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. lioHn \ 5 tip w w ‘ i dlirififWWMCMiiMMrnpsHitkt 'u Wl M 4ft Itl «R rnr xn «(>«>»« 4 IkfittlfettiiiiiViilBttiiaKl 111 V John Henry Moss Stadium Hom« Of the RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS BoWng Splines. North Csrotlna HOLLAND & HAMHiCK ARCHITECTS, RA. SHSLBY. NORTH CAROUNA Artist rendering courtesy of Holland & Hamrick Architects 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. '.V \ r. ^ . t • • • '•'! * • • 4 • v" V Ivf'-'