Wishing Facebook was still considered “TheFacebook”

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Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer

Facebook is now the largest social networking site in the world. According to Zephoria.com, one out of seven people on earth is on Facebook; over 300 million photos are uploaded per day and five new profiles are created every second. That would include people like your mother, your grandma, your boss, and even your neighbor that lives three blocks away on Facebook uploading pictures of their dog.

All college students can relate to a time in their life when a friend has said, “Go check your Facebook. Did you see that picture? Did you see that video?” Now, instead of it coming from your friend. It is coming from your mother or grandma who constantly stay on Facebook creeping on so many people and “posting”, “liking”, “commenting”, and my mother’s favorite, “tagging” people in pointless things.

“My mom always tags me in all of her statuses she posts, and there is nothing more annoying when you get all the notifications from her friends who commented on the status saying something so pointless.” said Delana Grogan, a junior pre-veterinary major.

Founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, did not originally create Facebook for everyone of all ages to use. It was first launched to Harvard students, then to universities in the Boston area, and then onto every university in North America.

It was originally designed to create a connection between college students at different universities. In September of 2006, things began to change. “TheFacebook” was changed to “facebook.com”, and Zuckerberg launched a new feature allowing anyone with a registered email address the ability to sign up for an account. That is when the pandemic of our parents and grandparents taking over social networks began.

People between the ages of 35 and 54 now make up 31.1% of the users on Facebook. Your parent’s generation has taken over Facebook and we, as the millennial generation, absolutely hate it.

“I don’t really use Facebook anymore. It’s almost like older people have ran us younger kids out of Facebook. Granted, we are all about Instagram and Twitter now, but I think that’s because they haven’t taken those over yet.” said Megan Chapman, a senior psychology major.

“I love Facebook, and I admit that I am sort of obsessed with it. It has allowed me to reconnect with so many of my lost friends and classmates over the years,” said Stacey Mowers, mom to senior PR major, Emma Mowers, “I definitely believe that my age has taken over Facebook. We didn’t mean to do it. We just realized why our kids were always on it and what we were missing out on in social media world.”

At a net worth of $245 billion dollars and over 968 million people logging onto Facebook every day, Facebook is now becoming a household name and paving the way for future sites of social media.

Edited by: Rob Gay

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‘Enrique’s Journey’ author speaks on immigration issues

Courtney Bailey – Staff Writer

nazarioWelcoming refugees, reforming foreign policy, and extending a helping hand to those in need are only the beginning of award-winning author and journalist Sonia Nazario’s ideas for solving the hardships and horrors of immigration to the United States. On the evening of Oct. 27, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Enrique’s Journey spoke to an audience of nearly 500 students about the migration struggles of a young boy from Honduras and thousands like him. From violent beatings to gang rape, Nazario made the audience explicitly aware of the overwhelming difficulties immigrants face trying to cross the border.

Wingate University’s Austin Auditorium was alive with excitement and anticipation, hushing to an attentive silence as Nazario took the stage. Though she was of average height, the stature of Nazario’s character, and passion for the topics on which she spoke commanded the room, instantly drawing the attention of both students and other locals in the community.

“It’s an important issue,” Nazario began as she introduced the topic of her speech. “And a local issue. It’s a story of migrating to North Carolina.”

Nazario recounted the highlights of Enrique’s Journey to the audience, sharing how this 11 year-old boy traveled all the way from Honduras to Cary, North Carolina, to find his mother while riding freight trains, enduring beatings, and battling a drug addiction. Enrique is but one example of thousands like him who face such horrific circumstances in their home country that they are willing to make the dangerous journey to the United States, only to be inflicted with yet another trauma: the U.S. judicial system.

Nazario told how living in Argentina during the “Dirty War” in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s shaped her into the advocate she is today. After she saw two journalists killed in the streets of Buenos Aires for trying to tell the truth about the war, Nazario decided she, too, wanted to be a journalist and make the world aware of the tragedies happening in Central America.

“I saw the power of words that day—the power of storytelling,” Nazario said. “I wanted to be a truth-teller. I want to grab my readers by the throat and take them for a ride through worlds they might not have otherwise known.”

Nazario continues to place herself in the shoes of these immigrants to better tell their stories, urged the audience to do “the right thing” and look at America’s immigration issue not as a political issue, but rather as a humanity issue.

“I hope everyone will join me in being a voice for refugee children,” Nazario said as she came to a close. “Increase foreign aid. Lobby to increase the number of refugees we take in. I know that if we push with the determination I saw on top of that train, we can slowly, surely change things in Central America.This is a true test for our great country. Are we going to rise to the level of humanity that is required of us?”

Several audience members gave Nazario a standing ovation at the end of her speech as loud applause filled the auditorium, showcasing the poignant impact and inspiration Nazario had evoked in the crowd.

“Overall, the Lyceum was amazing,” freshman student Aji Njie said. “We were all amazed by the things she had to endure, and everyone was touched, honestly. My biggest take-away is not to take things for granted.”

Edited by Brooke Griffin

The Invasion of Pumpkin Spice

Leigh-Ann Clark, Staff Writer

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“Pumpkin spice and everything nice” is how the saying goes for Americans during the fall season. When they say “everything”, they literally mean anything and everything edible.  From candy and doughnuts to yogurt and cereal to even pasta sauce, American businesses saw the rise of pumpkin spice popularity and took advantage of it by adding pumpkin spice to almost every food imaginable.

I went around campus and asked several students the same questions pertaining their opinion on the Pumpkin Spice fad and I found quite a bit of controversy. Student athlete Valerie Griesche applauded the use of pumpkin spice. “I like pumpkin spice. I think it tastes really good,” said Griesche.

On the contrary, student athlete Eric Ordaz, feels quite the opposite. “It’s pumpkin but it’s not sweet. It’s disgusting. I don’t know why it’s such a big deal,” said Ordaz.

The obsession with pumpkin spice was not always so overbearing.  How did this simple spice become such a big hit?  Let’s dive into the cinnamon sweet past of this traditionally thanksgiving spice to discover the answer.

According to Melissa Mcewen, a journalist for the “Chicagoist”, the origin of pumpkin spice is a little foggy. After digging through pumpkin’s culinary history, it was found that pumpkin pie has always been made with four basic ingredients: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.

In the 1950s, McCormick & Co. came out with “pumpkin pie spice”, which contains all of the spices needed to make pumpkin pie added together into one.  Later, the spice’s name was shortened to just “Pumpkin spice” and this is where the name originated, said Mcewen.

Some people don’t agree that McCormick’s pumpkin spice is an equal replacement for original home recipe spices.  Student athlete Tripp Wright put it simply. “I like pumpkin bread but pumpkin spice is a joke.  It tastes nothing like pumpkin,” said Wright.

In 1996, the taste of McCormick’s “Pumpkin Spice” was duplicated and created into a hot beverage; coffee. This was the beginning of the pumpkin spice invasion. Home Roast Coffee was the first to use America’s favorite fall flavor in their coffee and it soon spread nationwide.  By 2004, nearly every small and large coffee business was selling pumpkin spice coffee in the fall seasons, said Mcewen. Student athlete, Cait Coughlin, likes the little extra holiday flavor in her coffee. “It adds a hint of flavor and sweetness,” said Coughlin.

As of this year, Starbucks is changing their Pumpkin spice latte recipe.  Customers complained about the artificial flavor of the drink and now Starbucks is replacing the artificial flavor to make the taste more natural according to Katie Little, journalist for CNBC.  Student Catherine Toste agrees with the change in ingredients. “I like pumpkin spice at Starbucks … you can actually taste the real pumpkin and cinnamon.” said Toste.

There is a lot of controversy pertaining to the use and enjoyment of pumpkin spice. Many of the students that gave their opinion had either a positive look on pumpkin spice or a negative one.

There was one response that stood out from the rest.  It wasn’t for or against pumpkin spice.  It was just pure fact. Vika Arkhipova an international student athlete from Russia was completely unbiased and honest with her answer. “I think that pumpkin spice is such an American thing,” said Arkhipova, “I never even heard about it before I got here, so I decided to try it. Sometimes it tastes good but many times it is absolutely terrible. It is so inconsistent, I just gave up trying.” When it comes to consistency, Arkhipova couldn’t have said it better.

There are so many different versions of pumpkin spice it’s hard to have an overall opinion on the spice itself. As the holidays roll around, whether you are a fan of pumpkin spice or not, you can always rely on a good piece of homemade pumpkin pie to get you in the holiday mood.

Edited by: Rob Gay and Brea Childs

Why do we celebrate Columbus Day?

Øystein Fjeldberg, Staff Writer

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In the year 1492, a Portuguese ship trying to make its way to India missed its destination by thousands of miles. It arrived on the shores of an island in present-day Bahamas, and established an everlasting link between the people of Europe and the Americas.

The ship’s captain, Christopher Columbus, has become one of history’s most important figures. The date of Columbus’ arrival is today celebrated as Columbus Day, but is this a tradition worth continuing?

The reason for celebrating Christopher Columbus is that he discovered America, an act that had profound effects on the world history. There is one issue with this, however. Can Christopher Columbus truly be called the rightful discoverer of America?

The continent was already inhabited by millions upon his arrival. These were people that had lived there for countless generations, spanning back several millennia. When calling Columbus the discoverer, it is meant that he was the first European to travel to America.

Most people know this, of course. What is not as well-known, however, is that Columbus was not even the first European to find America.

Almost 500 years before Columbus voyage, a Norse viking sailed westward from Greenland. His father had been a successful man, having established a thriving settlement on Greenland, and he had great expectations to live up to.

It is believed that the son arrived at Newfoundland, and was then the first European to ever set foot in America. His name was Leif Eriksson, and he called the land he found Vinland. He established settlements there, but left back home to Greenland some time later.

The descendants of the settlers are believed to still be around today, as there is evidence of a Norse settlement in Northern Newfoundland. Like Christopher Columbus, Leif Eriksson was awarded his own public holiday. Leif Eriksson Day is marked every year on October 9, coincidentally only a few days before Columbus Day.

Would Leif Eriksson Day be a decent replacement for Columbus Day? He was the real discoverer of the continent (from a European perspective), but his visit did not lead to a lasting link between the people of America and Europe.

With Columbus, a permanent bond between the continents was created, and in that way the celebration of Columbus would make more sense. But is Columbus a man worth celebrating?

It is no secret that the discovery of the American continent ushered in an age of exploitation of the indigenous people of the Americas, and Columbus’ expedition was no exception. Under Columbus’ supervision, the American natives suffered violent oppression and enslavement.

In 1494, Columbus sent a ship with captured slaves back to Spain, the first slaves to be sent across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the slave trade. In light of this, Columbus could be seen as the instigator of the transatlantic slave trade, which lasted for the next four hundred years.

Celebrating a man responsible for such wrongdoings can leave a poor taste in anyone’s mouth.

The first Columbus Day celebration was held in New York in 1972 as a commemoration event for the 300th anniversary of Columbus’ historic landing. For the following years, Columbus Day kept being celebrated with annual parades and ceremonies in Italian and Catholic communities, until it was granted the status of a federal holiday by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1937.

Since then, the holiday has declined in popularity. Four US states (Hawaii, South Dakota, Alaska, and Oregon) do not recognize the holiday anymore. Hawaii instead celebrates Discoverers’ Day, not commemorating Columbus but the discovery of the Hawaiian Islands at the same date. South Dakota has replaced the holiday with Native American Day, shifting the focus from the European settlers towards the people that has always been in America.

The city of Berkeley in California has renamed the day Indigenous People’s Day since 1992, a move that has been imitated in other US cities such as Seattle in Washington and Dante County in Wisconsin.

Do you think Columbus is a man worth celebrating?

Edited by: Kyndra Sanden and Meredith Lalor

Midnight Madness

Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer

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Cuddy Arena – Basketball season only comes once a year, but when it happens it comes at full force. 30 Games packed into one season, playing in different arenas across the eastern region, getting a bid to the big tournament: It all begins at Midnight Madness.

Midnight Madness is a kickoff held at midnight on the eve of the official day that both men’s and women’s basketball teams around the nation are allowed to legally practice for the first time of the year under NCAA regulation. On the east coast, Midnight Madness is not only a celebration of the first practice, but it is also a tradition.

“Midnight Madness is an opportunity for the school to come out and meet us. It gets us pumped for the season. It’s just a fun atmosphere to be in.” said Zeriq Lolar, a sophomore forward from Orlando, Florida.

This tradition has been around for many years here at Wingate University, and it is becoming more exciting every year. “My favorite thing about Midnight Madness is the player entrance’s. Players actually take the time to think of creative ways to come out when their names are called,” said Isiah Cureton, a junior forward from Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Whether it is the cheer and dance team performing a sneak peak of their Nationals routine, the creative player entrances, or catching free Wingate gear, Midnight Madness is a night for the Wingate basketball teams to enjoy themselves and also get the students and faculty excited for their upcoming season.

“It doesn’t just mark the beginning of basketball season for the players, but it also marks a new season for cheerleading. It’s the first time we perform in front of the students, it’s a transition from cheering for football to basketball, and we get to see the new teams that we will be cheering for,” said Cassie Barringer, a senior cheerleader from Laurinburg, North Carolina.

The men’s first basketball game will be against Limestone College on November 13th at the Wheeler Center located in Belmont, North Carolina. The women’s first game will be an exhibition game against the North Carolina Tar heels. This game will be on November 4th at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Edited by: Brea Childs and Rob Gay

A Haunting at Scarowinds

Tyler Smith, Staff Writer

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Walking through the gates of Scarowinds is the equivalent to stepping into Disney’s famed Halloween movie, “Halloweentown.” Except this is the MTV version, where the friendly ghosts and goblins seem to have taken the wrong turn and became the receivers of endless torture and mad scientist experiments.

For a couple of weeks throughout the year, usually spanning from the end of September to the end of October, the family amusement park, Carowinds, is less concerned with high action thrills than it is with providing scare-seeking chills.

Scarowinds is an adventure within itself, but if you are looking for a little added entertainment, do what I did. Find ten of your closest, loudest friends to partake in the adventure with you, and you will be in for an interesting time.

“As soon as you step in the park you know it was a bad idea but you’re still excited to see what’s going to be there when you turn the corner,” said Wingate junior Abby Saehler.

Whether you are a self proclaimed scare enthusiast or you get dragged to Scarowinds by your persistent friends, the variety of attractions is broad enough for everyone to find a scare to their liking.  There are four main types of attractions: mazes, rides, scare zones and shows.

There are seven different mazes, each with a different theme to cater to each individuals’ worst nightmare: a psychiatric hospital, creepy corn maze, a toy store where the toys are created with human parts, a fun house filled with demented clowns, the land of the zombies and a slaughterhouse where homeless people are mixed in with the livestock.

Mazes are not the only place that you will see monsters. Every walkway is transformed between rides into “scare zones”. Employees lurk around in full costume and sneak up on people before venturing through their next maze or riding the next roller coaster.

“Honestly the best part is that the employees who are dressed up refuse to leave you alone,” sophomore Katie Bludau said. “If they pinpoint you as one of the ones who wants to be left alone, you’re done for.”

Carowinds is usually a go-to family friendly option in the Carolinas, however the coming of the fall season brings with it something wicked in the air. Scarowinds becomes the place to be for horrors and haunts alike. Whether you are interested in riding North America’s longest roller coaster or searching for a scare, the opportunities for thrills are endless at Scarowinds.

Edited By: Kyndra Sanden and Meredith Lalor

Getting to know Dr. Thompson

Kyndra Sanden, Staff Writer

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“I was lying on my back, looking up into the clear sky decomposing lights into one star. That’s when I knew what I wanted to be.”

Dr. Grant Thompson, a physics and astronomy professor at Wingate University, grew up in rural northern Missouri. He saw the sky at a whole different perspective than someone who lived in the city. Dr. Thompson was able to see all the stars that light up our night sky. He was able to hear the wind sing within the trees, and watch nature thrive all around him.

As he grew up, his love for stars and physics became more obvious. He attended the University of Missouri and studied astronomy and physics. He went on to further his education at the University of Kentucky where he received his Masters and Ph.D. in physics and astronomy.

While studying at the University of Kentucky, he met his future wife, Kristen Thompson. She also shares a love for the sky and stars. Kristen has her Ph.D. in physics and astronomy and teaches at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. How could two people be so perfect for each other?

I spoke with Dr. Thompson on what a typical conversation is like between a married couple who both have their Ph.Ds. in physics and astronomy. It is not common that you come across a couple who have such a prestigious background.

“We talk formulas, and we solve equations out loud. Sometimes we will even create a situation or problem and try to figure it out together.” said Dr. Thompson. He admitted that some days he thinks his wife is definitely smarter than him, but others he feels like it his day to shine. Most importantly, they love being outdoors and enjoying the fresh air.

As a college professor, Dr. Thompson said his favorite part of the job was seeing the pure awe and shock of students and the community. “I love the ‘Really? No way, shut up?’ reactions and seeing the look on students faces when the wonder of the universe sinks in for the first time.” said Dr. Thompson.

His goal as a professor is not only to educate students, but he wants all of his students to appreciate nature. He wants them to be aware of the universe and how really small we actually are.

“I want my students to stop looking down, and to look up instead. Space, physics, and knowledge are all around us. I want people to understand how the universe works. They will remember it for the rest of their lives.” said Dr. Thompson.

Dr. Thompson advice to any student is, “Don’t be scared of math. You deal with it every single day. It is always around you. Don’t turn yourself off of it.”

Edited by Dannie Stueber & Brooke Griffin