This Edition j
— in campus news — j
Dr. Gayle Price will assume the j
position of associate provost of j
schools in June. What will the I
current provost, Dr. Darlene
Gravett, be doing? See the story i
on Page 2.
Dr. Bob Carey had a chance to '
photograph the Super Bowl for a
second straight year. See how his ;
trip to Miami went on Page 2. i
Technology services recently test- ;
ed a new spam-blocking program ^
for the GWU Internet network.
See details on Page 2. i
— In community news — ^
GWU is recycling for the Com
munity Alternatives of North
Carolina. See more on Page 2.
— Opinion/editorial —
Matt’s found inspiration in the
little things lately. See his editor’s
column on Page 3.
What should you avoid doing on
Valentine’s Day? Jacob Conley
has suggestions in his “Wisdom
on Wheels” column on Page 3.
Guest writer Sheyahshe Little-
dave is a big fan of musicals.
See what she thought of ‘Dream
Girls’ on Page 3.
— In sports —
We’ve got a preview of the base
ball and softball seasons, which
start today. See the front page
story, which continues on Page 4.
Senior Terra Wilson has recently
set records in the pool, but she’ll
also have a chance to attend
Olympic qualifying. See the story
How did the men’s basketball
team fare in Johnson City, Tenn.?
Check on the team in Sports.
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^ Butts will be a thing of the past when the Gardner-Webb campus implements its tobacco-free
^ policy. So will chewing tobacco, dip and pipes, all in an effort to promote greater health.
GWU Going Tobacco-Free
First university in state to do so; policy goes into effect Aug. 6
' By Matt Tessnear
A new policy prohibiting to-
bacco use on campus grounds will
. make Gardner-Webb University
the first university in North Caro-
i lina to be smoke free. The policy,
j which applies to students, faculty,
; staff and visitors, will take effect
j Some students are displeased
• with the decision to ban tobacco
: use for the entire campus.
“I don’t mind if they want
: to limit where we smoke, but to
: outlaw it altogether seems pretty
ridiculous,” said Andrew Zawi-
^ erucha, a junior religious studies
; majorfromCary. “Some ofmybest
: memories of this place have been
: smoking a pipe with my friends or
; sitting alone somewhere, smoking
? a pipe and thinking. These points
in time have been influential to my
: development as a person. I will be
; sad to take that part away.”
Additionally; Zawierucha says
that students should be allowed
to make their own choices about
things like tobacco use.
“As far as students’ rights,
you’re going to have to exercise
responsibility sometime,” he said.
“College is a great place to start
to develop your personality and
lifestyle in a relatively safe envi
ronment. How long can someone
hold your hand through life?”
Sydney Beam, a freshman
ASL major, doesn’t use tobacco
and says the policy is what’s best
“It’s a good policy because
smoking is bad for you,” said
Beam, adding that she does think
the university will have a tough
time enforcing the policy. “Who-'
ever does smoke would have to
go to the trouble to going off cam
pus just to smoke all the time and
that’s just stupid.”
GWU will become the first
school in the state to be endorsed
by the North Carolina Health and
Wellness Trust Fund, which is an
organization designed to promote
tobacco-free environments and
encourage cessation among col
lege-aged tobacco users.
For several months, a univer
sity task force has been studying
the possibility of a 100 percent to-
bacco-free campus with the assis
tance of the Health and Wellness
According to the GWU Task
Force on Tobacco, “Gardner-
Webb’s decision to move to a
100 percent tobacco free campus
was based on several months of
study, including medical research
and general on-campus surveys.
Key nationwide trends relating
to tobacco-free environments for
workers and visitors to business
and educational facilities, also
played a role in the decision for
Gardner-Webb to go 100 percent
The task force distributed a to
bacco survey to faculty, staff and
students in April 2006. There were
810 total respondents, composed
of 145 staff members, 95 faculty
members and 576 students.
The survey results do not ap
pear to show an overwhelming
problem with tobacco use.
According to the survey, 3
percent of faculty, 10.3 percent of
staff and 17.6 percent of students
use at least one form of tobacco.
Survey respondents were asked
what best described their feel
ings about tobacco use on cam
pus. Only 29.5 percent of faculty
members responding said that the
GWU campus should be tobacco-
free for staff, faculty and students,
including use in vehicles. The
highest number of surveyed stu
dents, 30.9 percent, said that there
should be designated areas only
for tobacco use. The majority of
those surveyed did say they would
prefer higher tobacco policies on
campus for health reasons.
GWU President Dr. A. Frank
Bonner could not be reached for
comment concerning the surveys
or the tobacco-free policy.
The new policy will also pro
hibit tobacco use in university-
owned or leased vehicles.
Tobacco products affected
by the university policy include,
but are not limited to, cigarettes,
cigars, pipes and smokeless to
bacco. Signs will be posted on
campus and the university plans to
create brochures, posters and ban
ners to promote the policy. Poten
tial students, faculty and staff will
also be made aware of the policy
before becoming a member of the
Presentations and educational
forums on the new policy will be
held over the next several months,
see Tobacco page 2
Diamond ’Dogs are ready to play ball!
GWU coaches expect promising seasons from talented and youthful rosters
By Matt Tessnear
Spring classes have been in
session for a month, but Gard
ner-Webb University baseball and
softball players will hit the field
today for their first taste of 2007
I Rusty Stroupe, GWU head
I baseball coach, will manage a
) youthful roster this season, with
I only five seniors in the lineup.
I “We have a young team again
i this year, with a number of sopho-
I mores who will make up the bulk
I of our starting lineup and pitching
staff,” said Stroupe, whose team
includes 21 freshmen or sopho
The ’Dogs open the season
WWW.2WUpilot.COHl I against Creighton University at
' 12:30 p.m. today in Rock Hill,
S.C. It is the first of three games
for GWU in Rock Hill this week
Atlantic Sun Conference
coaches picked GWU to finish
9th in the 10-team league. Jack
sonville was the regular season
favorite, while Stetson was picked
to win the conference tournament.
Redshirt sophomore Jay McCon
nell, a sociology major from Mt.
Holly, made the preseason all
conference team as a designated
McConnell, who redshirted in
2006 for medical reasons, hit .345
with 5 home runs and 39 RBI in
2005, his freshman season.
Stroupe’s Bulldogs will open
up the home schedule on Tuesday
at 2:30 p.m. against Appalachian
“We also have the toughest •
schedule we have ever played,
including 10 games against ACC
and SEC schools,” said Stroupe.
“This could affect our overall re
cord, but should prepare us well
for the Atlantic Sun competition
against teams such as Stetson,
Jacksonville, North Florida and
Things to watch for this sea
Key players: Nate MacDon
ald, RHP, Sr.; Jay McConnell, C/
DH, So.; Joey Testa, OF, Sr.; Matt
Taffazoli, RHP, Sr.; Jonathan Ban,
RHP, So.; Daniel Cooke, OF, So.
Key newcomers: Jeremiah
Lokken, IB, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla.
(FCCJ); Jamaal Kinard, OF, Jr.,
see Diamond ’Dogs page 4
GWU Quiz Bowl team
ties UNCA in 2nd spot
at conference tourney
By Matt Tessnear
five-student quiz bowl team trav
eled to Radford University in Vir
ginia on Feb. 2 with the simple
goals of beating Liberty Univer
sity, the defending Big South Quiz
Bowl champion, and keeping the
competition close. The team’s per
formance on Feb. 3, which led to
a 2nd-place finish, far exceeded
those simple goals.
GWU won five out of its seven
games, which tied the team with
UNC Asheville in the eight-team
competition. Liberty Univer^
sity won the event for the second
straight year, going 6-1. GWU
played Liberty tough, losing that
match up by a 180-120 score.
Junior Seth Huber led the Bull
dogs with 230 overall points. His
average of 32.86 points per game
placed him second individually in
that statistical category.
“I knew I answered a lot of
questions, but after seeing the table
of who won last year and compet
ing against them, I didn’t think it
would matter,” said Huber, adding
that the first match and the match
against defending champion Lib
erty were somewhat intimidating.
“I didn’t think I answered enough
questions to place in the top 10,
much less number two.”
Junior Megan Looper finished
16th with 12.86 points per game,
while Senior Michael Mitteer
came in tied for 18th with 11.43
points per game. For the second
straight year, a Radford Univer
sity student led the competition in
GWU opened the day with an
impressive victory over Charles
ton Southern by a score of 150-40.
The team followed that up with a
five-point win over Radford, the
host school. GWU then dropped
two of its next three games, with
close losses to VMI and Liberty,
sandwiched by a 155-125 victory
over UNC Asheville. The loss to
Liberty would be the last of the
day, as GWU destroyed High
Point University, 230-45, and took
care of Winthrop to round out a
“I was surprised because I
didn’t think we’d do that well,”
said Huber. “Wiiming five games
was more than we expected obvi
ously. It was a last minute thing.
We didn’t really practice except
for picking the team.”
A solid performance at Rad-
see Quiz Bowl page 2
Junior pitcher Wes Cogdill
pitches to his fellow team
mate during a scrimmage last
Tuesday. The team is practic
ing for its season-opener to
day in Rock Hill.