around the world. The dangers of concussions have always been prevalent in the minds of sports organizations.

However, they had no idea on how to properly treat a concussion and keep their athletes safe while in competition. Thanks to the concussion epidemic of recent years, organizations are being forced to take a deeper look into the causes of concussions and what they can do to minimize their occurrence.

The word concussion means “to shake violently.” A concussion occurs when someone is struck with enough force to the head that it causes the brain to move around in the skull. Some symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness and disorientation.

According to a study published in The American Journal of Sport Medicine, Men’s Wrestling had the highest percentage of Sport Related Concussions (SRC) at 10.92 percent per 10,000 Student Athletes.

Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey were the next highest at 7.91 and 7.52 percent respectively. Football followed close behind at 6.7l percent.

Although Men’s Wrestling had the highest percentage of SRC, football had the highest number of annual concussions at 3,417.

Studies like the one above became more relevant after the case of Preston Plevretes, a former college football player at La Salle University in Philadelphia. On Oct. 4, 2005, he suffered his first concussion after being hit during practice.

After the hit, he complained of headaches and a few days later was told to go to the school’s medical center where he was diagnosed with a concussion. He was told he could return to play after sitting out just one game.

On Nov.5, 2005 a 2nd blow to the head that would change his life forever. Thanks to that hit, Plevretes suffers from Second Impact Syndrome (SIS.)

SIS occurs when your brain is not fully recovered from your first concussion and you get hit again and cause non-repairable damage to your brain. This is why on April 29, 2010 the NCAA required all schools to have a concussion management plan.

Robbie Wise, the head football Athletic Trainer for Wingate University, discussed the return to play policy. This policy contains 7 days that the player must complete in order to be cleared to play.

On the 1st day, the athlete must be symptom free for 24 hours. On day 2, the athlete must complete a mild workout. On day 3, the athlete must complete an 85% workout. On day 4, they complete a no contact practice. On day 5, they have a full contact practice. On day 6, they have a full release to practice. Day 7 the athlete must be cleared by the team doctor. It is up until this point that the athlete can then be cleared to play. If the symptoms return, the athlete must repeat the process.

Cody Cothren, a former football player at Wingate University, experienced 5 concussions in his collegiate career. Cothren said the best way to avoid a concussion is to “stay hydrated, manage your pain the right way, and practice good tackling techniques.”

Concussions will always be a pressing issue in sports, but according to Dr. Brandy Clemmer, the program coordinator for Athletic Training at Wingate University, the best way to limit concussions from occurring is for coaches and players to stay educated.

Check out more information: http://wingatebulldogs.com/

Edited by: Sara Gunter

 

 

HB2: Affecting Sports in NC 

HB2 and its Effects.

Zeriq Lolar, Staff Writer

Sports in the state of North Carolina have been dramatically affected by House Bill 2, a law passed this year  that prevents transgender people from using government run restrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify.

Transgender people who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificates have no legal right under state law to use public restrooms of the gender with which they identify.

Recently, Duke University’s basketball team lost a scheduled season home opener to Albany due to the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo saying, “non-essential trips to the State of North Carolina were prohibited.”

Duke Head Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “the law is embarrassing.” UNC-Chapel Hill Girls basketball has also lost a game due to the HB2 law vs. Vermont. But one of the biggest casualties from the HB2 law in North Carolina sports is to the city of Charlotte. Charlotte lost their host spot for the 2016 NBA all-star weekend.

And just this week, the NCAA pulled seven different championship events, including first round games in the Division I men’s basketball tournament scheduled for Greeensboro, out of the state.

A study in 2014 by the University of New Orleans’ Hospitality Research Center found that the prediction proved to be more than what they thought, $106.1 million. A total of $60.4 million came in direct spending, with another $45.7 million in secondary spending, this was after they predicted the revenue to be $89.6 million.

The NBA put their foot down, and removed Charlotte as the host city for the NBA weekend. This takes away a lot of dollar signs from the city. “We do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

I got to talk with local Wingate University Athletic director, Steve Poston.  Poston said, “I think most schools in North Carolina are waiting to see how the courts will rule on HB2 and similar laws in other states. Therefore, I am not sure how HB2 will impact sports at other schools in North Carolina. That said, Wingate University and our athletic department is committed to our established non-discrimination policy. As a result, the athletic department will make the accommodations necessary to support the University’s non-discrimination position.”

Even though Poston does not know how it will affect sports he stands strong by the non-discrimination policy. I also talked with Wingate University Men’s Basketball Associate Head basketball coach Marcus Kirkland. 

Kirkland stated, “Unfortunately this law has brought a ton of negative attention and there could be more people following the NBA’s lead of moving the All-Star game out of Charlotte. We will continue to lose regional NCAA basketball and baseball games until this is recalled. This also could be used to negatively recruit against schools in NC. Some players may feel uncomfortable going to school in a state with such a law.”

As you look at this situation as a whole, you get this sense of anxiousness, anger, embarrassment, and even sorrow. With a predicament like this we can only take the words of Poston, all we can do is just wait and see how this plays out.

 

Check out more information about HB2:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Facilities_Privacy_%26_Security_Act

Edited by: Sara Gunter