Students find themselves in the Stegall pond

November 14, 2012 at 7:31am

Outdoor Recreation Class Canoeing in the Stegall pond.Outdoor Recreation Class Canoeing in the Stegall pond.


Pretend it's Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Wingate University. It's 9 a.m. and 38 degrees outside. Now, imagine you're about to canoe in Stegall Pond. "That sounds interesting" might be your response. Well, that was the response of most the students who did just that this morning in their Outdoor Recreation class. "I think this is going to be entertainment for everyone," said Karen Rowe.


Students seemed excited about canoeing in spite of the frigid weather. "It's a great way to start the day off" said Troy Press. Brian Mazhari added "It's definitely not something you do everyday at school." 


While watching students get in and out of the canoes was entertaining, the most amusing part was watching amateur paddlers try to avoid the obstacles of the pond. One group was paddling toward the water fall and professor Nick DeLangie shouted "Stay clear of the rapids!" A few groups paddled a little too close to the fountain and ended up being misted by a cold spray. "It was a cold and fun experience," said Bri Stevens. "It's a little misty around the fountain though." Jordan Phillips added "It was pretty simple, but fun. Definitely not what I expected to be doing on my Wednesday morning." 


While most students and spectators were laughing and enjoying themselves, some students were crossing things off their bucket list. "Canoeing in the pond has been on my bucket list ever since I came to Wingate," said senior Andrew Smith. Afterwards he added, "It was everything I thought it would be and more. Now, I feel ready to graduate."


by Rachel McCullough (Wingate University Senior - Communications Major)