Volume 11 No. 2
Serving the Gardner-Webb University community for more than 60 years
— In campus news —
Intramurals aren’t what they
used to be — now they are
‘campus recreation’ and the
rules have changed a bit. See
The marching band is mak
ing half time a musical feast.
See page 4.
Two GWU professors have
published a book that sets a
new standard in crisis coun
seling. See page 4.
In community news-
El Alcupulco restaurant has
opened in North Main Street.
See page 2.
Atheletes help community
by picking up trash. See
Americans need to take a
more global view with the
news they consume. See
Hollywood is turning out
some bad sequels according
to entertainment reporter,
Chris Shaver. See page 3.
In sports ■
Mens football team didn’t
win, but didn’t embarrass
itself against MSU. See
Volleyball team traveled
to Florida only to lose two
matches, but the coach is
optimistic. See page 5.
Women’s soccer team lost
against tough opponent.
Western Carolina. See
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Photo by Ashley Carter
The new Segway sits out font of University Police Station
Segway has U.P. on a roll
j By Rebecca Clark
j Pilot editor
I Gardner-Webb University Police Chief Barry
I Johnson has traded in his official four-wheeled trans-
I portation for two wheels, and he is happy about the
I Funds from an alumnus, earmarked for the cam-
I pus police department, allowed it to purchase a Seg-
I way from Charlotte Energy Solutions. The machine,
j which will be used for patrol purposes, is a two-
I wheeled transportation device invented in 2001.
I “I’m excited about that thing and amazed by what
iit can do,” Johnson said after testing the $5,600 ma
chine out around campus. “We’ve encountered noth
ing but positive responses.”
^ He said it will be used to not only patrol around
j campus, but also around town as well,
j “It’s a perfect tool for community police. We con-
I sider ourselves a community-oriented police depart-
I ment,” he said.
j One of the important factors the Segway contrib
utes is its visibility. Johnson said it affords them the
ability to see and be seen, a vital part of police work,
as well as cutting down on foot time for patrol of
“It’s just a way to provide better service,” John
The Segway has computers and motors in its base
to keep it upright at all times. It is essentially driven
and steered by leaning in the desired direction.
The particular model of Segway purchased by
GWU, the x2, is specifically designed for security
purposes. It has larger tires than other models to pro
vide for patrolling on off-pavement terrain.
Another positive factor is that it is environmen
tally friendly and saves costs on fuel.
The machine operates using lithium batteries,
which typically take 8-10 hours to recharge.
“It’s a money saver,” Johnson said.
The Segway can reach up to 12.5 miles per hour
and is able to cover 15-24 miles on a fully charged
“We’d be interested in purchasing another one if
we can get our hands on one,” Johnson said.
Tradition goes on
By Jared Graf
Pilot staff writer
The Family Weekend tradition
continues this weekend with one
minor change: The picnic will be
on the Quad rather than at Lake
Dawn Anthony, the assistant
director of Alumni Relations,
which plans the weekend, is ex
pecting 640 students to attend this
event. That’s the highest number
ever, she said.
The weekend starts with the
Senior Pinning reception at 5 p.m.
Friday in the courtyard outside
the LYCC, followed by the Senior
Pinning banquet and ceremony
from 5:45- 7:45p.m. in the LYCC.
Each senior will have the gold
en pin attached by someone who
the student considers a major in
fluence on his or her life.
Anthony said the pinning cere
mony is an “ opportunity and time
to pay tribute to those who helped
them along the way.”
Following the banquet there is
the annual Faculty-Staff Variety
Show which gives participants a
chance to display their talents and
entertain the Gardner-Webb com
This year’s theme is Broadway
musicals. The program is sched
uled to have 12 acts from various
divisions of the school’s staff/fac
Saturday’s schedule includes
the pre-football-game picnic be
ginning at 4 p.m. There will be live
music provided by seniors. GWU
students with meal plans will not
be charged, but must have ID.
The Bulldog mascot will there
to pose for pictures.
The football game will begin at
6 p.m. at the Spangler Memorial
Stadium against the Governors
of Austin Peay State University.
GWU students can get in free with
A student-led worship service
will be from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday
in the Dover Chapel. Families are
encouraged to stay.
Tracy Jessup, the mister to the
university, will be giving the mes
After the service, there is a
See FAMILY page 2
Tobacco-free policy takes effect without trouble
By Kory McNair
Pilot staff writer
It was a nerve-wracking six
months for some staff members at
Gardner-Webb University as they
waited for the tobacco-free cam
pus policy to go into effect Aug.
6, according to Bruce Moore, vice
president for student affairs.
They wondered how the policy
would be received and be handled
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“Residence Life is trying to
foster and cultivate a safe and
healthy living environment ...
there are so many health issues re
lated to tobacco use,” said Moore.
That is one of the main reasons
why Gardner-Webb went to the
“It’s consistent with our values
to promote health and wellness,”
said university President Dr. A.
Frank Bonner. “It’s very much the
“It’s consistent with our values
to promote health and wellness, ”
Dr A. Frank Bonner
by faculty, staff and students. The
policy forbids the use of tobacco in
all smoking and chewing forms.
As it turns out, there was noth
ing to it. Nothing at all; no one
was openly defiant toward the
policy that was implemented for
trend in society to prohibit smok
ing in public places.”
One reason for the prohibition
on the GWU campus is the grow
ing concern about the dangers of
second-hand smoke, which may
be as dangerous as smoking itself
After several months of review-
Pnoto bv Jessica Jones
Andrew Zawierucha siis in
front of Broad River Coffee
Company and enjoys his pipe.
ing medical research and conduct
ing on-campus surveys, a GWU
task force decided to move into a
100 percent tobacco-free mode.
It was the first university in
North Carolina to do so, although
Gardner-Webb had been smoke-
free in residence halls since 1996.
“I applaud the task force and
the president for taking the initia
tive, for taking the stance,” said
Opinions of the new policy
range from love to hate.
'‘It’s just something else to get
busted for,” said Alex McKay, a
sophomore business major.
Others believe the policy is for
the best and is a good thing.
“It’s nice to be able to walk
around without the smell of
smoke,” said Cole Harden, an
R.A. in Nanney Hall.
Enforcing the policy is every
one’s job, said Moore.
“It’s incumbent that the com
munity enforces the law.”
He said if you see someone
using tobacco products to respect
fully ask them to stop.
For more information about
the policy, visit www.gardner-
Anyone who wants to quit us
ing tobacco or is in need of sup
port in doing so can contact oi
visit the university’s counseling
center in Washburn Hall. Cessa
tion classes are available and in
formation at the counseling center
or the Web site.