Ariane Patterson

One of the hardest things in life is to experience the death of a loved one. Whether they are young or old it is always someone who takes it the hardest.

Last year, Ariane Patterson was a Junior here at Gardner-Webb University. She was a fun spirit. She was nice, kind, and truly lived up to the standards of being a christian.

Her unexpected death hit the students at Gardner-webb hard.

It is always hard to cope in the event of someone’s death, even when you don’t know them.

This year, an Ariane memorial sevice was organized. The service included songs from the Acapella group, Gospel choir, dance teams, and spoken word.

All of these performances were ways to show Ariane’s personality. Through hip hop, dance and music, Ariane was definately displayed well.

Even though someone passes away, they should not be forgotten. Gardner-Webb definitely honored that.

It is just really nice to see a group of students who will come together to remember a special person who made a special impact on the campus.

Even though she is gone, she is definitely missed. However, we are all happy they we know she went to Heaven. Congratulations girl!!!

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Popular

One of the things I appreciate a lot about Gardner-Webb is that it helped me with a major spiritual growth. It has just helped shape me and keeps me pushing to be the man of God that I want to be.

One of the ways I use my gifts is through music. God had blessed me with a talent, and I just like to use it for him.

Gardner-Webb has helped me grow, network, and further expose that talent.

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With that being said, this is my new song Popular.

There are a lot of insecurities that people have. One of the biggest I feel is for a person to be accepted or looked at as cool into others eyes.

Naturally no one wants to be looked at as “lame” or whatever the case may be. But there comes a point where you realize to take pride and joy in the person that God made you, and that there comes a time when everything comes to past and fades away.

You aren’t going to be on this Earth for a long time. Don’t waste it living for acceptance. Why not spend it helping others accept themselves for the one who accepted you?

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How did you spend your break?

Most of the time when someone hears about going on a break, you think of being away from school, staff, and maybe even school friends. A chance to just go out and have some fun being ultra lazy and soaking in the day.

However, when I thought about this spring break, I thought it was a good opportunity to do something that I have not done before. Maybe spend a break with the intent of it NOT being luxurious to learn a thing or two….so did some friends.

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We attended a trip called “Off the Grid”

What is Off the Grid you may ask…well I may answer.

This was a trip created by Community Engagement’s Stephanie Richey Capps. We went to her aunt and uncle’s house, which was kind of in the middle of nowhere, near Winston Salem.

The purpose of the trip was to experience different views of living (thats what I gathered anyway).

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Her aunt and uncle’s house was pretty much a cabin built decades ago. They had a farm type feel where they had chickens, roosters, horses, and cattle. They grew and produced their own food.

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In the house there was no electricty. They used a well to pump water, and they heated their stove with fire wood. To be honest though, it was pretty cool.

We got to experience making HOME MADE bread from SCRATCH. We also made homemade fresh butter straight from the cows…that we milked about 45 minutes prior, to put on the bread.

I got to do so many things I have never done before. I went fishing. I milked a cow. I had my first ever s’more.  I ate rabbit and deer, told camp fire stories, slept outside in a tent…IT WAS AWESOME!!!

We even made a cake in celebration of Stephanie with some inside jokes about the title “Off the Grip”

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I think the best part was just overall hearing the stories from everyone. I got to know people on a whole different level. I learned a lot about my friends and also about myself. Things I would do, and wouldn’t do.

I definitely am one for having fun. However, spending my break learning a new side to myself, and just a different view point of my life was just absolutely priceless

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What is Urine Town?

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For those of you who may not know, The Gardner-Webb University theater just completed the five day production of Urinetown. Naturally the name of the play seems to drive people away, but honestly it is not as bad as it seems.

The plot of the play is simple. After a dramatic drought and water shortage, a town now controlled by the government has issued regulations, creating a fee to pee. Yes, a fee to pee. Whenever you have to use the restroom. It cost money…or else.

The cast has lots of “toilet humor” and is a major satire poking fun of the government. The main leads are JJ Ponton, Brittany Infranco, Justin Humphries, and more.

As a long time Theater major, it has been my honor to be able to get on stage and perform as much as  I have. This is my last show and I am hoping that it goes out with a bang.

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Tellin myself

The whole night was really fun. it was fun becasue I had a few friends who I enjoy performing and doing stuff with. It was fun because my friends were there watching. It was just fun because I got to share.

The first song I did was called “Tellin myself”. I think that this one was the best and is I think my favorite piece. It kind of shows the struggle that some one goes through before fully accepting Christ. I feel like a lot of people went through it and I’m not the only one.  but sometimes it just feels like it…

“I almost said it
I might as well let go
But every time I try to
I know it’s you who’s pulling me back
I don’t know why though
I’m just not like you
I’m made in his image
But honestly I don’t think that he finished
And he said

Baby, I gave you my only son
To say I love you no matter what you’ve done
But you must believe I’ll catch you when you fall
Only to let go if I can’t have your all
I want it all
I’m just sayin I ain’t no angel
How come I could never be faithful
I’m just sayin I ain’t no angel
Point to the sky if you want your halo
Point to the sky if you want your halo
Point to the sky if you want your 
Hay- lonely
I’m mr lonely
I have nobody
I’m on my own

I know you say your with me
Why do I feel so all alone
Father can you hear me
I can’t do this on my own
I really wanna change for you
But when I change I take it back
I feel so worthless
And then you say

Baby, I gave you my only son
To say I love you no matter what you’ve done
But you must believe I’ll catch you when you fall
Only to let go if I can’t have your all
I want it all
I’m just sayin I you can do better
Yes you can, i know, I made you
But you keep sayin you ain’t no angel
My mistake, I thought I knew you
My mistake, I thought I knew you
My mistake, I thought I knew you

I think I’m addicted to daily sinning and falling short of commitment
My life is full of repenting from sinning and inconsistencies 
Get me before he gets me, I’m slipping ever to quickly
From the hand that was pulling me, through trials above and Be-
Yond it but i’m honestly honored that I’m forgiven
I’ve given you songs I’ve written and though it’s for you I’m spittin
I’m spittin in your vicinity, In your face more specifically 
Thought he couldn’t get to me, the devil got the best of me
Now I’m looking weak tryna keep my integrity
Weak plus insecure not a good recipe 
I feel arrested I wrestle sin but sin just out wrestles me
Even through my day to day I wish I had the faith to say
PLEASE, I’ll put these demons on freeze
Gas tank full of faith never on “E”
But if the topic is light load yall never told me
Cuz yall got monkeys on yall backs…the devil is on me
He pullin and he tuggin me tryna keep me up under
I’m tellin myself no budging…BUMP IT I’d rather struggle
Than trouble over these bundles of water over my head
Current, currently talking to tides wanting me dead
But instead of persevering I’m fearing that I’mma sink anyway
So acquainted with sinking I could be one with the waves
Tides tugging tears making me cry more
Whispering if we ain’t sin then what did jesus die for?
WOW. I can’t believe I’m contemplating
It’s wrong for them to say I’m twice as bad to just repeat it
I think it’s safe to say I didn’t always think this way but
It’s funny how your thinking gets to changing when your sinking
These sharks are smiling at me, but I know it’s only cuz they wanna eat me
I see a sea of lights boats that never seems to reach me
So I hope I stay afloat while I drift in the abyss with these bottom dwellers
Knowing that My God will tell me…

Baby, I gave you my only son
To say I love you no matter what you’ve done
But you must believe I’ll catch you when you fall
Only to let go if I can’t have your all
I want it all
I’m just sayin I ain’t no angel
I’m just saying you can do better
How come I could never be faithful
Yes you can I know I made you
I’m just sayin I ain’t no angel
But you keep saying you ain’t no angel
My mistake…I thought I knew you
I’m so glad you’ll never leave me
Depart from me
I never knew you”…

 

 

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Hello World

This is the second song we did for Battle of the bands, this one dealed a lot with insecurities and those who feel like the world is out to get them. I used to have a lot of insecurities. I was always easily offended about what someone said about me. After a while I grew up in God. I was confident enough to over come what they said, and even comfortable enough to write a few songs about it…

CC, Chorus

Hello world I hope your listening

Cuz I got something here to say

All these years that you’ve been with me

You tried to still my joy away

But I’ve been called here to be great

No matter what your eyes can see

So before He comes to break the clouds

You better look out for me

You better look out for me

 

Me, Verse

Hello world, you named me Miss Insecure

It’s  Mrs. Not ,Miss, I’m married to the verb

It’s listed as an adjective but only if you knew

My state of mind states being myself as selfish, so I sell this

Image of me as a prostitute but they smell that

Something’s kinda fishy like shell fish

She’s only pretending, she’s not this committed

The devil starts to laugh and I start to laugh with him

But no kidding, these people still laugh, But these jokes I don’t get’em

I hope that they stop with this giggling

I’m so insecure, so much that it’s true

If they start to laugh, I’ll probably laugh too

This is not really me it’s an Actress

All these stunts that I’m pullin off I think I could beat Jackie

Cuz when your yellin Action my Acting is official

They got me typed cast, I didn’t have to audition

But this actress I’m playing, I embarrass myself

I’m sick and tried, of getting into character

But since I’m out of myself, I’m not me, then I’m self-less

Not fully committed to myself so I’m self…ish

And though insecure is defined as a state of being

Or a description of one’s self, I changed the meaning

Cuz that’s not who I’m called here to be,

Myself fully true

It’s not who I am

It’s just what I do

 

CC, Chorus

Hello world I hope your listening

Cuz I got something here to say

All these years that you’ve been with me

You tried to still my joy away

But I’ve been called here to be great

No matter what your eyes can see

So before He comes to break the clouds

You better look out for me

You better look out for me

 

Me, Verse 2

Hello world, you named me Mr. Un accepted

Mr. too neglected for me to be respected

Now the smile on my face hangs like a necklace

Couldn’t even apply before I heard the words “rejected”

I try hard not to let the world get to me

But these tears that I cry take away my energy

Guess the world likes the sound of pain when it’s hitting me

Music to your ears, I never like your symphonies

And I was told that men aren’t supposed to cry well I’m sorry

My tears are heavy and to hold them is the hardest

So I guess it took the book of John to let me know

That even Jesus wept, so I had to let them flow

But that don’t make these Yolks over easy

They still take my friends and family like I don’t need them

Like I’m supposed to hug a portrait of their faces

the devil steals my people like the yankees stealing bases

Good friends are hard to find, Family, I can’t replace them

I guess that’s why my joy is so evasive

So excuse me if your cruising by but you don’t catch my wave

This world is such a trip, but I could never get away

I need to speak to my line leader

I trust you but can’t see front of the line either

All I know is that there is heads behind mine

But nothing In my front, Where’s the rest of my line?

But I’ll still trust you anyway

Even if I saw the last of my sunny days

I guess down here, ya can’t win

Cuz I would’ve been taken my life if it wasn’t a sin

 

CC, Chorus

Hello world I hope your listening

Cuz I got something here to say

All these years that you’ve been with me

You tried to still my joy away

But I’ve been called here to be great

No matter what your eyes can see

So before He comes to break the clouds

You better look out for me

You better look out

Cuz I’m stronger, I’m wiser, I’m better than I’ve really ever been

Yes I cried but, I’m much better now

You’ll never see these tears again

All because this joy I’ve found, nothing you say can bring me down

So as long as I’m here,  I might as well yell it

You said I’m a burden but he said I’m worth it

I was worth it

I am worth it

Ooh ooh. You better look out for me

 

Me, Verse

Hello world, It’s Mr. and Mrs just never good enough

Even when we tried to get sharp, never made the cut

Pointless like a broken number 2, no eraser

Never good enough for the world , come replace us

You looked in our face and yelled, We don’t get you

Then you put up barriers that we could never get through

So excuse me If you sneeze but I don’t ask God to bless you

I’m still bitter from winning least likely to be successful

This world sucks to the point that she bruises

Cuz even though I know I’m a winner, I still feel like I’m loosing

That’s demeaning

I went over the top, but you still said I’m under achieving

And I started to believe it, Til I stopped all my wheezing

Had to take a quick breathe, went in on a breather

Had to question my meaning, Am I here for a reason

Only God above me, Who in this world am I pleasing

For years it was the world, I’m not proud of it

You were the biggest box on the checklist, time to think outside of it

Left rock bottom quick, Mr. it’s a new day

Vision was blurry now I only see in Blu Ray

Goin places now, there is a pep in my step

Chess Versus my priorities but got’em all in check

Reality check against the old me that you stepped on

So done with that, broke it off like a press-on

Now I get to laugh on the things i used to stress on

I’m much smarter now, I think I should take a test on it

Cuz darnit I still remember Like it was yesterday

Can’t forget that you would bet, I wouldn’t see another day

But now your broke because I’m living son

It’s not like we were dealt a bad hand, you just forgot to give us one

But despite the score, we’re still winning

You even tried to squash our dreams, They’re still kickin

And you say that we’re the jokes, cuz you giggled at our bad past

HA. I’m God’s champion, let’s see who gets the last laugh

 

CC, Chorus

Hello world I hope your listening

Cuz I got something here to say

All these years that you’ve been with me

You tried to still my joy away

But I’ve been called here to be great

No matter what your eyes can see

So before He comes to break the clouds

You better look out for me

You better look out

I’m better

Cuz He told  me

I was worth it

I’m worth all

 

Oooh Oooh wooo….etc


 

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Let my people go

There are a lot of role models in the world. Some really good and some really bad. I believe not all, but most of these rappers out here now-a-days are out for themselves. They speak to our youth about the wrong things and have them all following pretty much a dead end. As a christian, I believe we should be using our talents for the glory of God…this song addresses such issues.

“Let my people go
Let my people go

Lamborghini mercy my flesh is so thirsty
really need to quench it but this wordly irks me.
really it aint worth it what they tell me that I’m worthless
If I don’t buy their wordly sprite but I must obey my thirst if
I don’t want to be rejected I don’t want to be neglected
application for the cool club still waiting for acceptance
but I guess that is still pending
Cuz they have not responded
so I guess that means I’m a chase that green and I will work the hardest
to be the only 1 in a yellow Lamborghini.
I’m stunting to hard I hope everybody sees me.
cuz if nobody sees me then that means I’m wasting time
And my time is on my mind. And my mind is on my money
And my money is in these cars in these riches are in my heart.
But if these riches own my heart
Then that means riches are my god
oh my god I need your help. I can’t do this by myself
I let this money take control
I think something’s got a hold of me.

CHORUS 2X
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my pee- ple go

I’m getting all these women at the same exact time
Might be funny all us rappers say the same exact line.
You think I’m lying okay that’s fine
no I don’t want to still shine
so if you are looking for identity then you can have mine.
I just listen to the world see that I don’t need a wife
So if you’re looking for your girl, just know I probably found her twice
Now ain’t that nice,I won’t commit
I’ll just peel that fruit and split
I’m just defiling all these women man this life is so legit
Cuz apparently I didn’t have my daddy there to teach me.
That I don’t need to learn my family matters from the TV
That says women are there to Mac so I don’t know how to act.
Faithful marriage what is that? True commitment that sounds whack
I think I would rather have all of my women in a stack.
If there is a bigger picture then this work and can’t draw for crap
I’m just drifting in the wind no opinion in my own head.
But that’s okay I just do whatever Simon says

CHORUS 2X
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my pee- ple go

Eanie meenie miney mo who is the next victim
The world collecting souls like piggy banks collecting nickels.
And I say I’m never with him til it’s time for him to pick ‘em
And he puts the pressure on and I tried to Michael Vick ‘em
But he get me when he tricked me in having all of the fame
And I can have all of these girls screaming my name
Now I don’t know where i am, my identity is misplaced
So I’m looking for myself hope to find a friendly face
Cuz if not I will find me a girl who’s the baddest
And spend money on her let her know that I’m established.
No example from my daddy lets to failure reputation
I could be better but I’d rather make a bad decision
And then blame somebody, else use the world as my scape goat.
Uncomfortable being responsible for my fate so.
I blatantly point the finger at the world’s first sinners
Instead of being the change I want to see in the world I’ll keep singing.

CHORUS 2X
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my people go
Let my people go
Let my let my pee- ple go”

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Inside the helmet

“It’s the greatest game ever played, ever made, it’s the greatest thing ever.”

Everyone- knows the game and everyone loves the game. But no one loves it more than Coach Casey Williams.

Casey is currently the assistant GA wide receiver’s coach and is over the Video department of the Gardner-webb university Runnin Bull Dawgs. He has been a big help to the staff of the football team since he joined this organization.

Growing up all the way on the complete other side of the country in California, it is not UN common to ask the question, how did you get here? What could have possibly motivated you to move fully across the country to the tiny little one-town stoplight of Boiling Springs?

North Carolina is easily thousands of miles away from California. The only justifiable reason is Casey’s overwhelming love for football. To completely go beyond your way, and your comfort zone all for the love of a sport really speaks wonders about a person.

Currently in his sixth year, Casey has put in tremendous efforts to help better this team. He puts in long hours at the office and completely devotes himself to the game. If there was a harder workingman in the field, be free to point him out.

Casey played four years of football in his day but he found it was a better opportunity to coach than to play. He got in touch with lots of coaches pulled a bunch of strings and he was in.

More opportunities for Casey arose as a city league requested him to come be the defensive coordinator for a freshman team at a high school. He quickly took over assistant defensive coordinator.

Only in his second year, Casey took control of both Special teams coordinator and Defensive coordinator positions. Continuing to strive for excellence he managed to lead his team to championship victory.

The year after that Casey was brought in once again to riverside community college as the video assistant. His second year he got put on salary and moved to offensive quality control video manager. Now at Gardner-webb University he is doing more than he was before.

Football is what Casey wants to do with his career. “It’s the greatest game ever played, ever made, it’s the greatest thing ever.” There are so many things you can use with this to improve people’s lives in terms of analogies. “It’s a twenty-four- seven chance to bring the gospel as well. Casey gets deep in talking about how well football can be used.

The best thing about this job is being able to help people’s lives in some way. He looks up to Tony Dungy and Herman Edwards in terms of how they approached the game. He likes getting to help people and to just make them better.

Casey used a term called being a “head coach.” Not the “head coach” but he e he says “A” head coach.  He wants to get in your head. He wants to challenge those around him and to just make them better as a team and a unit as a whole.

Casey gives an example of being able to help a child out by becoming a “father figure” for a moment. A child came up to Casey telling him how he had problems in school. The child did not have a father so Casey decided to go up to the school and talk to them about the child’s struggle with his subjects.

He says he really enjoys the games a lot but just building into people’s lives is just what he enjoys the most out of all of it.  He shows that it’s not always about football. It’s also about building a community and really helping others.

The downside is that the hours are long. There is not that much time to have a social life or personal time. Urban Myer recently signed a contract with his family that he would have to be in the house at a certain time because of the amount of his own time he put into his job.

Some people don’t realize that coaching is a twenty-four hour thing. It is not like a nine to five job where you put in some time and then do the rest of your work tomorrow. You have to be constantly aware of what everyone else is doing around you.

If you choose to make football a simple job then the competition will just eat you alive. There would be no chance for you to get better. There would be no chance for your team to progress and therefore not win any games.

One thing to wrap your head around is that College football is really complicated. However you must be able to take what you have in order to come out with the win, the win on and off the field. That is thinking outside the helmet.

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That Liberty game

I was very excited. Going in and out of the locker room I felt the intensity that everyone had. All of the players, all of the coaches,  that room was hype. Players getting ready getting pumped, gettin their gear on, they were ready.

Coach Pierce who works with the defensive backs, was giving a gripping pep talk to his players. I really thought that he was yelling at someone. I heard tears and screams and yells and I was like, oh no, what happened now. That was until the players all together started yelling back, and I knew they were getting pumped for the game.

They did their normal routines. Chants, getting the whole team fired up, but for some reason this day felt different. I felt like everyone on that bus and in that locker room just knew we were going to win this game.

The game starts. Gardner-webb scores points and handlles their assignments correctly and makes defensive stands and most importantly gets the ball in the End zone! I was very happy to be the camera man during this time. We were just dominating on both sides of the ball and just kept on scroring. The score at half time I believe was 28- 17. Then the second half started.

Mistakes after mistakes. The defense started to let up all of a sudden. Offense just stopped producing yards, they kept punting. Next thing I know The score is 42 to 35 Liberty. We even had the chance to tie the game, but we threw a pick! And just like that, the game was over. Liberty takes to knees to seal the deal.

Now, I am not going to just bash on the Bulldogs, but at the same time it’s sad. The first win of the season comepletely in our grasp and we let it go. What a crash landing.

At least we have these divers who decided to dive on the football feild before the game started to smile about…

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Hip Hop Violinist

Alright so we had the pleasure the other day to bring Svet to Gardner-Webb University. He is a hip hop violinist and he is actually pretty darn good. All he has is a laptop that plays background music and his violin. I walked into the tucker student center and saw a huge crowd gathered around him.
I was really impressed how well he could play. I came in a little skeptical…just cause. However he was really good. he also said he was on America’s Got Talent some years back…impressive.

We also have some who liked to support him by dancing to his music.

Mr. Corey Palmer, and Andrew Slesinger

Here is some footage.


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