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Volume 10 No. 8.
Serving the Gardner-Webb University community for more than 60 years
— In campus news —
Students returned from winter
break to find a lot of changes
in the caf. To find out why and
how they happened, see the
Front Page Story.
Dr. Judge and his environmental
science students received a car
donation for the “veggie ve
hicle” project. See Page 2 for an
update on this story.
The Communication Studies
department has hired as a new
professor. See Page 2 to find out
more about him.
— In community news —
University Tanning prepares to
open soon in the old Boiling
Springs Post Office building
on Main Street. See Page 2 for
— Opinion/editorial —
Jacob Conley discusses his
wishes for 2007 in his “Wisdom
on Wheels” column. See Page
The Pilot is interesting in begin
ning a new feedback function.
The new piece would allow you
to voice your opinions in brief.
See Page 3 for more details.
— In sports —
GWU basketball season is in
full swing. Find out how the
teams are faring, including a
look at the men’s team match
ups against A-Sun favorites
Belmont and Lipscomb. See
We’ve got updates on the wres
tling and swimming seasons.
Check out the details on Page 4.
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Photo by: Katie Bryant
Students dine in the caf, which was renovated over Christmas break. The cafeteria has new carpet, tables, chairs and salad bar,
along with a collection of flat-screen televisions.
Caf facelif^a«)ost-holiday surprise
By Karl Kakadelis
Pilot Staff Writer
Students were surprised to
walk into a newly renovated caf
after Christmas break — and the
surprise was deliberate, according
to Mike Hardin, vice president for
business and finance.
“Really, it was just time to
make changes and upgrades,”
Hardin said. “It had been six or
eight years since the last time any
renovations had been done. We
want to provide modem facilities
for our students to dine in.”
The work was done during
Christmas break because it al
lowed uninterrapted time to get
all the work done, Hardin said.
Students could get the full effect
of the changes, rather than watch
ing them take place in a piecemeal
fashion during the semester.
Some of the changes include
a new salad bar, new display area
signs, flat-screen TVs upstairs and
downstairs, and smaller tables and
Food stations now have names
with university tie-ins, according
to Wayne Johnson, associate vice
president for operations. Bulldog
Bistro, Mack’s Pizza and Lulu’s
Deli are all obvious connections,
Jo|fl|on saic^kt the new caf
desigiWras a cc^iiorative effort
between students and staff.
“First off, we had several meet
ings with student groups,” he said.
“I spent a lot of time with Suzanne
(Glasscock), the caf manager,
and Jerry (Painter), our executive
“I also visited several other
campuses, and looked at what is
trendy in restaurants,” said John
son. “The final result really is a
Glasscock is pleased with the
caf’s new look.
“1 love it. 1 think it makes it
look like a restaurant,” she said.
Johnson said that although the
renovations started with a plan in
mind, it changed as the process
“Since it was done in such a
short period of time, it was like a
work of art,” he said.
The renovations cost between
$140,000 and $150,000, said Har
din. According to Dr. Bonner’s
office, the renovations were fi
nanced from a number of sources,
so the cost was not borne solely by
Johnson credits Execu
tive Chef Jerry Painter with the
market decor of the new food sta
tion in the center of the dining
Johnson wanted to give the
caf a restaurant feel, according to
The caf’s new setup allows the
cooks to prepare food in front of
.students so it is as hot and fresh
as possible, he said.
Painter and Johnson both give
credit to the university employees
who did the renovations, making
it largely an in-house project.
“Most of the people that clean
the dorms and help make sure the
school functions properly helped
build and complete the renova
tions in the caf,” said Painter.
Johnson wanted to be sure that
these dedicated employees get the
recognition due to them. Some put
in 12-16 hour days, and some all-
nighters, to get the work done on
time, he said.
Some took only Christmas and
New Year’s days off.
“There were a lot of Gardner-
Webb employees who worked
countless hours over the break
to pull this together. It would not
have been possible without the
dedication of the Operations em
ployees,” said Johnson.
Hardin said the renovations
weren’t done just for the students.
“It is an enhancement for the
students and the campus commu
nity,” he said.
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Final semester emotional time for seniors
By Matt Tessnear
matthewtl 984@earthlink. net
Chris Holloman has a recipe
for how he feels about gradua
tion. Holloman, a sociology major
from Belmont, is one of many se
niors who began their last semes
ter at Gardner-Webb University
With less than four months un
til May 12 commencement cere
monies, he said he feels a mixture
“As much as I love the people
at Gardner-Webb, and as much as
I am going to miss many of them
like crazy, I am excited about what
is to come,” said Holloman. “If
you put excited, scared, anxious
and unsure into a recipe. I’m sure
you would cook out what I’m feel
Roberto Vasques also has a
mixture of feelings about gradu
ation. As a GWU tennis player,
he’s dealing with more than just
the end of classes.
“I’m excited about graduat
ing, but at the same time kind of
scared about what can happen,”
said Vasques, an international
business major from Sao Paulo,
Brazil. “I’m focusing on enjoying
as much as I can this last semester.
not just with my friends but also
with tennis. 1 really hope to have
a good season and, of course, get
ready to start working.”
LaA|Chan^An is getting a
taste ^^ost-gra!mation life this
semester. Champion, an elemen
tary education major from Kings
Mountain, is student teaching this
“I guess, it is just becoming
very surreal to me,” said Cham
pion, who began student teaching
Jan. 2. “At times it is very scary
and overwhelming, but I know I
can do it. 1 look forward to start
ing my career and becoming one
of those great teachers that you
hear so much about.”
Vanessa Hodge said she also
has mixed emotions about leav
ing Gardner-Webb, but said she
is ready for the challenges of the
working world, and the chance to
accomplish more of her goals.
“Knowing that I have less than
four months left here at GWU
makes me both excited and a little
nervou^^said I^^ge. “I will defi
nitely ^Ps thi:(|^autiful campus
and the wonderful people I have
met here. I notice myself savoring
my experiences here as ‘lasts.’ For
example, the last time I will see
the leaves turn colors at GWU or
the last time I will go to the Festi
val of Lights.”
Hodge, an American Sign Lan
guage major, was recently accept
ed to grad school in North Dakota.
She will enter the Summer Signed
Language Linguistics Program.
Kaylan Bifaro, a nursing major
from Lawrenceville, Ga., plans to
get a job as a registered nurse in
the Atlanta area. She said she also
plans to volunteer at her church,
learn how to cook, and become
involved with passion ministries.
Bifaro said she’ll miss friends,
teachers and other things indig
enous to college life.
“My time here at GWU has
gone by very fast and I have had
a lot of good experiences, and
learned a lot of life lessons since
I have been here,” said Bifaro. “I
will definitely miss the innocent
days of college, canceled class
es, sleeping in and still receiving
some monetary support from the
For Holloman, it’ll be difficult
to part ways with good friends.
However, he said he realizes that
new ones are waiting somewhere
“I love the people here a whole
lot and hope to stay in contact with
them for the rest of my life,” he
said. “As for leaving, all 1 can say
is an amazing chapter of my life is
ending, and I believe more amaz
ing things are coming soon.”
Hodge agrees with Holloman.
“I will miss the.people of GWU
most,” she said. “Both in teachers
and students, I have found many
incredible friends and role models.
I am so glad that I have been able
to come here to GWU and that
these people are part of my life.
“I will definitely be back to
visit and I will not only make a
point to see the people 1 know, but
will also take another walk around
Things to remember:
* Graduation applications can
still be submitted until May 19;
however, a $50 late fee will be
charged to your account.
* You will need to order your
own cap and gown from Jostens,
including the hood appropriate for
* Graduation takes place May
12. Undergraduates will have a
ceremony at 10 a.m., while gradu
ate students will have a ceremony
at 3 p.m.
* Visit www.gardner-webb.
edu/academics/registrar, or call
704-406-4260, for more informa
tion concerning graduation.