I GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY March 19, 2008-;- mm HHU Volume fiTNoTIT m Serving the Gardner-Webb University community for more than 60 years This Edition ‘ In campus news> Check out a pair of sto ries about spring break trips. See page 2. Fine Arts and Theater students will present an original musical later this month. Page 4. The annual LOTS Con ference had a different twist this year. Page 2. ■ Opinion/editorial' Editor Rebecca Clark enjoys spring because it’s a season of hope. See page 3. Jacob Conley looks back at things he didn’t doatGWU. Pages. Lanny Newton sounds off about problems with the NCAA. Page 3. — In sports ■ Wrestling team sends two players to NCAAs. See page 5. Baseball team defeats Cornell. See page 4. Men’s tennis out on the road after mixed bag of wins and loses. See page 5. Softball team finds frus tration at Adidas Tour nament. See page 5. Both swim teams finish third in Coastal Colle giate Swimming Finals. Page 4. Weather Today Thursday Mar. 19 Mar. 20 69/47 66/39 PM rain Sunny Source: Weather Channel Index News Op/Ed page 3 : Sports page 4,^, Photo Texas Train’ A-Sun Player of the Year By Samba Fall Special to The Pilot On March 4 Gardner-Webb University senior Thomas Sand ers was named Atlantic Sun Con ference Player of the Year, and for good reason. The “Texas Train” or “T Train” as his teammates call him, has had a year full of good stats and numbers. Sanders averaged a double-double of 17.9 points and 11.2 rebounds during the regular season. That hasn’t happened at Gardner-Webb for more than 20 years. Sanders was very modest about his performances this year, and was quick to share credit for the honor. “1 did not expect it coming,” said Sanders. “But for it, I have to be grateful to my teammates and coaches. For me, the award is more of a team recognition than an indi vidual distinction to my person.” Sanders’ point of view seems to reflect the team’s motto - Play hard, play together - that Coach Rick Scruggs and his staff wanted the players to cultivate throughout the season. The spirit of unity and family that any team needs was well perceived by Sanders and his teammates. Looking back at the season, Sanders expresses satisfaction in the overall improvement the team has achieved in his two years at Gardner-Webb. In 2006-2007, the Running Bulldogs went 9-21, and this year they finished 16-16. “Somehow, we can be proud of what we did this season” said Sand ers. “We started up with some big wins, like one ov|njC entucky, from whicl^P: had lUr expecta tions in ourselves. “And we also had some bad losses. We just have to learn from those losses.” After a brilliant college career, Sanders is now heading out to “real life.” The T Train has a few plans for his near future. “There is nothing specific, or for sure yet,” he said. “But I would love to play professional basketball. When and where, that 1 don’t know yet. And if that does not work out well. I’m planning on going to law school.” By being the first Runnin’ Bull dog named A-Sun Player of the Year, Sanders has set a new stan dard for his teammates, and the fu ture looks promising. In addition to Sanders’ recog nition, teammate Nate Blank was named A-Sun Freshman of the Year. Plus, almost every player on this year’s roster is coming back next fall. Photo by Tyler Kucifer Thomas Sanders demonstrates the form that made him famous. Campus cats ruffle some feathers By Amy Elliott Special to The Pilot There is a love-hate relationship on the campus of Gardner-Webb University concerning the cats that make the university grounds their home. Students have complained about the cats that live around the music and education buildings in particu lar, citing them as an annoyance. “They are a nuisance, espe cially when they are lying in the road,” said junior Heather Shirey. “I honked my horn at the cat so I would not run over it. “1 got out of my car to try and move it and it tried to bite me. So I said, ‘Kill the cats!’ ” Another stu dent, Ben Pewtitt, said, “1 think it [the cats] makes the campus look nasty and dirty.” Other students are not at all bothered by the cats. “It’s fun because they are like a substitute for our pets at home,” said Rosalee Johnson. Keith Manuel said, “I like seeing them around. You don’t see many animals running around campus, but they seem to hang around.” Joseph, a tuxedo cat that lives beside O. Max Gardner Hall, is very popular with students and pro fessors alike. He has his own Face- Joseph tf^kl people Photo by Ashley Carter It is a ITiVlax Gar krite of ner Hall. book page and has his own rapper name, “Fat Joe.” “He has quite the personality,” said Dr. Patricia Sparti, head of the music department. Of the cats in general, she said, “They are God’s creatures; we take care of them. They have a right to life here.” Bowls of food sit beside the education and music buildings for the campus cats, most of which are feral. This means they are wild and have not been domesticated like pet cats. They are not social, but will mate with domesticated cats that wander over from their houses. According to an educational Web site devoted to feral cats, the kittens produced will add to the fe ral cat population. The Humane Society of Cleve land County said that one male and one female cat that mate have the potential to produce up to 420,000 descendents in seven years. Although there have never been any serious instances of the cats harming anyone on campus, the administration is aware of the cat situation. “We are having issues raised,” remarked Scoot Dixon, the head of University Relations and Develop ment at Gardner-Webb. “We realize it is a health, safety and humane is sue. “We are trying to find the best way to handle it so next year we don't have double the number of cats.” All of Cleveland County is hav ing to deal with the expanding cat population. While there are many people willing to adopt cats into their homes, the cat population has become so large that many of them end up homeless. Margarite Mebane, president of the Humane Society, suggested three ways the college'could poten tially deal with the cats. “There is a nation-wide push to start considering TNR, trap-neu- ter-release,” she said. “The cats are trapped, tested for feline leukemia, de-wormed, given a rabies shot, and are spayed and neutered. See CATS page 2 Photo by Rachel Tucker Dr. Van Graham has many du ties in the Broyhili Schooi of Business and recentiy added another one when he was se- iected as the inaugurai associ ate dean. Graham named associate dean of Broyhili school By Christopher Shaver Pilot staff writer McDonald’s land p^jch^e rumor just that By Leanna Mobley Special to The Pilot You may have heard the latest rumor about a McDonald’s com ing to Boiling Springs, but the outlook for that rumor becoming a “truemor” is slim. According to the buzz, someone purchased the Jiffy Lube on Main Street, near Communication Stud ies Hall, as the site for the fast-food restaurant. Boiling Springs Town Manager Zach Trogdon said he had heard nothing of any land purchases made for a McDonald’s. Employees at the Jiffy Lube had also heard about the McDonald’s rumor, but said the site wasn’t their shop. “We heard it was that car wash down the street,” one said. Deeds provide information about who has purchased land and the names of the current owners, so the Cleveland County Register of Deeds was the best hope for getting ^ ^ ^ ‘ I:'-- Photo by Tyler Kucifer The carwash off of mainstreet will be torn down and then a McDonalds will be built on top of it. an answer. The results of a search of the Jiffy Lube and car wash deeds were disappointing: Both pieces of land are still owned by those businesses. Sorry, Gardner-Webb. The ru mors aren’t true, at least for now. Students^ljti4.^ve to cross their fingers^" itj«es to hav er choice of re mg a greater choice of restaurants in town. “We definitely need more selec tions,” said student Porsha Russell, “but I would definitely want a Chik- Fil-A over a McDonald’s.” Even Trogdon wondered why the rumors were about McDon ald’s. “A good idea would be to sell Chik-Fil-A at the Kennel,” he said. The Broyhili School of Man agement’s faculty appointed Dr. Van Graham as the new associate dean Feb. 12. “I wasn’t expecting to get the position,” Graham said. The position was created after faculty realized the department was becoming too big for the dean. Dr. Anthony Negbenebor. Graham said Negbenebor couldn’t promote the department and still manage the day-to-day activities. Graham originally came in to teach law at the business school in 1999. Three years later, Graham was elected as a county prosecuting attorney in Wyoming. Despite liv ing so far away, he still taught a full load of online courses for Gardner- Webb. “1 lived in Wyoming for many years before 1 came to Gardner- Webb,” Graham said. In 2005 he came back as the di rector of undergraduate programs for the business department. “It's been a lot of work, but the faculty have been really encourag ing and have made it as easy as it can be,” Graham said.