North Carolina Newspapers

    GARDNER-WEBB UNIVERSITY
April 8, 2009
.Volume 12 No. 12
Serving the Gardner-Webb University community for more than 60 years
This Edition
I In campus news-
The library now has
hot/cold beverage and
snack machines. See
p.2
Students in the Issues
in Science and Religion
class presented papers
at a conference about
evolution. See p. 2
The bew SGA presi
dent has plans for
change. See p. 2
College Rockz, a new
competition, will bring
together students from
along the East Coast.
See p. 2
■ Opinion/editorial'
How important are
school names? Blake
DuDonis explains. See
p. 3
Sean Barrett calls out
domestic violence. See
p. 3
' In sports-
The softball team took
a double header against
Coastal Carolina. See
p. 5
The track and field
team is still running
toward a successful
season. See p. 5
The men’s baseball
team comes up short in
latest matchup. See p. 5
The women’s tennis
team had a successful
senior night. See p. 5
Weather
Wednesday Thursday
April 8
High 63
Low 42
Partly
cloudy
April 9
High 73
Low 52
Sunny
Source: The Weather Channel
Index
Excitement
By Diana Palka
Pilot staff writer
and fun goal of 2009 spring formal
free of charge to GWU under- and activities. definitely exciting. That’s whai
The spring formal makes its
annual appearance at Gardner-
Webb on April 25 with a mas
querade theme. The dance is put
on by the Student Entertainment
Association/ Student Activities,
and will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
in the Lutz-Yelton Convocation
Center.
Tickets will be distributed
free of charge to GWU under
graduate students after Easter
break. Students are encour
aged to pick up tickets prior to
the dance to speed up the entry
process and to avoid waiting on
a long line. Each student is al
lowed to bring one guest. The
guest’s ticket will cost $10 and
must be purchased at the door.
Dress is “semi-formal or bet
ter” according to Karissa Weir,
director of student leadership
and activities.
Weir also mentioned that stu
dents will have the opportunity
to have a picture book made at
the dance.
“They’re kind of like an old
school movie reel,” she said.
Joseph Hamby, SEA chair, is
looking forward to the event.
“We are hoping to con
tinue to make formal an excit
ing event,” he said. “This year
the theme and decorations are
definitely exciting. That’s what
we are going for, just providing
an exciting and fun atmosphere
for student to celebrate a good
year.”
Senior Kelly Bridges, a
member of the track and field
team, has hopes for this year’s
spring formal to be memorable.
“I’m looking forward to see
ing my teammates all dressed up
for the very last time,” Bridges
said.
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The new baseball stadium, named after Carolina baseball legend John Henry Moss, will be on the same spot as the pres
ent baseball facility. The new one wili have private boxes, lights for night games, and seat 450 people in the stands.
‘Field of dreams’ coming to GWU
By Jacob Conley
Special to The Pilot
On March 26, Gardner-Webb Univer
sity rolled out the red carpet for John Henry
Moss and other baseball dignitaries to an
nounce plans for a new baseball facility on
campus.
“This is going to be a field of dreams,”
said Moss, whose name the stadium will
bear because of a substantial financial gift
from him.
“Gardner-Webb has a great record as
a Division 1 program, at almost 30 wins a
season, and that mandates a premier facility
that will put them at the same level as other
Division I programs.”
Moss, a Kings Mountain native, served
for 50 years as president of the South At
lantic League, which is the largest minor
league baseball circuit in the nation.
Its alumni include Hank Aaron, Willie
Stargell, Ty Cobb and Nolan Ryan.
The GWU community hopes that this
field of dreams will have the same effect as
the Hollywood film starring Kevin Costner,
as in “If you build it they will come.”
Because the current facility does not
have lights, the Bulldogs’ home games have
an afternoon start time. .
As a result, the Bulldogs only average
between 60 and 70 fans for weekday con
tests.
“1 can’t tell you how many people have
Photo by Tyler Kucifer
John Henry Moss speaks at the cer
emony unveiling the new baseball sta
dium.
come up to me over the years and told me
how much they would love to come to our
games, but they could not miss work,” said
GWU Athletic Director Chuck Burch
“Now thanks to the generosity of Mr.
John Henry Moss, more fans and the com
munity can come see the quality of compe
tition that our student athletes provide.”
The stadium will include seating for 450
patrons, not including the luxury and press
boxes, with room to expand by adding extra
seating.
Moss has high hopes for that.
“I want to see 5,000 people at a Gard
ner-Webb baseball game in the next few
years,” he said.
Construction has yet to begin on the sta
dium, which will be in the same location
as the current field, the prospect of the new
facility has already created a buzz among
players.
“UNC Coach Mike Fox has told us that
if we can get a good stadium, he would
come play us here,” said Bulldog reliever
Ben Campbell,
“It will be nice to be able to play the big
boys in our own back yard.”
Campbell may never get to play in the
new facility because more funding is need
ed, in addition to Moss’ substantial dona
tion, before ground can be broken for the
project.
“If I don’t get to play in the new stadi
um, that’s cool, too,” said Campbell. “It’s
something that I can come back to as an
alumni and be proud of.”
For now, the baseball team will play at
their current facility.
Thanks to John Henry Moss however,
the dream of playing on a GWU field under
the lights is one step closer to being real
ized.
Gardner-Webb Earth Day celebration near
By Christopher Shaver
Pilot stajf writer
Gardner-Webb is going
green next Tuesday through
Earth Day.
The celebration will kick off
during Dimensions, where ac
tivist Jonathan Merritt will talk
with students about sustainabil
ity and the environment,
“From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. we
will have booths on the quad
that will educate students, facul
ty and staff about Earth Day and
anything that revolves around
it,” Stephanie Bukoski said.
Bukoski, the development
assistant coordinator for the
GWU Service Learning and
Volunteer Program, is on the
panel for the Earth Day initia
tive.
She said the booths will be
set up by several academic de
partments and they will hand
out information about reducing
students’ carbon footprints and
other major issues.
Although Earth Day is of
ficially April 22, Bukoski said
faculty did not want to overload
students with a series of events
going on throughout the last
week of classes.
“They tried to pick a week
that would work for the campus
as well as the community,” Bu
koski said. “Personally, I think
it makes us more unique.”
Earth Day will also mark the
day that the Clean Water initia
tive will end. Bukoski started a
competition in March for stu
dents to raise enough money so
GWU can help build a well in
Africa.
The well is $3,000, but stu
dents have only raised about
$300 thus far.
“All money will go to the
Blood Water Mission,” Bukoski
said.
The Blood Water Mission
is a non-profit started by Chris
tian music band Jars of Clay.
Althougli this is not GWU’s
first time building a well in Af
rica, Bukoski said she thought
it would be nice to raise money
for another well.
“Hopefully it will be suc
cessful so we can continue to do
this in the future,” she said.
For more information about
Gardner-Webb’s Earth Day you
can visit; www.earthday.gard-
ner-webb.edu.
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