November 1, 2007
Volume 11 No:i
Serving the Gardner-Webb University community for more than 60 years
This Edition I Southern achievements topic of lecture tonight
In campus news —
Dr. Eddins has high
hopes for the fledgling
major. See page 2.
The science depart
ment’s veggie vehicle
on hold until Spring.
See page 2.
Read all about Roderick
Wood, the popular cus
todian for Lutz-Yelton
Hall. See page 2.
It’s simple to avoid
contracting MRSA. See
Editor Rebecca Clark
recalls what it’s like
to not know what you
want to do with the rest
of your life. See page 3.
A swim team supporter
believes that the Bost
pool facilities aren’t ad
equate. See page 3.
Volleyball team is on
its way to the Atlantic
Sun Conference Tourna
ment. See page 3.
Men’s basketball team
is eager to face its tough
opponents. See page 3.
Enjoy a commentary
on the state of the Duke
- NC State rivaky. See
Author Jeff Biggers is the guest
speaker tonight for the second in
stallment of the Joyce Compton
Brown Lecture Series.
Biggers wrote “The United
States of Appalachia: How South
ern Mountaineers Brought Inde
pendence, Culture and Enlighten
ment to America.”
In a 2006 Asheville Mountain
Express interview, Biggers said,
“Let’s put aside these ridiculous and
wretched stereotypes that just don’t
seem to go away (such as hillbil
lies and rednecks), and let’s tell the
amazing story of how Southern Ap
palachians have shaped America,”
Biggers, a native of Ohio, has
worked as a writer, educator, com
munity organizer and radio cor
respondent in the United States,
Mexico, Europe and India. His
award-winning stories have ap
peared on National Public Radio,
in national and foreign newspapers,
and travel and literary magazines.
Biggers’ work has received sev
eral honors, including an American
Book Award and a Lowell Thomas
Award for Travel Journalism.
Biggers also wrote “In the Sierra
Madre (Mexico’s Copper Canyon)”
and served as editor of “No Lone
some Road, The Prose and Poetry
of Don West.” He currently makes
his home in Illinois and Italy.
The lecture is at 7 p.m. in Blan
ton Auditorium, in Hamrick Hall.
The scholarly lecture series is
named after Dr. Joyce Compton
Brown, professor emeritus, who re
tired in 2005 after almost 40 years
of service in the university’s depart
ment of English.
The public is invited to attend
and can get more information from
the Office of University and Media
Relations at 704-406-3221.
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Photo by Rachel i ucKer
Gathered around Yarnover group coordinator Teresa Smith, GWU students John Compton and Kate Gazaway learn a new Icnitting
technique during a group meeting at the Broad River Coffee Company in Shelby Oct. 30.
It’s not just for grandmothers
GWU guys discover the joy of knitting
j By Rebecca Clark
I Pilot editor
i It is a Tuesday evening at the Broad River
I Coffee Shop in Shelby, and two Gardner-Webb
I University freshmen are getting a knitting les-
John Compton sits among a circle of women
and listens carefully as Teresa Smith slips the
strand of yam between the needles and explains
how to turn out a row of stitches. His own pair
I of needles waits between his fingers, ready to go
I into action.
Taylor Doolittle sits beside him, concentrat
ing on the scarf-shaped cloth gradually taking
shape from his hands.
They didn’t go to the coffee shop wanting
to knit that first time. Doolittle, from Charlotte,
and Compton, from Goldsboro, had gone there
to study. Kate Gazaway, also a GWU student,
was there and invited them to join the Yamovers,
a group of women who gather every other Tues
day to knit, crochet, sew or work on other proj
The Yamovers, named after a knitting term,
is the “brain child” of friends Teresa Smith and
They started in March and added members as
word spread and after an advertisement in The
As many as 15 can show up or as few as one.
Smith said, and skills range from beginner to ex-,
“We generally don’t make it a habit to teach,”
However, the women made an exception for
Compton and Doolittle.
“They did really well,” Smith said. “They
used scraps from the other knitters to practice
so, they had to leam on little, thin yam and little,
thin needles, and that’s really hard.”
Both guys purchased yam and needles so
they could continue practicing.
Doolittle says he plans on keeping the hob
by up and hopes to make some things made for
It’s very time consuming,” he said. “Right
now I’m just trying to leam.”
Compton said he would rather make gifts
than buy them, one of the reasons he has taken
“I value gifts that are made more than those
that are bought,” he said. “I’d like to make
scarves, maybe some hats.”
Both students plan on retuming to the group.
“I’m not really embarrassed by it. It’s fiin,”
Doolittle said of being one of the only males in
That doesn’t mean the guys are completely
comfortable with their new hobby.
“Before they left last time they said they
were going to leave here and go play football,”
Bumgardner said with a laugh.