Students Find Alternatives to Bookstores

The costs of textbooks is constantly rising,students are forced to find alternatives in order to save. 

Delaney Smith, Staff Writer

It’s no wonder students are finding other sources such as Amazon, Chegg and Valore to purchase their required texts. Rather than pay the exorbitant prices at university bookstores, students have turned to other sources to buy textbooks at reduced prices.

“It’s really not worth the money to pay so much at the bookstore for a book that I only need for a semester especially our GPS books. I’ll never look at the book again,” stated Sophomore Katherine Edwards.

In addition to lower prices for new and used books, these companies also rent textbooks at an even lower price. For students that don’t write excessively in their books and don’t need to keep the book once the class is over, renting is the better option.

According to Senior Chandler Phillips, “I rented a lot of my books for my general education classes. If there was a book I felt like I might use again in my major, I bought it. When the semester is over, the online company emails me a prepaid return label, and I simply drop the textbook in the mail.”

At Wingate University and other colleges, students are using social media to sell and buy books. Wingate University has a Facebook page dedicated solely to the buying and selling of books. The price is typically low to buy and the seller gets more money than he would by selling it back to the bookstore.

“I bought three of my books from other Wingate students last year. It was easy to meet them on campus and often they had the same professor, so their highlighted text and written notes were helpful,” explained Junior Anna McCollum.

Another student, Katie Wilson, explained her online purchase story that almost went wrong. “I bought two of my books for GPS online and the company only sent me one of the two. I contacted customer service and let them know my issue. They were very easy to work with and gave me a full refund for both books.” This is an example of when online book buying isn’t always reliable; however, “Besides this incident, all of my textbooks that I have bought online have shipped to me successfully.”

While buying at the bookstore ensures that students purchased the correct text, sometimes the book is not available until after classes have started. Students also have a difficult time paying the higher prices when their refund checks from financial aid are not received until after school has started.

An alternative to the bookstore prices has proven successful at Appalachian State University of Boone, North Carolina. Each semester students pay a rental fee (approximately $140) that covers all their books.

Other universities such as Western Carolina, Fayetteville State and Elizabeth City State have also found success in the flat fee rental per semester.

Ethan Crump, a sophomore at ASU, was sympathetic to the plight of students at other colleges. “I never think about where I’m going to find my book or how much it will cost. I just go online and order what I need based on the syllabus. I can’t imagine trying to find the cheapest deal and hoping that the book arrives before class starts.”

Some of the textbooks required easily top $100 per each class; for a student taking 5 courses and several of the professors requiring more that one text, it’s not unusual for a student to spend more than $750 each semester.

Comparing that cost to the cost students at private universities who are already paying much more in tuition seems exorbitant.  For college students, every penny counts. There is no reason to buy textbooks at full price when there are other easy, cheaper options.

Check out more info about the bookstore and its pricing at: https://www.wingate.edu/student-life/wingate-outfitters/

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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Wingate’s Largest Addition in History

Wingate is anticipating the newest addition to the Health and Wellness at the University. 

Kori Adams, Staff Writer

Wingate University is in the process of adding on a new building on campus.  The school is very excited to be building a new Health, Wellness, and Recreation facility.

This building will consists of many new features such as a multipurpose activity court, a suspended running track, racquetball courts, locker rooms, 2 basketball courts, 2 fitness studios and multiple areas for weight and cardio training.  This building will be Wingate’s largest building ever built on campus.

Along with the space also comes a large price.  Dr. Travis Teague, Dean of the College of Sports Sciences tells us that the cost of the building is estimated to be around 19 million dollars.

Dr. Teague says, “The benefits will be great for students. There will be much more space and equipment for fitness and wellness activities, including major expansion of the weight lifting area.”

The projected date for opening is in January of 2017.  The Health, Wellness, and Recreation center will offer so many new opportunities for students at Wingate.  The school as a whole is very excited about the new addition coming soon!

Check out more information here: https://www.wingate.edu/student-life/campus-recreation/campus-recreation-facilities/

Edited by: Sara Gunter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wingate’s Golf Team seeks Improvement

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Rodrigo Ugalde, Staff Writer

Both Men’s and Women’s Wingate golf teams are getting ready to face the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) tournament, both with the mindset of getting the big prize: win the tourney.

While both teams had uneven performance at the beginning of the season finishing 14th in their starting competitions of 54 holes each, individual and team rankings have improved.  The men’s team hit 894 at the Cougar Invitations, second highest of the season for them (only behind their performance at the Regional Preview held in Orlando).  The women’s team did not start, as they would have expected, in fact, they had their worst performance of the season at the Ross Resorts Invitational.

However, men’s and women’s agree there has been a significant improvement since then.  “We can see the improvement from the beginning of the season until now.  I think we are working together as a team, as a real team,” senior Henrique Pombo said.  “This being my last season I know I can do better at this level, but hopefully, I can pick it up for theses last two tournaments before the SAC tourney,” Pombo added.

Women’s golf coach, Erin Thorne thinks the progressive improvement relates to the consistency that the younger players have brought to the team.  “Our three freshmen have found their niche in the team, which was just a matter of time.  This spring has been a little more consistent and convincing in placing high in the tournament fields because of this.”

Cristina Cassanella, freshmen from Barcelona, Spain, who “proved [she] that can keep her scores in the mid-seventies” as her coach explained, she is one of the players in charge of this lift in performance, despite her little experience at the collegiate level.

“We had some bad tournaments during this fall that left us with no chances of making it to regionals this year, but the spring has been going well and out scores have improved a lot,” Cassanella said, while looking forward to the last chance they got later on April (10-12) at the SAC tourney.  “We have been working very hard this month and getting some individual victories during spring tournaments, so we really expect to finish with strong scores.”

Cassanella’s best single performance came at the Smokey Mountain Intercollegiate Invitational earlier in the season with a 72 on the second day of the competition.  Being part of the quad on every single tournament, Cassanella admits there is still plenty of room for improvement and “a lot to earn and work on.”

Tyler Stone, senior member of the men’s golf team, who earned the SAC freshmen of the year in 2013 explains the season this way.  “I feel like we just weren’t playing as we did in practice during the first tournaments, and when we played relaxed like in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, we were such a different team.”

Stone who had an average of 74.6 strokes per round last year and has his best performance at the Lander Bearcat Classic, winning the event with 212. He is eager to keep this run going.  “We have two tournaments prior to the SAC tournament so I have been trying to tell the boys to relax and play simple, as that worked for me.  When you look back at how quickly your college career goes by, you really want to pass down the experience.”

Edited by Brea Childs

Wingate Professors Reveal Their Ideal Housing Near Campus

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

In a small town such as Wingate, North Carolina, there is really only one major attraction site, which in this case is the university. When everything is more than ten miles away, it can be hard to find decent housing that fits the needs of young people in the area.

Although students are not permitted to live off campus unless they are living with a relative, are married, or over 23 years old, there are faculty members that face the challenge of finding a suitable living space nearby on their own. To find out what these challenges are, I spoke with some of Wingate’s faculty members to discover where they chose to live and why.

Dr. Wobig from the Political Science department describes his experience with housing in Monroe as “lucky”. He had to move to North Carolina when he was hired in May 2014, but was not able to see the apartment before he moved in because he would have had to fly. He trusted the recommendation of another faculty member who knew of an apartment opening up, and was relieved that the place turned out to be nice.

He has chosen to remain living in Monroe because of its location. “While living in Wingate would be convenient for work, there is nothing to do there of interest to a youthful, single person.  I knew I wanted to be close enough, so that I could drive to Matthews, Ballantyne, or uptown Charlotte to have fun.  I thought pretty hard about moving to Matthews last year but that 45 minute commute was not appealing, and rents are a little higher there.”

Dr. Kumar from the Marketing department moved from Pennsylvania to Ballantyne where he commutes about 45 minutes to the university. He doesn’t mind the drive, because he likes to be closer to uptown Charlotte to have access to different kinds of retail.

One of his favorite attractions, which he calls “Charlotte’s best kept secret”, are the Charlotte Greenways, which consist of well-maintained walking trails around the city. Additionally, Charlotte is a city with a lot of diversity, and Dr. Kumar “wanted to be in an environment to meet people from different places.”

Other faculty members such as Mrs. Baker from the Communications department chose housing in the Weddington/Wesley Chapel area based on school districts for her kids in middle and high school. She moved from California, where she says the housing prices are double what they are in this area.

Although she is not a first-time home buyer, she loves Indian Trail because it offers very affordable housing that is not too far from shopping. “Monroe is the closest housing option but does not attract buyers due to schools, lack of shopping options, and a lackluster downtown.”

Mr. DeLangie from the Sport Sciences department also found his ideal living space based on his family, but it involved some moving around first. He used to commute from Ballantyne, but he says the hour commute was too long. Fortunately, his wife got a job at Wingate which provided free housing for both of them, and he lived close enough to walk to work.

The drawback to living in Wingate then became that it was too far away from everything else. Between the two extremes, Mr. DeLangie and his family finally found a happy medium. “We settled on Indian Trail, a nice balance between Wingate (25 min drive) and Charlotte (~30 min). The main goal for us was to have easy access to 485 since it is so easy to get anywhere else from there. We chose the neighborhood because it had good walking trails, sidewalks, parks for our 2-year-old, and it is safe.”

Based on the professors I talked to, there are a variety of locations they chose to live in for similar reasons. If anything, a small town like Wingate as opposed to a large city where people are more likely to live due to more housing options and convenience, isn’t ideal. Although it may be difficult to find both affordable and decent housing for young adults in the area, at the very least, students can be grateful they are not battling for the same apartments.

Edited By: Brea Childs

Dr. McGee returns for installation ceremony

The retired WU president is serving as interim president of South Piedmont Community College, traveling and doing consulting work. 

By Jenna Turner, staff writer 

Dr. Jerry McGee was back on campus last Thursday for the installation of Dr. Rhett Brown as Wingate University’s 10th President.

When asked about his feelings about being back on campus, Dr. McGee replied “I always love being back on the Wingate University campus. So many dear friends, great memories and the energy of the students make it fun to return.”

McGee believes that Dr. Brown is well prepared to serve as our President and will do everything in his power to move the University to new height. “He well need all of us to work alongside him and help to assure his success” states McGee.

The two presidents meet often and Dr. McGee says he always remembers to encourage Brown to take care of his health; to get rest, eat the right foods, exercise and get away from the stress of his new position.

Since leaving his position at Wingate, Dr. McGee has been enjoying his two sons and their families, writing, consulting, and traveling to places like Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and the Bahamas. He is also currently serving as Interim President of South Piedmont Community College until December of this year.

Wegmans comes to North Carolina

Hope Rogers, Staff Writer

The popular family-owned New York based grocery store, Wegmans, has made plans to open its first store in North Carolina. Despite the growing competition between grocery chains such as Publix and Whole Foods, in 2015, Wegmans was ranked the top grocery store in the country according to the Consumer Reports’ annual survey of customers.

Wegmans, which was founded by brothers John and Walter Wegman, opened its first store in 1916. Since then, Wegmans has expanded to 88 stores, primarily in the north. According to The News Observer, Wegmans spokeswoman Jo Natalie said, “We have signed a letter of intent and are working through lease negotiations with Columbia Development Group, with hopes of reaching a final lease agreement sometime during the first quarter of 2016.” The first NC store will be located in Cary, across from the Cary Towne Center.

The 90-acre property will consist of much more than the grocery store; the primary development sketch plans included up to 600 apartments. The site is located directly off of Interstate 40 and is currently inhabited by an indoor shopping mall. However, its future does not look promising as large retailers such as Macy’s and Sears have closed down their stores.

Councilman Don Frantz described the location as a “gateway into Cary”, noting that, “It needs to be remarkable. It needs to be something that stands the test of time. It needs to be something that provides a lot of jobs, shopping, retail, restaurants and residential.” As Wegmans stores include a pharmacy, restaurants, a coffee shop, bakery, and more, the new store may be exactly what Mr. Frantz was hoping for.

Although the plans are not yet final for the new store, fans of Wegmans have already taken to social media to show their excitement. Ty Bates, a former Wingate student, exclaimed on Facebook, “I LOVE Wegmans!! It’s got great lighting and decorations that make you feel like your in little Italy. They sometimes even have live local singers come in and play for the people eating in their hot food section (which is to die for).” Also a Facebook page called “Bring Wegman’s to the NC Triangle Area – Please” was created last year and has over 500 likes.

According to the Wegmans website, four new stores are set to open this year. Nine other stores are currently listed on the site as future locations, two are set to open in 2017 and the others are to be determined. Cary is not included in the list, and Ms. Natalie could not disclose Wegmans’s future plans to open in other NC locations.

 Edited by Brea Childs and Shea Murray

Wingate falls short after an intense game

Tyler Smith, Staff Writer

Wingate University’s women’s basketball team fell short of completely overcoming a costly first half deficit in their Wednesday night conference match against the Lenoir Rhyne Bears. The Bulldogs came back from 17 points down in the third quarter to watch Morgan McGee’s potential overtime, in which forced a three pointer that bounced off the rim and solidified their 66-63 loss.

The Bulldogs played in complete silence for a majority of the first quarter of Wednesday’s conference matchup against the Lenoir Rhyne bears. It was Wingate’s fourth annual “Silent Game”, which meant the bench, band, cheerleaders and spectators were prohibited from making any noise until Wingate scored it’s tenth point.

The Bulldog’s were shooting 23.1% from the field in the first half, prolonged the silence from Wingate’s fans. All the while, the Bears took advantage of the quiet gym and suffocated the Bulldogs with not only their trap defense, but their bench’s loud vocals as well.

“In the first half we just couldn’t get any type of momentum going,” junior guard Alex Tomlinson said. “They were playing zone which made us stagnant on offense; we weren’t getting the ball inside or knocking down shots.”

After a relatively well matched first quarter, the Bears pulled away in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 17-6. The Bears stretched their lead to 17 in the third quarter; however, by the end of the third quarter the Bulldogs made their first offensive push, rallying off of two back to back steals from sophomore guard Taziya Moody.

While it was Lenoir Rhyne’s defense that held the Bulldogs to such low percentages in the first half, the Bulldogs took their turn in the homestretch and forced multiple turnovers to cut the lead from 17 to three at the end of the third quarter. “In the second half we played with a bigger sense of urgency,” Tomlinson said. “We picked up the intensity on defense which caused turnovers which led to easy offense for us.”

The fourth quarter was a close battle and the Bulldogs looked like they were setting themselves up for the comeback win made by to huge plays from the junior guard Amber Neely and freshman guard Danasia Witherspoon. However, the Bears held onto the lead as the Bulldogs entered their final possession, and McGee’s potential game-tying shot took a bad bounce off the rim.

“We fought really hard to come back, as a result it made the loss that much harder to lose by so little,” Tomlinson said. “We knew we were a better team than them, and we waited too long to get it going and it cost us in the end.”

Edited by Brea Childs and Shea Murray