COMING UP SOON: Union County School Board coverage

Over the next several days we will be rolling out some stories produced by the COM 445 Advanced News Reporting class from their coverage of the Oct. 4 Union County School Board meeting at Cuthbertson High School in Waxhaw.

Rather than have everyone do one catch-all story about the entire meeting agenda, we decided to break down the meeting into some less time-sensitive stories to highlight some of the major points of discussion. It’s also an opportunity for us to branch out into coverage of some community/area issues.

Let us know what you think of the stories.


Dr. Keith Cannon

John B. Ashcraft Professor of Journalism

Faculty Adviser, The Weekly Triangle Online 


QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Presidential Debates

The COMM 220 News Writing class spent this afternoon asking people: “Are you going to watch the presidential debate on Wednesday? Why or why not? Did you watch either of the first two? If so, what did you think?”

Class member Christina Kroeger talks with Wingate student Crystal Fuller: 


Mary Maye is an administrative assistant in the School of Business:


Here are notes from her interview with Jackson Kaplan and Delaney Smith:


Kyle Brodt, Tariah Harrell and Andrew Elliott got this reaction from freshman biology major Reagan Thomas: 

Here’s what political science professor Dr. Jake Wobig had to say:


Mary McClenby of Wingate works in the Klondike. She said she did not watch the first two debates, but will watch Wedenesday’s debate to learn about the candidates’ ideas about the issues.


And one more:

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Wingate students can watch Wednesday’s debate on big-screen TV starting at 9 p.m. in Ames Turnout in the DPC.



Wingate Welcomes Arun Gandhi, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi

Students listen and engage at Lyceum with Gandhi’s Grandson. Students gain valuable lifelong lessons. 

Rachael Robinson, Staff Writer

Wingate University welcomed Arun Gandhi, the grandson of nonviolent philosopher and Indian civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi, to the McGee Theater on Tuesday night. Arun spoke to what Molly Hutson, a sophomore, described as “one of the quietest, most captivated audiences for a Lyceum” she has seen.

Arun spoke of lessons he learned from his grandfather. His message was clear as he spoke to a packed house: we can find peace without violence, but first we must learn how to control our anger.

Arun Gandhi, spent two years of his life learning, not only how to control his anger from his Grandfather, but how to understand it. “Anger can be like electricity: It’s just as useful and it’s just as powerful, but only when we use it intelligently and effectively. Otherwise, it could be deadly” Arun stated.

This quote spoke to two Wingate University students, Rodney Gillis and CJ James, both academic seniors on campus. James wrote “It was interesting to hear the way that Gandhi explained anger as electricity, and that we can use that energy to either destroy or create.”

Gandhi spoke of research done by Harvard University, which found that “85% of the violence that we experience comes from anger.” He recalled an assignment given to him from his grandfather; drawing violence as if it were a family tree.

He began with Physical and Passive violence. Listing the branches from physical violence wasn’t difficult, but the passive violence he realized was a very different story. He recalled passive violence took over his wall while physical violence was only a tiny branch.

Gandhi explains this difference by saying “All the things we do everyday, consciously and unconsciously, cause us to do harm against the world and its people.” Gandhi sees passive violence as a gateway to physical violence. He notes that the connection between the two is anger. “Passive violence leads to anger in the victim, which then leads to physical violence as a result.”

One of the biggest acts of passive violence that Arun Gandhi could describe was tolerance. Tolerance according to Webster’s Dictionary is “fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one’s own.”

“Tolerance is not respect” Gandhi told the audience. CJ James points out that he was surprised to hear Gandhi distinguish that he does not advocate tolerance. “If we are tolerating people then we still harbor bad feelings towards them, we just don’t act on them,” James agrees “He advocates a change of heart where we are able to see all people the same and not judge them in that way. “

Gandhi also took time to point out the wasted opportunity that he saw on college campuses across the country. “College campuses are the microcosms of the world. All the races come together to live for at least 4 years. And we spend more time learning from textbooks than from each other.  By focusing more on textbook learning college students miss out on once in a lifetime opportunities that are right outside their doors.

So in a world where passive violence is constant, how do we control our anger? Arun Gandhi’s answer? Find a solution. One way he suggested to try to find a solution, was to keep an anger journal, but Gandhi’s anger journal was different. Instead of an individual simply describing the situation that had led to the anger, Gandhi encouraged them to explain how to handle it in a healthy way, to find a solution.

Strengthening your mind is also a key part of controlling you anger. Gandhi recalled an exercise his grandfather had him do everyday. Arun had to find a quiet room and sit holding an object. After studying the object for one minute he was to close his eyes and see how long he could hold the image. The longer you can see the image after closing your eyes, the more focus you have and the greater control you have over your mind.

Arun Gandhi sees how one man can make a difference. He had learned from his grandfather that the meaning of peace was simple, “If someone finds peace and locks it in their heart, it will perish with them, but if the spread the word its meaning will spread.”

Lauren Mason, a Sophomore, describes her feelings on this idea, “the wheat in the box was an awesome idea. The wheat represented happiness and it will die alone if you keep it in the box, but if you plant it, the wheat will grow and spread into a field of wheat, like how one can spread happiness.” Arun says for one man to be successful in creating a change in the world, he must not be focused on the result.

Wingate University students could recognize the importance of the Lyceum that they were attending. Gandhi’s message was met with a positive response from many students.

Rodney Gillis thought “It was amazing to hear from the grandson of Gandhi and to listen to what he had to say about his reflections of his grandfather.”

“I appreciated the fact that Gandhi recognize the simple observation that in order to accomplish peace you had to look for it, you have to make it a part of your culture, I find this to be a beautiful insight in a world to which everyone is looking for someone’s fault”, Trevor McKenzie, a senior, said about Gandhi’s message.

Kori Burgess found inspiration from Gandhi’s message, “I think we can all learn to let go of the past and the things that anger us and instead to move on, move forward, and strengthen our society through peace, respect, and understanding.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Drama Society Seeks New Members and Involvement

New organization on campus seeks members for upcoming productions in the fall and spring. 

Rachael Robinson, Staff Writer

Harrison Taylor, President of the newly formed Wingate Drama Society, was faced with a challenging question; Where are the artists on campus?

This question was being asked by Dr. Barbara Pann, a Communications Professor here at Wingate University and the Wingate Drama Society Faculty Advisor. The answer was as complicated as the question itself. Dr. Pann explains, “There are artists here, but sometimes we have to seek them out.”

The Wingate Drama Society is Wingate’s newest way of “seeking.”

Wingate Drama Society (WDS) is open to everyone, not only those who want to perform. The Drama Society is open to those who are interested in the “backstage” roles. Dr. Pann knows, “Performers are willing to adapt and do what they have to, but we have room for others who want to help.”  Backstage opportunities would include students interested in publication, costumes, stage management, and set building, just to name a few.

Harrison has already seen growth in the program.  The club currently has 41 members on their WUSync page. Harrison describes his excitement about this growth, “It’s crazy to me, that we even have as many as we do because last spring when we had our first interest meeting it was 7 people including myself.”

Dr. Pann describes the effect that being involved in a theatre program can have on an individual. Students involved in theatre have the opportunity to gain workplace and life skills such as: creative problem solving, motivation, time budgeting, confidence, and presence in an environment outside of the classroom.

Dr. Pann also sees involvement as a way to help students make connections here on campus, “As we become a more screen oriented society, it becomes more difficult for a student to walk up to an office door and introduce themselves. I think these performance exercises are going to help with those interactive skills.”

Currently the Drama Society has two major programs planned for the year, a theatre showcase in the fall and a play, Almost Maine, in the spring. The Showcase will be held in the Recital Hall on November 21st.

This showcase follows the theme of “Contemporary Theatre” which includes anything written between 1990 and now. With this theme, Harrison hopes to show the audience that theatre is not just something that “you have to go see, get signed off, and then go home.”  Auditions for Almost Maine will be held in early November and are open to anyone on campus who is interested.

Wingate Drama Society is open to everyone on campus who is interested. The meetings are held in Hayes Room 202 at 5 pm on every other Wednesday. New members can still join until October 5th; dues are $10. Harrison gives advices to those who are on the fence about joining, “Just because you haven’t, doesn’t mean you can’t. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You may be surprised.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter




Dr. Helen Tate is Wingate’s new top academic official

Provost Profile

Jonathan Jenkins, Staff Writer

            The goal of a university is to not only provide a quality education for its students, but to give them an experience that will help them grow and develop in every part of their lives. That experience, however, does not come without programs and planning. Dr. Helen Tate, Wingate University’s new provost, is bringing a new outlook on what that college experience means and how it should affect the lives of students.

Dr. Tate’s journey to the position of provost started with her own college experience. After getting her bachelor’s in speech communication, she went on to teach and get her Ph.D. in speech communication at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She gained experience in building up university programs first as an assistant professor and then as a department chair for a total of three years at Columbia College in South Carolina.

Her experience in building and guiding programs on a university level eventually led to her appointment as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Southwestern State University. Her success over Academic Affairs, finally, led to her appointment to the newly created position of Provost for Wingate University.

While the university president is the face of the university, the provost, regardless of her important role, is often unseen by students. The provost, however, has the ability to change and improve a student’s overall college experience.

“My number one responsibility is to student learning.” Dr. Tate stated. “It is about making sure that we provide the best learning experience possible.” Her responsibilities also extend beyond what students will encounter. “The second part of my responsibility is for the long term sustainability of the institution [Wingate University],” She said. “To make sure that we are being financially responsible, … and that we are being responsible with our reputation, so that we are putting out products that are quality.”

In addition to her responsibilities to the business and student sides of the university, Dr. Tate is in charge of the various academic programs that are a part of Wingate. Before she arrived, most of the academic programs were answering to themselves and not communicating with each other. The creation of the provost position is meant to connect and streamline all of the academic studies under one leader.

“Bringing the Provost into the organizational structure changes that structure,” Dr. Tate stated.  Those changes may take time, but they will make a difference in Wingate’s academic growth moving forward.

While it is encouraging to hear about constant growth and improvements within the university, it can be hard for students to see some of those changes. To enhance each student’s on-campus experience, Dr. Tate is committed to expanding the various programs that Wingate has for them.

These programs include Winternational, Gateway, Global Perspectives, and, the most recent addition, WUEngage. “These are called ‘high impact’ programs,” she stated, “and are pieces of a very exciting student experience.”

A major focus for the upcoming year, however, is the expansion and promotion of WUEngage, the community service program for students. “[WUEngage] is a way to learn by doing.” Dr. Tate said. “You need to know and be able to articulate what you’ve learned in college so that you can get a job and demonstrate what you have learned to different people. Employers want people who can think through problems. When an employer says to you ‘Tell me about a problem you have worked on or solved?’, WUEngage is a golden answer for that question.”

            The key to Dr. Tate’s improvement of the student experience comes in helping students articulate that experience as a valued asset after college. “You should be able to identify very specific things that you participated in that prepared you for the working world.” she stated. This is the end result of a good student experience and is something that, with time, every single Wingate student can claim with confidence.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Commuting: What’s the Point?

Commuting vs. Staying On Campus: Does it alter your college experience?

Danny Stueber, Staff Writer


Commuting can be a hard decision to make when choosing a college or university. Some chose to save money especially if you live close to your college of choice. You can commute every day instead of living on campus itself. It is a popular option among the young adults that go to college and one that I as a student at Wingate have enjoyed doing as well instead of paying for a dorm, even though Wingate is a quick 20 minutes from my house.

Every morning I wake up around an hour before I have to leave, shower, eat, and get on the road to get to class. I arrive in one of many parking areas and walk to my destination. My commute is a much different experience compared to a student from another college however.

I sat down and talked to Patrick Foray, a sophomore at the University of Charlotte (UNC) about how his daily life differs from one of a student that attends Wingate.

Patrick, tell me what a normal commute is like for you when you start your day.

“Well, I live about 40 minutes from my campus so if I have a class at 11 I have to wake up at like 9 so I can get on the road at 10 in case of traffic. I take the highway for the quickest route as well. Once I arrive at campus, I have to park in a parking garage because that’s where I paid to park.”

Oh, you have to pay for parking?

“Yeah it’s a couple hundred a year it’s not free like Wingate and we can’t park wherever we want. Sucks if you think about it.”

So you have to pay to park and its 2 hours of prep time to get to class every day. Why commute?

“Its really not a bad drive and close enough that I would not want to waste money on a dorm that I do not have when I can just live at home.”

Any reason you would need to stay at campus after classes? Do you miss out on anything as a result?

“I have band every so often but other wise I hang with friends if I want before heading home. Nothing really happens on campus that would keep me here that isn’t school or band related. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything from my college experience and the saved money is a bonus to me.”

So you don’t have anything like Lyceums, that I do at Wingate?

“Nope thank God since those seem like they suck. I would not want something holding me back like that but because you live closer than I do it would not be as bad I guess.”

Thanks for your time Patrick.

“No problem thanks for interviewing me.”

So two different students getting to school the same way can actually vary a lot whether it is money or the overall college experience. As many variances there are though there is also similarities. Choose whatever works for you seems to be the main point here and there is no wrong way to experience your college years.

Edited by: Sara Gunter


Question of the Week: What are you doing over Fall Break?

The COM 220 News Writing class asked students, staff and faculty members about their plans for the upcoming holiday break. Here’s what they said:



Sociology major Taylor Edwards, left, with class member Christina Kroeger: “I’ll be working at Outback Steakhouse, shopping with Mom and going to the Carolina Panthers game.”


Sophie Jendrzejczyk, sophomore, St. Charles,. Ill.: “I’ll be staying here playing soccer.”


 Brooke Schubart, freshman, pre-pharmacy, right, with class members Delaney Smith  and Brandon Bowles: “Going to Alpha Omega corn maze and home to Wilkes County”

T.J. Smith works in the Klondike and here are her plans:

Here’s Mick Reynolds, dean of student life:

Class members Kori Adams and Andrew Elliott sent notes from their conversation with math professor Dr. Jason Joyner 


And one more: