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Is the Freshman 15 a Myth or a Reality?

Kendall Sienon, Staff Writer

Wingate, N.C. — Going into college, people are warned relentlessly about the potential of the dreaded freshman 15. During freshman orientation, they bring up the possibility of weight gain and how to combat it. All over social media, there are countless articles on tips on how to avoid gaining weight in college. But how prevalent is this claim?

Moving from your hometown into college is a big transition. You’re in a new environment with new people. The food is different and there is temptation to go out to eat with friends especially late at night. A lot of times exercise seems to be the last thing on the list to do.

Senior Lauren Register says the freshman 15 is normal. “The body has a difficult time adapting to the new living arrangements,” Lauren states. Lauren noticed significant weight gain her freshman year. “My eating choices weren’t the best and the food offered at school aren’t always the healthiest.” Throughout college, Lauren has learned to eat healthier and workout regularly to avoid any significant weight gain.

Although working out and being active may not be the only solution to avoid weight gain. Freshman Sierra Street on the Women’s Lacrosse Team noticed weight gain because of the heavy lifting and increased appetite. “I feel like I am in shape,” Street states, “being an athlete has helped me maintain weight but if you eat the right things, you’ll gain muscle mass and that’s not always a bad thing.”

However, males are equally as affected by this potential increased weight gain in the first year . Junior Chris Birozes noticed weight gain among his non-athlete, male friends here at school and from home.

Although he is an athlete and didn’t notice weight gain for himself, he believes there is strong correlation between weight gain and time management. “I think the freshman 15 comes when there is no balance between school, friends, working out, sleeping and extra curriculars,” said Birozes.

Die Reich, Director of Campus Recreation, suggests that students remain active throughout their college career. She strongly suggests taking advantage of the Campus Recreation’s programs and services and the new fitness center.

Furthermore, poor eating and portion size can definetly affect lots of students. “Portion size can be the biggest culprit in weight gain,” says Reich. She suggests writing down what you eat and if possible how much. By using fitness trackers like My Fitness Pal, it can give you nutritional information, calories, and other important information on fitness and healthy eating.

The dreaded freshman 15 may be prevalent on campuses all over the country but there are ways to combat it through healthy eating, exercise and being aware of the risk.

Photo source: Google images

Edited by: Brea Childs

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Food Recovery Network founder sheds light on Food Waste and Ugly Produce

Sydney Walker, Staff Writer

Wingate, N.C. – “Food waste is not one problem, but a collection of hundreds of problems that need to be solved–especially if the growing population wants to be fed,” said Ben Simon to Wingate University students. “The only way to feed the estimated 9 billion people in 2050 is to reduce the amount of food waste. Reducing just 15% of food waste could feed 25 million Americans.”

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Photo source: Food Recovery Network

Ben Simon, the CEO of Imperfect and the founder of the Food Recovery Network, first realized how much food was wasted in his college’s cafeteria. “At 9 p.m. just before closing, there would be stations full of food,” Simon said.

Simon asked a friend who worked in the dining hall what happened to all of that food. He found out it was just thrown away. This sparked the Food Recovery Network. The Food Recovery Network “is the largest student movement against hunger and food waste,” Simon said.

It wasn’t until Simon got a segment on the Melissa Perry Harris show that the Food Recovery Network took off. “That day and week we got applications from college students to spread the program to other campuses,” Simon said. “Starting this program locally with friends and growing it to a larger size is one of the greatest experience I’ve ever had.”

Simon said that is the government’s goal to reduce food waste by 50% before 2030. About 40% of food is wasted per year which is about 197 million pounds of produce. Simon said most of this food is wasted on farms because they are too ugly.

“Cauliflower that has a slight yellowing to it from the sun aren’t even considered for market. Heaven forbid the sun shines on produce and gives it a little sun tan,” Simon joked. “Let’s sell some ugly produce and love imperfections.”

Simon’s company Imperfect has about 15,000 to 16,000 subscribers in CA where they originated. The subscribers receive a box of ugly produce to their doorstep.

Simon was a government and politician major in college. He encouraged students to get involved with different student organizations. “I’m doing something completely unrelated to my major because of different student organizations. I found myself through work outside of my major,” he said.

Freshman Erin November said “I found it interesting that he was a government student like myself but changed paths. It makes me think about what I can do to improve situations on campus dealing with food waste and environmental studies.”

Freshman Katie Garrett said “it was very inspiring that he could start his own company at such a young age and be so successful.” Simon said fighting food waste can help with hunger problems. “One in six Americans struggle with food insecurities,” he said.

Garrett said she found the statistics shocking. “We could easily fix our hunger problem if we weren’t concerned with a standard of how things should look in advertising,” she said.

Edited by: Brea Childs

How students are reacting to the new McGee Center

Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

As you walk in the big glass doors, you enter the spacious lobby. On your left, you see students lifting weights as if they’re bodybuilders and above you see an occasional faculty member walking on the track. The new fitness center is up and running as it opened officially last Friday. Many students have taken advantage of the new classes and machines available for use; such as cycling classes, ellipticals and treadmills, the usual yoga classes, butts and guts, BODYCOMBAT, and more activities.

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Photo Courtesy by Wingate University

The facilities are also a favorite of the new center. Such as the indoor track and multipurpose field, the racquetball courts, and basketball/volleyball courts. Many of the students are definitely enjoying the center.

The Weekly Triangle was able to get some interviews from a few students about the new gym. “I love it!” Said Amy Victoria, a freshman Elementary Ed major and music minor. “I took a cycle class and it was so much fun!” The cycling class is something new where you are able to ride stationary bikes and be part of simulated hill climbing, sprints, and races.

The McGee Center is also a great place for the athletes; according to Alanya Mosher, a freshman criminal justice major. “I think it’s great and definitely necessary for the athletes on-campus.” The other day, Alanya and her friends discovered the rowing machine, a machine that simulates rowing a boat in the water. “It’s murder,” said Alana, “ but I love it.”

The fitness center is also a faculty/staff friendly environment due to its space and convenience. The Triangle was able to catch up with Mr. Isaac Meadows, a reference and instruction librarian at the Ethel K. Smith Library. “I really like it. You can see that it’s very helpful to students and faculty,” said Mr. Meadows, “The equipment is nice, clean and everything is spread out. I feel that the gym makes fitness more of an important element on campus than it was before.”

The McGee Center is open from 6:30 am to 11:00pm Monday thru Thursday, 6:30am to 8:00pm on Friday, 10am to 4pm Saturday, and 1pm to 11pm Sunday.

Edited by: Brea Childs

McGee Fitness Center Dedication

Tia Randolph, Staff Writer

“If you build it, we will come!” Dr. Sylvia Little-Sweat said in the spirit of the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams”. The glow of the captivating chandelier, reminiscent of the conjoined Olympic rings, as well as the open, optimistic atmosphere of the building invites students and faculty to do just that.

At four o’clock Tuesday evening, the ceremony to dedicate the new athletic building, which is, as Dr. Little Sweat commented, historically the largest and most expensive building on campus, in the honor of it’s namesake and 9th university president, Dr. Jerry McGee.

In his twenty three years leading Wingate University into a continued season of academic and athletic excellence, Dr. McGee inspired the campus with his energy and visions for constant improvement.

In his address, President Rhett Brown acknowledged the propriety of the building being named in Dr. McGee’s honor, as the center symbolizes the virtues he displayed, “a full life and totality of work, joy, youth, and passion.” The facility is intended to represent our university’s successes in academics as well as in sports, for as Dr. Little-Sweat reminded the assembly, “It is no accident our academic excellence happened on Dr. McGee’s watch.”

She explained that Dr. McGee’s direction enabled Wingate University to work hard and expect much; his passion for wellness was not displayed solely in his support of Wingate’s athletic teams, but also in the establishment sciences of the medical field. His passion for the well being and health of others led him to introduce to Wingate the fields of nursing, exercise science, pre-pharmacy, and other health sciences.

In his home Dr. McGee taught his family the value of sports in everyday life. His son, Ryan McGee, explained that he was taught,“ Whether in sports or just attempting to get in shape, you learn how to push yourself, compete, and work with a team.” These lessons are the qualities the president wished to pass to Wingate, as well as the spirit of the fitness center named after him.

The athletic center memorializes the former president’s ideals, representing the necessity of self and mental discipline as well as physical performance. Scott Hunsucker, a former student, reasoned that the habits students form here at the McGee Center will extend beyond their time as a student and into their adult life. “This is an example of what hard work can do.” said Ryan McGee.

The newest addition to campus is an example of what a career of excellence leads to. Ryan McGee added to this by asking “ What will the legacy of this building be?” To encourage students in making conscious decisions to challenge themselves physically and in their studies.

Edited by: Brea Childs

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