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Local ministry prepares community for threat of war

Gabriela Cabrera, Staff Writer

MONROE –

The threat of war with North Korea is becoming increasingly real and a local thrift store in Monroe, NC is starting preparations to help the community by gathering clothing and farming materials needed if panic should arise.

Crystal Oliver, manager of Good Steward Ministries (GSM), sat down with her six employees at their monthly meeting, held Wednesday, Oct. 4, to discuss the possibility of North Korea invading U.S. soil and how they should plan.

“War seems almost inevitable and we want to be prepared,” she said. “We want the community to know that if something were to happen they can rely on Good Steward to help provide clothing and equipment needed to survive.”

Run mostly off of donated goods, the store is well-known for helping locals by offering an assortment of clothing, houseware items, books and shoes for an affordable price. Oliver wants to go one step further by making sure their supplies will last for the rush of people who may panic if North Korea invades the U.S.

Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump have exchanged heated words, causing worry in the U.S. that a war may break out. President Trump tweeted last weekend that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was “wasting his time trying to negotiate” with Kim Jong-un.

The employees listened carefully to Oliver’s plan of slowly setting aside clothes in their storage rooms. GSM’s mission is to have clothing and farming material ready to be provided when other stores run out.

Oliver said that she knows that many people don’t want second-hand things, but when the time around she believes people will accept it.

“I think it’s great that Good Steward wants to look out for the community,” Raphaela Moore said. “We are family.”

This mindset in some of the employees sparked conversations and game plans for preparation.

Other employees, however, were more skeptical.

“There is no reason to prepare,” said employee Patrick Love. “America is completely equipped to stop any attack before it reaches our home.”

While the employees may be split on whether a war with North Korea may happen, they are still working together to prepare GSM for helping the community.

 Edited By: Cierra Smith and Harrison Taylor

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Chi Omega Sugar Cookies Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Stephen Fisenne, Staff Writer

The sisters of Chi Omega at Wingate University were recently selling sugar cookies on campus for a good cause: the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

As the national philanthropy of Chi Omega, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has a pretty big place in their hearts. They wanted to raise money for them, as they do every year, and they decided that sugar cookies would be a sweet reward for those who wanted to donate.

Wilkey Nelon, a sophomore on campus who decided to buy a few of these cookies was “glad they’re giving back to Make-A-Wish.”

This event happened on Sept. 21 from 8 p.m. until midnight. It was apparently a huge success, garnering around $100 after costs were subtracted. They sold the cookies in small bundles, and even put sprinkles on top for some added fun.

They sold these cookies from their South Village and Greek apartments. They delivered them all around campus, but unfortunately they were not able to get them to the Hilltop apartments.

“It was great and we appreciated the support,” said Lauren Campany of Chi Omega.

Nelon said that the cookies were “even better than mom’s cooking.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation started in May of 1980 after the first “wish” was granted to a seven-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius: becoming a Department of Public Safety officer. After Chris’ funeral, people became moved by the story and in November of the same year the Make-A-Wish Foundation legally came into fruition.

Since then, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted over 300,000 wishes. They run solely off of donations like the ones that the sisters of Chi Omega make.

According to their website, wish.org, Make-A-Wish puts 79 percent of its donations into their actual programs that they do. From these donations, 37 percent comes from individuals, while 53 percent comes from corporate sponsors.

Kayla Bates, a sister of Chi Omega, shed some light as to why the support of this organization is so plentiful.

“We do it to provide hope, strength and happiness to a child with a life-threatening disease. It can provide a wish kid with the ability and willingness to comply with difficult medical treatments and the drive to keep pushing,” said Bates. “That determination can also help to improve their overall physical health as well.”

Chi Omega does fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation twice every semester, so be on the lookout for the next event that they hold. It’s sure to be as sweet as this one.

For more information please contact:

Wilkey Nelon: wi.nelon646@wingate.edu

Lauren Campany: la.campany@wingate.edu

Kayla Bates: mi.bates@wingate.edu

Edited by Gabriela Cabrera and Mason Teague

WU overtakes Catawba in overtime to win SAC quarterfinal thriller

 

Brandon Bowles, Staff Writer 

It is safe to say that Wednesday’s South Atlantic Conference men’s basketball tournament quarterfinals matchup between the third-seeded Bulldogs of Wingate University and the sixth-seeded Indians of Catawba College was not for the faint of heart.

The Bulldogs were able to come away with a hard-fought victory over the Indians in a 91-85 overtime thriller. This win brought the Bulldogs record to 20-9 overall (16-6 SAC). With this win the Bulldogs will face the second-seeded Royals of Queens University in the tournament semifinal matchup at 8 p.m. Saturday in Greenville, S.C.

With the loss Catawba finishes their season at 18-11 overall (12-10 SAC).

Wingate had four key contributors in Wednesday’s game. Josh Dominguez led the team with 22 points going 4-of-12 from the field (3-of-8 from three point range) and shot a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line. Isiah Cureton scored 21 and was a big asset on the defensive side of the ball collecting eight rebounds along with two blocked shots. Keith Griffin scored 15 points and was a key factor around the rim blocking six shots. Anthanee Doyle scored 17 points and was deadly from behind the three point line going 4-of-6

Catawba’s Jameel Taylor led the Indians with 23 points going 8-of-19 from the field, including  6-of-6 from the free-throw line.

Both teams began the game trading baskets with one another. Cureton would hit a three-point basket giving the Bulldogs a 16-13 lead at the 13-minute mark. Catawba would then push out to a 13 point lead with the aid of a 15-4 run in the late stages of the first half. Wingate would answer back with a few baskets of their own. By the end of the first half the Bulldogs trailed 41-30.

Knowing that their season was on the line the team went into the locker room and made some much needed adjustments. “There is no 11 point shot out there we just need to take one play at a time,”  said Wingate head coach Brian Good.      

Dominguez was able to cut the deficit to eight early in the second half. Catawba would maintain a comfortable digit lead for the first four minutes of the second half. Then the Bulldogs made numerous attempts to cut into the lead led by Dominguez, Griffin, Cureton and Doyle. Cureton would cut the deficit to three with a layup making the score 55-52 at the 9:50 mark.

Shortly after Catawba would gain a nine-point advantage with six minutes to go in the game. With a minute to go in the game Cureton was able to secure an offensive rebound off a missed free throw from Griffin kicking it out to Doyle for a three point basket that tied the game at 73 at the end of regulation.

“The team’s mindset changed going into overtime. It gave us that extra breath of life.” Cureton said after the game.

Key free-throws were made down the stretch by Dominguez and Cureton to assure a victory for the Bulldogs. With the help of Dominguez, Cureton, Griffin and Doyle the Bulldogs were able to make one final run to defeat the Indians and move on in the SAC tournament to face Queens.

“I knew our guys needed a blow, but I felt like we could not afford not having our best players on the floor.” Said coach Good after the game.

Look for Saturday’s game with Queens to be  very competitive, as the Royals look to avenge the two losses handed to them by the Bulldogs in the regular season. It’s the second straight year the two teams have met in the tournament semifinals, with the Bulldogs winning in Greenville last season.

 

 

Bulldogs top L-R to open SAC women’s basketball tournament

 

Maggie Smith, Staff Writer 

The Wingate Bulldogs beat the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears 56-46 at Cuddy Arena on Wednesday night to advance to the South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball semifinals.

Wingate has a 23-5 overall record, while Lenoir Rhyne ended their season with a 17-12 overall record.

Junior center Marta Miscenko had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Caroline Averette followed close behind,  adding 15 points for the Bulldogs. Senior guard Shelby Tricoli also contributed six points, and senior guard Amber Neely added added five points with a game-high of five assists as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s sophomore forward Madi Suddreth had 18 points, and senior forward Alecia Bell contributed 12 points.

A key player for the Bulldogs, Danasia Witherspoon,  was out with a knee injury.

The Bulldogs led the Bears 24-20 at the half. They were able to maintain a slight lead the whole game. L-R got as close as three points in the fourth quarter.

No. 3 seed Wingate will travel to Greenville, S.C. on Saturday to compete in the SAC Semifinals at 2 p.m. against seventh seed Catawba at Furman University. The Bulldogs are seeking a second consecutive SAC tournament championship.

Men’s soccer makes history as National Champions

It’s the first national sports title for Bulldogs 

Kori Adams, Staff Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—–The Wingate men’s soccer team made history this Saturday night winning the Division II national championship.  The top ranked Bulldogs were led by All-American Jon Ander who scored two goals to force Wingate to a 2-0 victory over the University of Charleston.  Wingate finished the season 19-1 while the Golden Eagles fell to 19-3-2.

“It’s honestly the best feeling in the world…knowing that we are making this Wingate family proud,” Junior Mateo Correa says.  Coach Hamill has worked so hard to get us all here and doing this for him makes it feel even better.”

Throughout the national tournament Wingate did not allow one goal.  The Bulldog defense shut down the nation’s top ranked offense in the regional championship and the nation’s second ranked offense Saturday to win it all.  Throughout the season the Golden Eagles averaged 20 shots per game, but the Bulldog’s defense held them down to a season low of eight.  Damian Goana and Alex Nelson were a major part of Wingate’s strong defense.

Wingate imposed their offense in the last ten minutes of the first half when freshman, Oscar Perez assisted Ander who put it in the back of the net for the Bulldog’s first goal.  Wingate Nate Evans and Christian Szalay each had an attempted goal during the first half to keep the pressure on.

Charleston tried to tie the game early in the second half when Felipe Antonio attempted to head the ball for a goal, but it was saved by Wingate All-American goalkeeper Pablo Jara.  Ander scored once again later in the second half, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 final lead to capture the national championship for the first time in history.

“The whole way through we have had a lot of support from home and it has been absolutely fantastic,” says head coach Gary Hamill.

Ander, Jara, Szalay, Goana, and Nelson all were named to the All-Tournament Team.  Ander received the Most Outstanding Offensive Player while teammate Nelson received the Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

The National Champions arrived back at Wingate University Sunday afternoon where a crowd of students welcomed them in celebration of the historical day.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Faculty Spotlight: Dr.David Brooks

Professors have lives too???

Andrew Elliott, Staff Writer

As one of the piano instructors for the Wingate University Music Department, Dr. David Brooks, is able to show his musical ability as well as share his ability with his students. He started at Wingate three years ago and has been here ever since.

Where are you from originally?

I was born in New York, I grew up in Seattle, and then went back to New York to go to college.

What college did you go to?

I went to Stony Brook to receive my doctorate.

Do you have family here?

Well, I don’t have kids. It’s just my and Annie (my wife). But, we both have family back in Seattle and all around the country.

You seem to like traveling. What are your interests when you’re in the classroom and what are your interest outside the classroom?

I enjoy all kinds of music. But, I really enjoy modern music; the kind of music that most audiences would not like when they first listen to it. I believe that they can enjoy it if they give it a listen. As for outside the classroom, non musical things (laughs). I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and traveling. I like being there, but I don’t like getting there. I also enjoy reading about conspiracy theories and enjoying excellent coffee.  

What is your favorite food?

Oh man, that’s a tough one; I like all kinds of food. But, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Indian food; there are so many different ways it can be served. Either that or Korean food, but I know of very few, if any Korean food places here (laughs).

After knowing for the past year, I’ve noticed that you like to wear hats and socks with cool designs. Where did you get your sense of fashion?

(laughs) I’m not sure! I think the socks thing started a few years ago when I accidentally wore some colorful socks for a concert instead of black and people commented positively.  I guess I kept at it because the socks are one of the few opportunities for guys to introduce a little flair…

Edited by: Sara Gunter

Wingate football finishes 8-3, takes 2nd place in SAC

End of Football Season, the Start of Prepping for next Season

Tariah Harrell, Staff Writer

Coach Joe Reich and the Wingate Bulldogs came up short in the South Atlantic Conference championship game on Nov. 12 against the Newberry Wolves 22-27.

Wingate senior running back Blake Hayes rushed 27 times for 165 yards and two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Hayes ended the 2016 season with 1109 rushing yards.

“It was a tight game,”  Wingate redshirt senior defensive end Andre Foulks said. “Both teams played great, we just fell short. It was an exciting atmosphere to play in”.

“It is frustrating to see your guys work that hard to come up a bit short but again as I get older, it is more the group effort and the team,” Wingate head coach Joe Reich says. “I personally do not carry stuff over from one year to the next; each year is a new team, but there are lessons that we need to take from any experience so we can get better. We need to work on finishing, that is not just from the game. We had a few games that we did not finish strong enough, even in some wins,” Reich mentioned. “I think the returning players will understand that and make that a key goal for next year”.

The Bulldogs finished the season 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. “I would not have change anything about the way the game went,” Reich says. “I think our guys played hard and executed pretty well against a good team. I am not one to really call the fire department over a fire that happened last week, if that makes sense. You learn and you move on”.

In the 2017 season, the Bulldogs will be regaining Lawrence Pittman, Adam Riley lll, Kam Johnson back to the field due to season-ending injuries, along with newcomers. “I am hoping that it won’t be one guy you need to keep an eye on but many as we play great team football,” Reich mentioned. “Between Blake and LP returning, that is a lot of yard ok the ground plus the entire offensive line and tight ends as well. Having Adam back, especially as a kickoff and punt returner will be awesome,”.

“It hurts falling short to something when it is at your fingertips, but I realized that all the seniors I have seen come before did not get this close. I think this team will show later teams how to get the job done,” Andre Foulks says. “I would advise next year’s team to not take any game or team for granted. Hard work will get them back in the same position, but it will be a greater outcome,”.

The Bulldogs has already started post-season lifting striving for greatness. “The outlook for next year is very good,” Reich says. “We return a lot of guys at key spots and where we lose guys, we have some key backups that now need to step up and take over. If we work hard starting NOW, we have a change to be pretty good, but that is all talk until we put in work.”

Edited by: Sara Gunter