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Friday, May 2,2003
Combining forces
college coming to GWU
Brenda Goodbrad
Pilot staff
The local YMCA and
Gardner-Webb University
have come to an agreement.
GWU will promote the pro
grams of the Y USA, and will
then become the only school
in the Southeast region of the
nation who carries such a pro
Y USA is the national
branch of the YMCA. This
organization wants to have a
college in all four regions of
the country that will adminis
ter this program. Currently,
Springfield College in Illinois
is the only other college in the
country who offers this pro
gram. This is “the ‘Y’ college
to prepare men and women
with a career in YMCA,” said
Scoot Dixon,vice president of
enrollment management.
Students who are interested in
involvement must travel long
distances to go there until
more colleges add this pro
gram to be available for stu
dent participation on campus.
Executive Director of the
Cleveland County YMCA,
Cameron Corder, believes that
when we add this program to
our curriculum it will “posi
tion Gardner-Webb University
as the Springfield College of
the South.” Corder has orga
nized the YMCA programs at
Dover, the main branch.
There is also the Boiling
Springs YMCA and the one in
Kings Mountain. Gardner-
Webb will be the fifth YMCA
branch in Cleveland County.
Dixon believes that
adding this program is a “win-
win” situation. Not only will it
partner us with the local
YMCA organization, but it
will also give us national
recognition with the entire Y
USA headquarters. Its pro
grams and services will come
to benefit students on campus
and through off campus vol
unteer work. This will include
mentor programs, involve
ment in local high schools,
middle schools and other
community services.
The goal of the Cleveland
County Family YMCA is “to
take the strengths of GWU
and the CC Family YMCA
and establish a long-term part
nership between both parties.
This partnership will not only
enhance the student experi
ence but also create high qual
ity program and service deliv
ery to all of Cleveland
Dixon was unsure of
exactly how much it will cost
GW to institute this program
into the curriculum. “The final
budgeted amount has not been
determined,” said Dixon.
What we do know is that it is
one of the reasons for
increased tuition next year.
Dixon has high hopes howev
er for the program and
although we will be paying to
add the YMCA’s programs
here, the YUS A and the
Cleveland County branch will
be matching whatever amount
we put forth. This means that
GW will be paying only a
third of the overall cost that it
would usually be to imple
ment the program on campus.
It will not be just another
recruiting tool. Student bene
fits will include: having men
tors who will help them in
choosing a YMCA profession
al career, opportunities to vol
unteer and serve throughout
Cleveland County and possi
ble paid summer internships
with YMGAs across the
nation. The Cleveland County
YMCA hopes to allow the
YMCA students at GWU to be
involved in coordinating the
intramurals on campus and
freshman orientation activi
The Y USA “is really the
YMCA of the USA,” said
Corder. They want to join
because of the great relation
ship between GW and the
YMCA. Students from GW
are directly involved with the
YMCA of Cleveland County
each year and Corder wants to
expand theses possibilities.
More can be learned about the
Y USA program at
President Frank Bonner
and Dean Bruce Moore have
been involved with the imple
mentation of this program on
campus, however, both were
unavailable for comment.
Selection for
SEA chair
The process of choosing
the SEA chairperson was
recently changed. Instead of
being nominated and elected by
students, the SEA chairperson
for the 2003-2004 school year
will be selected through an
application and interview
“This new way of choosing
the chairperson is better
because, through the applica
tion and interview process, we
know that we will be getting a
person who is genuinely inter
ested in the position, as well as
having been thoroughly
informed about it through the
interview procedure,” said
Karissa Weir, director of stu
dent leadership and activities.
The SEA chairperson has
many duties, including largely
planning and being responsible
for activities on campus, such
as Last Blast Week and the
Spring Formal.
Applications for SEA
chairperson were due on April
29. The announcement of the
new chair will be announced
— Erin Aldridge
internet comes to
Gardner-Webb recently
added wireless Internet to its
technological advances.
“It is the perfect time for
wireless internet service,” said
Danny Davis, director of
Information Services.
Though the service is still
in its testing stage, Davis stat
ed that full service should be
available to students by the fall
Davis wants the service to
be simple and “user friendly”
for both professors and stu
Wireless Internet service
will be accessible in most
dorms as well as in classrooms
throughout the campus.
“This service will be stu
dent driven,” said Davis.
— Megan Berry
Clubs combine to sponsor run-a-thon
Just the Facts
By Meg Elliott
Pilot staff
The Gardner Webb running club
will sponsor a run-a-thon on May 3.
The 5K (3.1 miles) race will begin
at 8 a.m. in front of the
Communications Studies Building and
end at the Broad River Greenway.
Volunteers are welcome to help out
with entries, work as course monitors
or finish line judges. Spectators are
encouraged to come out to cheer on the
runners. Anyone interested in running
can enter up to the day of the race.
Entry forms for the run-a-thon are
available in Withrow building or online
The sponsors of the run-a-thon
hope to raise awareness about recycling
around campus.
This will be the first annual run-a-
thon sponsored by the running club and
Tri-Beta. Running club president John
Olson and Tri-Beta president Phoebe
• Anyone interested in joining the
running club can contact John
Olson at ext. 4587
•Anyone interested in participating
in the run-a-thon can get an entry
form in Withrow or online at
McGee collaborated to organize the
The GWU running club was found
ed by Olson in October of last semester.
The idea was raised in an Student
Government Association club meeting.
Olson hopes to get the club
involved in more activities, such as
local races in the southeast. He wants to
make the run-a-thon an annual event.
“I want to make running fun,” said
Olson. “That’s what running is all
If interested in joining the running
club, contact Olson.
Photo by Scott Holstein
(left) GWU junior and president of the running club,
John Olson, and Daniel Abrahao, sophomore, run the
trail at the Broad River Greenway.

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