Wilmington Greeks are excited for fall pledge season

Joshua Shell Staff Writer In less than a week, Wilmington College Greeks will hold their annual fall pledge seasons. Since freshmen are not eligible to pledge, unless they have 12 hours of post-secondary credit, the new pledge classes should mostly consist of upperclassmen. However, the lack of difference in age does not phase chapter actives. Some newly initiated members have yet to see what goes into a successful traditional pledge season, but are still excited none-the-less. “I’m pumped” said Tyler Baker, a sophomore member of Gamma Phi Gamma. “This will…

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Bed bugs discovered in the commons

Mackenzie Potter Staff Writer The rumors were true – bed bugs took up temporary residence in the apartments in the Campus Commons. There was a case of bed bugs in the Commons two weeks ago, according to a campus-wide email from Sigrid Soloman, dean of students. Campus officials informed the students of the Sept. 16 extermination after an article on the bugs appeared in last Thursday’s edition of the Wilmington News Journal. This issue was taken seriously according to assistant dean of students for housing and residence life, Michael Allbright.…

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Bored much?

Sahe Wright Staff Writer Ever find yourself sitting in your dorm room watching reruns of “Good Times” because you’re bored and have nothing to do? Well the Activities Programming Board (APB) has something planned for you. APB is a Wilmington College student organization, committed to creating unique activities, lifetime experiences and lots of fun for the students of Wilmington College. For the past 29 years, APB has saved many students from the jaws of boredom with many activities such as exclusive field trips, talent shows, guest appearances, and video game tournaments. Last…

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WC to hold 16th annual Read-In

By Justin Starr Staff Writer Wednesday is the 16th annual Wilmington College Read-In to raise awareness of books that have been challenged or removed from school and public libraries. A challenged book is a book that someone thought was inappropriate and should be removed completely from the library. The event is a nod to the 1960’s sit-ins that fought for civil rights. “Kids all over the country live lives that they aren’t allowed to read about,” said Gloria Flaherty, an English professor at Wilmington College. The event is a protest…

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New coffee house opens on South Street

Megan McDonough Staff Writer For a college student rolling out of bed for an 8 a.m. class, searching for a place to study or relax, or just needing an evening pickup when cramming for finals, a good cup of coffee can be just what the doctor ordered. Wilmington College students now have a place where they can fill that subscription.  South Street Coffee House is located just off of campus, on the corner of Main and South streets.  The shop is filled with couches, armchairs, and the aroma of coffee.…

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WC student spends seven weeks in northern Ireland

These are the women who volunteered at Quaker Cottage this past summer. Marcum is on the far left. Kristina Marcum, a student at Wilmington College, spent seven weeks in Northern Ireland this past summer. This is her description of the experience. Quaker Cottage (Quakers) is a program that works with families in need. Some have been victims of the ‘Troubles,’ which are the violent or sometimes threatening acts occurring between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. Kids grow up in certain areas and do not mix with the ‘other side’. The schools…

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WC organizations can help local food kitchen

Megan McDonough Staff Writer If someone has driven by Sugartree Ministries anytime recently, one of the first things noticed is probably the bright blue sign outside that says, “We Need Food!” Sugartree Ministries is a multi-functioning Christian ministry in the heart of Wilmington.  It provides food in Our Father’s Kitchen, a soup kitchen and free store; offers church services; runs a coffee shop and hosts concerts.  Jeff Tewksbury, Sugartree’s assistant director, says that “the soup kitchen serves hot meals to 100-150 people a day and provides free groceries to 200-300…

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The Witness is reducing its environmental footprint

Toni Penwell Staff Writer Budgetary constraints may have been the catalyst for the transition of The Witness to a digital newspaper, but the residual benefits will make environmentalists applaud the move. “We noticed a decline in readership of the papers and the stacks of unread papers left on the racks,” said Corey Cockerill, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Advisor to The Witness. She stated that the communications department considered decreasing the number of printed issues, but ultimately, made the decision to “go digital.”  The reduction in cost for printing…

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Read & Seed program sprouting up on campus

By Mackenzie Potter Staff Writer Through a partnership with WC campus-based Grow Food Grow Hope, the local Read & Seed program is going places, literally. Read & Seed is a free program designed specifically for preschool children that takes place on the last Saturday of every month. During the event, children gather in various places on the Wilmington College campus, as well as in the classrooms of preschools throughout the community, where they are taught the importance of organic food growth through stories and hands-on activities. And this year, they’re…

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