North Carolina Newspapers

November 2007
Volume 47 Issue 2
By: Patrick Sheegog
Over this past summer while some stu
dents were working, some studying, and most
relaxing Perry Morris was planning. He wanted
to maximize the capabilities of the Student
Government Association, proving just what
well organized St. Andrews student leaders can
accomplish. Perry has succeeded in doing this
by creating events like the SGA lawn party that
happened earlier this semester and the much
larger and more daunting task of Knightfest.
Fortunately for Perry we were all on board and
excited to help him create these events for our
campus. Knightfest in its inception was an idea
that would bring together the Laurinburg Com
munity and act as a spirit-boosting home-com
ing for student athletes and non-athletes alike.
Personally I believe it was a huge Success in
accomplishing both those goals.
At the beginning of the day we had a 5k
fun run that was centered on charity fund rais
ing for a great cause. There was a large turn-out
from the St. Andrews Community as well as
staff and local citizens as well. While the run
finished up the inflatables were starting to come
to life and the rock wall was beginning to be
scaled by student-athletes that were hanging
around in a pink crowd of breast cancer aware
ness T-shirts near the fun run’s finish line. At
p.m. the coals were lit for the Grill-Off next to
Pate and the girls were warming up for their
upcoming game at p.m.
At game time we had the Pipe Band
march out our lady Knights while Alyson Tro-
vato and Patrick Hogan got peoples spirit going
with face painting. At half-time SGA gathered
students for a half-time shoot-off with Marcus
Gumbrect and Nick Stevens in the goal The
winner of the shoot-off was Haukur Olafsson
who received a gift card to Wal-Mart in ex
change for his sure shooting. The girls had an
exciting game with the final score being tied 2
-2 in a double overtime
While soccer went on our ladies vol
leyball team fought it out with Lee’s McCrae
and although putting forth a hard fight, ended
the game with less points. The Guy’s soccer
team came up next led out again by the Pipe
Band who continued their tune as the boys got
ready to conquer the day For the half-time
shoot out in the guy’s game Garrisson Burton
defended the goal but Carrie Brown got a ball
through and won herself a Wal-Mart gift card.
The game ended extremely well for our Knights
with a 6 - 0 shut out on Chowan
When the game ended at p.m. there was
a short break on the activities and then the Belk
main room opened up for the video game mad
ness that had three full projectors with Xbox
360’s playing Halo 3. Again there was great
turnout and students enjoyed themselves until
the party started below on Belk Patio.
DJ Kenny Hernandez started playing
some mixes until the crowd filled out and the
Hip Hop group Endless Mic started up their set
The group played on until 11 20 when we found
out that we had rocked out so hard that there
was a noise complaint filed on campus to the
Laurinburg Police. The party got the volume
turned down a bit and people hung out until
about a m chatting with the group and bringing
a successful close to the event.
Runners for the marathon. I’icture
courtesy of
Rooney Coffnian
^Tpin^a little fiirl
get ready to climh the wall. Photo
courtesy of Rooney Coffman
Caring for the ‘City of Music’
By: Maeghan Swann
The mission trip with the Christian
Student Union to Nashville, Tennessee was
an amazing experience in caring for the sick,
sheltering the homeless, visiting the lonely, en
couraging the children, and fellowshipping with
other brothers and sisters in Christ.
On Saturday we first worked with the
Dispensary of Hope. The purpose of D.H. is to
provide medicine to those who could not nor
mally afford it for little or no cost to the patient.
D.H. had received a donation of 42 palates con
taining calcium tablets, Pilates DVDs, and card
board display cases that would have otherwise
been deposited in a landfill. The volunteers’job
was to separate the three items into their respec
tive piles, box up the calcium and DVDs, and
recycle the cardboard. When finished, we had 2
palates full of calcium tablets
The founders of D.H. are seeking spon
sorship from hospital donations on the premise
that this organization will save the hospital
money by doing so. Each hospital around the
country loses over 3 million on average annu
ally to bad debt. A majority of this debt is ac
crued through patients coming to the emergency
room and receiving services for which they can
not pay. Many of the conditions treated in these
cases could be prevented through the admin
istration of the appropriate medication that the
patient can not afford.
The Dispensary of Hope is going to be a
wonderful program that will put a huge dent in
the health care problem our nation faces while
caring for those who need it most and looking
out for the environment. By the time I finished
volunteering I couldn’t help thinking that this is
how God’s plan is supposed to work: efficient
use of resources and ethical considerations be
ing as highly valued, if not more highly valued,
as economic ones.
Saturday evening found us out on the
main strip of Nashville with its down-home
music and cowboy hats. Two-thirds of the
lights pointed to honky-tonk bars that could be
seen through a haze of cigarette smoke. Walk
ing past their open doors invited one to join the
hustle and bustle that was somehow slow and
steady at the same time. Music thrummed out
of the bars to meet the musicians playing on the
streets. Horse carts received more right-of-way
than the resident cars with their high stepping
feet and gleaming buggies. However, I believe
Nashville sits on the sweet tea border since only
one out of the three restaurants we tried carried
authentic sweet tea.
The Sunday morning sun rose over our
group as we headed to our Habitat House. Six
hours of measuring, cutting, climbing, nailing,
and then repeating gave me an appreciation
for construction workers. There were multiple
houses going up along the length of the street
with the sounds of buzz saws, hammers, and
shouting supervisors. Everyone I worked with
had a contagious enthusiasm for the work they
were doing The older couple the house was
going to even pitched in by picking up the bro
ken rock lying around the yard to make a stone
This family sought refuge in the United
States after the regime in Iraq threatened their
lives because two of their sons worked for the
U.S. government. The couple still kept their
traditional garb, the man with his vest and loose
fitting pants and the woman in her head scarf
and billowy, shear dress. Exhaustion ruled the
end of the day but so did the satisfaction that
came with putting our caring into action for
someone different from ourselves.
It was nice to sleep in Monday morning
before jump starting the day by visiting with a
senior citizens’ group. We heard stories from
those who grew up on farms about the proper
way to wring a chicken’s neck and traded favor
ite recipes and sewing techniques. We discov
ered one 98-year-old man’s secret to longevity
was his ability to play the harmonica.
Although we Were sorry to leave and
they were disappointed to see us go, we left to
spend the afternoon working with the Preston
Taylor after school program. The program pro
vides a structured, faith-based environment for
40 to 60 first to fifth graders, most of whom live
in government housing, every weekday. Walk
ing in 1 was taken off guard by a second grade
boy who propelled himself into my arms. He
insisted on another hug a couple of times before
I could put him down to play elsewhere.
Then I met a fourth grade girl who
radiated frustration, had problems with author
ity, and had very little enthusiasm in her work.
However, by the time I was walking her home
she had warmed up to me and I even saw her
smile. I took a picture of her as a reminder to
keep this little girl in my prayers so that she
may one day learn to grasp everything God
wishes her to have.
Although the service experiences we
encountered were different in their nature and
function, the underlying principle of loving
one’s neighbor connected them to a Biblical
foundation. Jesus taught that the commandment
to love each other is second only to the com
mand to love the Lord Thank you to everyone
who made putting this love in action possible
and enjoyable.
Ncmn’ille group photo. ( ourtesy
of Jim lowing

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