International student looks at food traditions

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Øystein Fjeldberg, Staff Writer

Two years ago I left Norway, my home, to study in the United States. I was excited to begin a new adventure at Wingate University, but even though I enjoyed the experience, there were things that I missed from back home. It is a little funny, but my family wasn’t what I missed the most my first time overseas. It was the food.

I had grown up eating spelt and whole grain breads for almost every meal, and now I barely eat it anymore. The meals served for dinner were different as well; I was used to having chicken once in a while, but not this often! I noticed quickly that fish was not nearly as popular here as back home.

One year ago I started making Norwegian dishes in my campus apartment. I have made bread consisting of five different kinds of flour, risengrynsgrøt (a kind of porridge similar to rice pudding), skoleboller (buns with a custard-filled center) and my family´s recipe for cinnamon chocolate cake. Americans that have tried my food usually like it, but now I wonder what other countries have to offer.

During the last week, I have talked to some international students at my university about their food traditions. When I asked a Russian girl about it, a soup made from beer was the first thing that came to her mind. The soup is called Okroshka and has a sweet taste, being made from salami, green onions and radishes.

Another Russian dish I tried last New Year’s Eve, was the Oliv’e. It is a delicious salad made from diced pieces of potatoes, meat, and vegetables, all of which is usually topped with a little bit of sour cream. Kefir is a popular drink which is often used as an ingredient in Russian dishes; sometimes the beer in Okroshka is substituted for kefir.

Next I learned about a Macedonia cuisine where vegetables and spices play a big role. When buying groceries, the local farmer’s market is the place to go. There people can get what they need to make dishes like tavče gravče and pastrmajlija, both of which are traditional Macedonian dishes.

The tavče gravče dish is made with fresh white pinto beans along with pieces of tomatoes, and was recommended by the Macedonian I talked to. He also talked about pastrmajlija, a bread pie covered with sliced meat cubes.

I friend of mine from Turkmenistan once made a dish called plov that I was lucky enough to try. Plov is a pilaf made from lamb and rice; it is a dish I can endorse. She told me about a Turkmen dinner called dograma, which is made in a unique way.

Flatbreads (similar to naan) are baked in a clay oven, and meat from a mutten’s head and limbs is boiled tender. The bread is torn into small pieces, which are then mixed with the shredded meat and slices of onions. All of it is then covered in broth. The meal is served for weddings, holidays, and other special occasions.

Germany is a place for more familiar kinds of food. Germans enjoy «heavy» food with a lot of carbs, such as potatoes and meat from pork or cow. Sausages such as the famous bratwurst, which is dark grey and heavy in texture, is popular dinner choice. Many restaurants in Germany are family businesses that serve traditional German food.

Sweden has food traditions that are very similar to those found in my home country. Swedes have a diet heavily based on whole grain bread, just like Norway. Køtbullar (meat balls) with brunsås («brown sauce»), lingonberry jam and whole boiled potatoes is the signature dish of Sweden, and is a tasty everyday dinner for the ordinary Swedish family.

Belgium is world famous for its chocolate, although Sweden has strong chocolate traditions as well spanning almost hundred years back, which are represented by the popular Maribou chocolates. The Maribou chocolate company was founded by the Norwegian businessman Johan Throste Holst in 1916, who back then was the owner of the Norwegian chocolate company Freia (which has equally strong traditions in Norway). Both the Freia and Maribou chocolates are sold as big plates weighing about 7 ounces.

And now that we are back where we started, I think this is a good place to end. I hope I inspired you to explore food from other countries, just as I became inspired researching for this story. Cheers!

Edited By Jenna Turner, Brea Childs, Danny Stueber

The life of a college physique competitor

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Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer

Society has this idea that all college students are the same. They all love to party, sleep in late, skip class because they can and put their grades at the end of their priorities. That may be the case for some college students, but not for everyone on Wingate’s campus.

John Deluca, a junior nursing student from Durham, has bigger and brighter plans for his college career: clinching his National Physique Committee Professional card. “It would definitely be a long process, but I’d love to make money competing someday,” said Deluca.

John, a former Wingate baseball player, who decided to hang-up the jersey and focus more on his grades is now a regionally ranked physique competitor. Physique competitions are about proper shape and symmetry combined with muscularity and the overall condition of one’s body.

This is different from a bodybuilding contest because it primarily focuses on aesthetics and muscle definition rather than size. The regimen of living this lifestyle is not only difficult, but it is also demanding especially when the competitor is a college student who lives on campus with limited resources.

Deluca began his physique career in his childhood home in the basement. Growing up, John was always active playing football and baseball. His parents, Steve and Beverly Deluca also have a passion for being fit while raising healthy children. John’s sister, Melissa, was also an athlete who eventually went on to play volleyball here at Wingate.

The fitness and health lifestyle soon became a family affair. While growing up around weight equipment, John was able to learn a few things from his dad. Eventually, fitness turned into his passion.

John’s daily routine here on campus begins in the early morning with a lot of food, going to class, gym time and studying. For breakfast every single day he eats four eggs, two egg whites, and one cup of sugar free oatmeal.

For lunch and dinner he usually goes to both the café and Klondike. In the café, his meal consists of two turkey patties plain, a spinach chicken wrap and sometimes a protein option that is available. In the ‘Dike, John will order the same chicken wrap and a power bar. “You really have to put down a lot of clean calories if you want to gain weight, which works out nicely for me because I love to eat,” said Deluca.

Since John eats every three hours, he also prepares meals in his apartment. This includes Chicken, tilapia, sweet potatoes, and protein shakes. “It helps to look at food as a source of energy rather than a treat. Then, once you start seeing results it gets addicting,” said Deluca.

For his workouts, John trains a different part of the body every single day. For example, some days he only works his chest, and others he only does shoulders. He works out his core every other day and takes a rest day once a month. He rarely does cardio, and if he does it is when he plays basketball with his roommates. “I just love lifting weights. There’s this bad perception of guys who work out every day. It’s not about trying to be bigger or stronger than the other dudes in there; it’s all about making yourself better,” said Deluca.

On top of all his eating and working out, he manages to find ways to balance out his life. He spends most of his time studying, but he also makes time for his friends. “My roommates have really gotten into lifting over the last couple of years as well, and I love helping them get to where they want to be,” said Deluca.

Deluca has competed in several competitions placing in both. His first show, the GK Classic, was in August of 2014. He entered in the “open class” weighing 175 lbs. He was the youngest competitor on stage out of 9 men. By his surprise, he placed third.

His next competition was the same classic the following summer. This time his division was based on height. He entered the 5’7”-5’10” division that had 15 other competitors. On stage he weighed 190 lbs. This time John came out with the first place finish, a huge trophy and a bag of supplements.

John Deluca is a prime example of how it is possible to live a healthy lifestyle on a college campus.“There are so many different options for people to stay in shape. Whether it is crossfit, powerlifting, distance running, or even Zumba, there’s something out there for everyone to enjoy.” said John. Being healthy does not mean you have to go to John’s extreme diet and routine, but he does show that is it possible.

Edited by Danny Stueber, Brea Childs, Jenna Turner

Passion behind Wingate Swimming

Leigh-Anne Clark, Staff Writer

When most people hear the word passion, they think of an uncontrollable emotion such as love or hate.  Kirk Sanocki, in his fifthteenth season as head coach of Wingate University’s swim team, gives passion a definition of his own.

“Don’t mistake my passion for anger” is heard daily by Sanocki’s swimmers at practice.  Many of his athletes think they have an idea on why their coach is so passionate, but just after a 45 minute interview, it became apparent that there is more behind this man’s passion than just powerful emotion.

When asked about his first impression of Kirk, Wingate Swimming’s Graduate Assistant Bailey Noel replied, “During my first talk with Kirk ten years ago, I could tell how passionate of a man he is”.

When Noel first started swimming at Wingate, he was not sure that it was the right fit for him, so he decided to take a break from school.  Several years later, Coach Sanocki gave him a chance to come back to Wingate, finish school and help coach along the way.

Helping and watching Sanocki’s athletes achieve what they did not believe was possible is his favorite part of the job. Sometimes he wants it more than they want it for themselves.

This is not just inside the pool.  Sanocki said he feels like he has a parental responsibly for each of his 45 swimmers.  Every day he leaves work terrified that something will happen to one of them, and he will not be there to help.

His love and passion for his swimmers goes above and beyond a coach’s mindset.  Coach Sanocki cares for his swimmers more than they could ever imagine.

A word that consistently popped up during the interview was “fear”.  For Sanocki, fear is directly related to passion. One of his biggest fears is finding his climax: “If I have found my greatest success then there is nothing that can beat it, there is no room for improvement and no point in continuing”.

Coach Sanocki said, “The day I lose sight of what I can do for this team and the day I feel satisfied with my improvement and success is the day I throw in the towel.”

Kirk is not about winning. If he sees that his athletes have pushed their limits, improved themselves beyond their expectations and did it as a team, winning is just a bonus.

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Edited by: Kyndra Sanden and Meredith Lalor

Getting to know mayor Braswell

Zach Almond and Emma Mowers, Staff Writers

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Mayor Bill Braswell is quite familiar with Wingate’s campus as he resides in the home directly across the street from the Neu academic building. Braswell says he enjoys living on campus and likes the energy and unpredictability. “I have grown to appreciate both the students and the trains,” said Braswell.  

Braswell graduated from Forest Hills High School in 1967. He then went on to attend Wake Forest University and graduated in 1971; he has been mayor since 2007. Prior to being elected, Braswell served on the Wingate town commission board since 1999. The mayor is also active within community organizations such as the Wingate Lions Club.

When Braswell was asked what sparked his interest with Wingate’s local government, he said, “Sixteen years ago, the Wingate Commissioners Board expanded from three to five members. I thought my perspective would broaden the board and that I could contribute to the process.”

Braswell believes the most pressing issue the town faces is the construction of the new Wingate Government Center, which will include both the Town Hall and Volunteer Fire Department. The construction will take place in the lot behind Pizza Hut on Main Street. Braswell plans to use his best efforts in the future while promoting the Wingate Downtown area and anticipating the Expressway’s changes.

When asked what he would like to see improved in Wingate, Braswell said, “People in outlying areas already drive to Wingate for their daily walking exercise. Walkways and more sidewalks would provide a greater attraction and could help drive the formation of a growing downtown.”

During an interview with Braswell, discussions of improvements in the town water systems were brought up.  It was obvious Braswell had given extensive thought towards the upkeep and maintenance of the water pipes in Wingate. “Our town cannot grow and prosper without both a sound water and safe sewer system. By the end of this calendar year, we will have completed a decade renovating both systems. During this time, we have had all five commissioners willing to commit almost all of our discretionary efforts toward achieving this goal,” said Braswell.

Edited by Brooke Griffin and Rob Gay

Students concerned about increased police attention

Zach Almond, Staff Writer

Increased police presence and Campus Safety have students concerned at Wingate University. During the first few weeks of class, an increase in law enforcement on campus did not go unnoticed. On a recent weekend night, police were seen standing outside students’ apartments in the Watson Village and what students refer to as “Beam Quad” and throughout other areas of campus that students do not typically see them as prevalent.

“As our University continues to grow, so do the demands placed on Campus Safety. We have added additional campus safety officers to work during peak hours of our call volume.  We continue to work closely with the Office of Residence Life and the Wingate Police Department in an effort to better serve our campus community,” said Chief of Campus Safety, Michael Easley.

This year Wingate University admitted its largest freshman class ever, and heightened security through Campus Safety has not necessarily upset students, yet the presence of Wingate police officers has.

Austin Care, a senior criminal justice major, said, “I couldn’t help but notice the increase of police presence on campus coming into my last two semesters. While the university and local police department may have good intentions behind their heightened security levels, I can’t help but argue that this is a terrible idea”.

Care goes on to describe the rumors of a “drunk tank” that have been circulating around campus. In a past weekend, a line of more than 20 students was paraded across campus, something Easley disputes.

Care said, “Wingate PD is notorious on campus for imposing intimidation through threats of false charges, talking down to students and targeting certain individuals. This kind of behavior is completely unnecessary seeing as how a college campus is supposed to be a safe haven for the students attending that school,”

He said, “Underage drinking on campus isn’t something the police should be involved in; it should be the job of campus safety to handle that situation seeing as how the individuals are on campus rather than out in the community,” Care said.

In regards to the sightings of police leading 15 to 20 students onto campus safety buses, Care believes this is a way for the police to intimidate students in attempts to keep drinking and partying at a minimum during the coming semester.

Easley disputed the claims of the use of the van for detaining students by explaining that the use of the Campus Safety Van was due to mechanical problems with the usual Campus Safety vehicle.

In regards to parading students across campus, Easley said the purpose was to “assist students in transportation to and from the main campus to Campus Lake to attend the concert on Saturday.”

The reason for the increased presence of Campus Safety and law enforcement on campus was due to the concert on Saturday night as well as other events during welcome week. Chief of Wingate Police Donnie Gaye explained that things were “hectic” at the beginning of the year so Wingate University brought in extra enforcement to partner with Campus Safety.

Threats of false charges looming over students have been frequent on this campus for quite some time, Care said., He . said that encounters his friends had with Wingate PD during his junior year did nothing but “sour the relationship” between law enforcement and students. Care says that officers spoke to students in a condescending manner as well as used threats of false charges meant to intimidate.

Easley said he has a good working relationship where he meets weekly with the Wingate Police Chief in coordination with residence life as well. “Safety is our priority for all of our campus community,” said Easley. There is daily communication between Easley and Gaye; as well as a weekly meeting between Wingate Police Department, Campus Safety, and the Office of Residence Life discussing issues involving the safety of Wingate’s campus and community.

But Care says negative interactions will “create animosity between officers and students resulting in more problems for their department.” He suggests the transition to a dry campus as a solution if the University and Wingate PD view drinking on campus as a problem.

Both law enforcement officers interviewed for the story say they’re produc of the relationships that the university has with emergency services.  Gaye adds that he wants the Wingate Police Department to “be accessible on campus.”

Wingate University’s Campus Safety encourages and supports all members of the Wingate’s community to decrease the opportunities for crime and facilitate the maximum use of its resources, Easley said. .

Commuting Students Face Trials and Tribulations

Jonathan Jenkins, Staff Writer

College life has always been characterized by dorms, sleeping in late, parties, and meeting new people. For students living on campus, these events are a normal part of the college experience. However, for those students who commute, the college experience is a little different.

Commuting is not an easy choice for your college experience. While it is a cheaper option than staying on campus, it is often a lonely road to travel down. One of the hardest things for commuters is making friends on campus. With the limited time commuters spend on campus, it can be hard to build relationships with other students.

Commuters have the library and other areas to relax during their down time, but unless you know someone who lives on campus you do not have your own personal area.

For many commuters, the most frustrating part of commuting is the parking. With the amount of commuting students increasing each year, parking spaces have become limited. Arte Elliott, a Junior, commented on the parking situation stating that Wingate needs to have more parking.

Many commuters have complained about these frustrations, and these voices have not been ignored. Wingate has focused on improving the on-campus life and parking for commuting students.

Diana Coyle, a director in the Student Resources Office discussed Wingate’s plans for the future. This year, the SGA has introduced several new plans to help connect the commuters with the on-campus life. With approval by the Student Government Association (SGA), a commuter committee has been created.

Ana Acosta, a commuting student, has been assigned as the new Commuter Assistant. She helps all commuters, but specifically focuses on new and transfer students. This gives commuters someone to meet with and talk to for assistance.

Student Resources have even introduced a program called Commuter Connections, also known as Recharge. This program provides meals for commuters during both Welcome and Finals Week.

There have been adjustments made to the parking also. These changes have provided more parking spaces for commuters. Commuter representatives have also worked on a place for commuters to relax. That vision has turned into the newly renovated Ames Turnout. These improvements have shown a change in the attitude and focus towards commuters.

The commuter life has never been as easy as living on campus. The changes that Wingate continues to make are a promising future for all commuters. The number of commuters that will take advantage of these opportunities have yet to be seen, but the environment that has been created is encouraging to get more students involved.

Edited by Kyndra Sanden and Danny Stueber

First Year of Recruitment Begins for New Sorority

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

One year ago, Alpha Omicron Pi, (also known as AOII), became the newest addition to the Wingate University Greek community. In a few short weeks, this newly-formed chapter will participate in their first year of recruitment.

Formal recruitment will, for the first time ever, consist of four sororities instead of three. Each organization plans months in advance in order for each round to go smoothly, mostly for the benefit of the newest members. For AOII, that category includes their entire chapter.

Soon enough, an estimated one-hundred potential new members will be walking through the doors into each round, unsure of what to expect. Rebecca Shaw, the president of AOII at Wingate, has some advice for the women going through recruitment, other than getting plenty of sleep, she said, “Keep an open mind. All the organizations have different things to offer. We all have philanthropy, we all have values, and we all have wonderful and amazing sisterhoods. These things are what make us unique and genuine.”

Ms. Shaw stresses the importance of knowing that each organization has passed down traditions, rituals, and values for over one-hundred years, and they all have something beautiful to offer. Diana Coyle, a sister of Chi Omega and the Associate Director of Student Involvement at Wingate, could not agree more, she said, “There are constant stereotypes that we battle as sorority women, but too often we do not hear about the impact of personal and professional growth that takes place or the lifetime support system that is built by membership.”

In the past year, the women of AOII have learned that the bonds they make are not just for four years; they are for life. Since there were no members on Wingate’s campus last year, AOII recruiters held a separate formal recruitment a few weeks after the other three sororities on campus had finished theirs.

Ms. Shaw went through both recruitments before finding her Greek home in AOII. She recalls that although the recruitments were separate, there were few, if any, differences between them. What made her experience a special one is the leadership opportunities she received that have prepared her to become a better woman and role model in her community.

In addition to becoming the president, her chapter had the honor of being initiated by AOII’s International President, Allison Allgier, which Ms. Shaw says was an experience she will never forget. What she looks forward to this year, is going through the other side of recruitment and watching each potential new member find her home within the Greek community. She said, “I have heard how incredibly rewarding it is to watch your fellow classmates run home to their organizations on bid day, and I look forward to seeing that joy for every single girl who goes through recruitment.”

Bid day, or the last day of recruitment, is a joyous event where all of the newest sorority members run across campus into the arms of their new sisters. There is a lot of tackling, crying, and picture taking, and this year, the women of AOII will experience it for themselves.

As Wingate and its Greek life continue to grow, many have wondered if they can expect another chapter any time soon. Ms. Coyle does not think so. She said, “I do not see any additional sororities coming into the community any time soon, but I would love to see growth within our Interfraternity Council and National Pan-Hellenic chapters. By growing both of these councils we will continue to provide increased membership opportunities for the entire campus.”

The deadline for sign-ups has past. The first round of recruitment, which is information session, will be take place tonight. For any additional questions or information, email Diana Coyle at d.coyle@wingate.edu.

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Edited by Brea Childs