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"" In campus news —
A new grading scale has
been proposed for un
dergraduate and gradu
ate programs at GWU.
See page 2.
Dr. Collins plays a free
concert on his dulcimer
Thursday. See page 2.
Superbowl commercials
were a highlight for
students. Page 2.
■•Opinion/editorial"" j Megan Lane takes
Photo by Ashley Carter
The Miss GWU contestants do an opening dance number to
introduce themselves to the audience. Contestants also had to
participate in a talent segment and buslnesswear competition.
Editor Rebecca Clark
discusses the violence
in Kenya. See page 3.
Jacob Conley promotes
teamwork among ath
letic teams. See page 3.
Healthcare is an issue
even college students
should care about. See
page 3.
the Miss GWU title
In sports-"
Softball team has high
hopes for season. See
page 4.
Things are taking off for
the track and field team.
See page 4.
Great individual per
formances not enough
to bring tennis teams to
triumph. See page 4.
Women’s basketball
team pulled out a vic
tory over North Florida
to snap losing streak.
See page 4.
i By Christopher Shaver
i Pilot staff writer
\ Megan Lane’s goal since her
i freshman year was to win the Miss
I Gardner-Webb title. She accom-
I plished that goal before a crowd of
i 400 in the Dover Theater Jan. 26
when - as a senior - she was cho
sen the winner from the pool of 10
contestants. She had a hard time re
alizing it, though.
“At first it didn’t hit me that I
won, because there were so many
wonderful girls,” Lane said. “I
didn’t think it was possible for me
to win.”
Karissa Weir, head of Student
Activities, which sponsors the pag
eant, was especially pleased with
this year’s competition, which was
only the fourth in the pageant’s his
“We’ve reached more girls this
year. There were more girls in the
competition than other years in the
past,” Weir said.
The road to the crown began
Jan. 12 with a meeting for students
interested in taking part in the pag
eant. That started a busy period
when the contestants went to work
shops on interviewing and choreog
raphy; participated in a photo shoot
and several rehearsals for the open
ing dance; and practiced for the tal
ent part of the competition.
The competition consisted of the
opening dance, which was choreo
graphed by Beth Mayo, owner of
Academy of Performing Arts. The
students then went through a busi
ness wear and leisurewear competi
tion. Lane did a yoga demonstration
for the talent portion.
The contestants also were inter
viewed by a panel of professional
pageant judges based on questions
derived from bio sheets submitted
for the competition.
Celeste McLure was named first
runner-up and most photogenic.
Photo by Kate Gazaway
Lane smiles as her name is called as the Miss GWU pageant
Michaela Lewis won second run
ner-up and Miss Congeniality. The
“most talented” competition was
a tie between Lane and Lindsey
The Miss Gamder-Webb Uni
versity experience has benefits in
Lane’s “real” life.
“This has helped me with my
confidence and poise. When I go
into [job] interviews I am more
confident, and it’s helped me be
come more eloquent.
“If you can do that in front of
your peers, then you can do any
thing,” she said.
Her platform was “Locks of
Love.” She is trying to fi;nd a date
where she can speak on behalf of
the organization which takes dona
tions of human hair to make wigs
for children with cancer.
Feb. 6
Feb. 7
storms and
pajiL- 3
Sports . .
Will Graham: Fight against world’s ways
Photo by Ashley Carter
Evangelist Will Graham speaks at the Dimen
sions program Tuesday on the Gardner-Webb
By Alex McKay
Pilot staff writer
Will Graham, grandson
of the world-renowned evan
gelist Billy Graham visited
Gardner-Webb University for
Tuesday’s Dimension service
Graham delivered an out
standing sermon about a topic
that he said is “what his grand
father told him at our age.”
He called our times the
“Crisis Age” because of all the
crises in the world today, such
as the war in Iraq.
Graham did cite one comi
cal example: The Britney
Spears “crisis” we seem to
hear about every day.
He said that this is a great
time to live in because we are
the people who can “rescue”
the world and stop these cri
Graham told the students
that Christians need to start
acting like Christians and not
go along with the world’s
ways. We must go by Chris
tian standards and work to
gether to better the world.
After the service, Graham
said that he was delighted to
come to GWU campus and
that he had started his U.S.
crusade in Gastonia in Octo
ber 2006.
Graham is a very down-to-
earth person who is devoted to
preaching the Gospel, legacy
or not.
He is not trying to be the
next in the Graham line, but
rather be himself and try to
help Christians and the world.
He is in the family busi
ness in more ways than one;
Graham is the assistant direc
tor of the Billy Graham Train
ing Center in Asheville, in ad
dition to preaching in his own
When asked about the
similarities in his, his father,
Franklin’s, and his grandfa
ther’s preaching styles, he
noted that “after hearing and
being taught by them over 30
years I’ve probably got the
same maimerisms and picked
up a few other things from
them, though we talk a lot
alike just from being from the
“Our services are a little
different though. Mine are cel
ebrations, with more music,
and theirs are festivals.”
According to his public
relations specialist, Lauren C.
Horton, he will be having a
celebration for youth in Knox
ville, Tenn., Sunday.
Graham’s presence at the
Dimensions service was made
possible by Tracy Jessup, the
Gardner-Webb campus min
ister. Jessup says that he had
met Graham at the Billy Gra
ham Training Center about
two years ago.
The two struck up a con
versation about him speaking
at campus and Graham had no
problem accepting the offer,
Jessup said.
Tle-breaker denies Quiz Bowl brainiacs the championship
MiChaela Bryson
Pilot staff writer
Some of the smartest students at
I Gardner-Webb University compet-
I ed Saturday to bring home a cham-
I pionship.
The marching band wasn’t there
i to encourage them, nor was a troupe
of cheerleaders stirring team spirit
from the sidelines. It was the stu
dents alone, battling it out with their
smarts before a crowd of teachers
and judges.
The GWU Quiz Bowl team
nearly met its high expectations
Saturday, tying for first place with
Virginia Military Institute and Lib
erty, with each team winning five
games. A tie-breaking decision by
the judges gave first place to Lib
erty and second place to GWU.
Gardner-Webb beat Radford,
High Point, Charleston-Southern,
Liberty and Winthrop.
Seth Huber was top man on the
team, averaging 44.29 points per
game. The nearest competitor aver
aged 32.86 points per game. In the
end, Huber walked way with 310
points overall.
“Seth Huber, a senior music
major, was the number-one scorer
on our team and in the tournament.
He probably has the widest width
of knowledge of any student I have
Gardner-Webb won five of the seven games it
played on Saturday, beating Radford, High Point,
Charleston-Southern, Liberty and Winthrop.
run into at Gardner-Webb,” said Dr.
Tom Jones, team advisor.
Jones pushed the students to
study and prepare themselves so
they would be sfrong in all the ques
tion categories.
“I knew we would do pretty well
we had a lot of returning students,
but we still had some holes in sci
ence, and that did come back to bite
us.” Jones said. “The only thing we
really scored in was individual tos-
sups, but we did well. I was pleased
with our score.”
For the team members, only one
thing was as important that wiiming
overall, and that was winning over
Liberty University, 190-150, in the
head-to-head competition.
“We beat Liberty. That was the
most important thing to the team,”
Jones said. “Before we left they said
that they didn’t care if they lost, as
long as they beat Liberty.”

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