The Pride welcomes home one of their own

The Greensboro Pride men’s soccer team welcomes Manbi Nyepon home. Nyepon, a native of the Greensboro area, attended Page High School before beginning his athletic career at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina.

After playing there for two years, he transferred to Greensboro College where he spent his final two collegiate years as the Pride’s starting goalkeeper. Nyepon still holds the current record for in-conference shutouts and clean sheets. He was elected to the all-conference teams both years he was a member of the Pride, leading his team to the conference finals his junior and senior year, winning in 2013.

After graduating, Nyepon stayed on with the Pride as assistant coach to former head coach Tony Falvino. He spent two consecutive years as an assistant coach before moving to Washington D.C., coaching a year at American University and eventually settling at George Washington University.

After his tenure in the nation’s capital, Nyepon returns to his alma mater, assuming the role of head coach following the exit of six-year head coach Tony Falvino. Falvino led the team to 3 regular-season titles (2015, 2018, 2021). In addition to those titles, he also won twice (2015, 2021) in his time here, and was elected USA South coach of the year in 2015. Following the conclusion of the 2021 spring season, Coach Falvino joined the Mercer University Bears, with Nyepon filling his place at GC, assisted by an alumni of the team, Camden Brooks.

“It feels good to be home.” said Nyepon. “This is my first season as a head coach, and we have got a good, responsible group of guys that I am excited to get to know. I think we have the chance to do something special, it just takes effort and trust in each other, and if we have those, I do not think there is anything that can stand in our way.”

According to the USA South coaches’ poll, the Pride is listed in third place to win the regular season, despite being the previous season’s champions. With players transferring, the change in coaching staff and a packed game schedule, the men’s Pride soccer team faces new obstacles. Now listed with 18 games, compared to the 12 played in the spring earlier this year, they look to defend their title and bring another championship home.

Returning senior Jordy Briceno who led the team in goals and assists this past year has given word he fully intends to end his college career on a high note. “We will be facing a much tougher scenario than last year, given that we have a new coach as well as a larger roster and more out of conference games,” said Briceno. “But nothing has ever stopped us from achieving what we want to when we put the work in.”  

In addition to the new coaching staff and recruits, the Pride is also presented with the chance to play night games, with the new flood lights that were recently installed. Bringing back the possibility for Friday night light games, many members are excited to take on opponents at home after a long year of empty stands due to Covid-19. As the men’s soccer team prepares for their first conference game, they will brave this new atmosphere.

New men’s soccer head coach Manbi Nyepon looks over his squad during one their first practices.
Photos courtesy of Alex Trepper

By Keita Ikenna-Gresham

Remembering 9/11

The date September 11, 2001 will forever live in the minds of Americans and forever be cemented in history. On that morning, 19 members of the radical Islamic terrorist coalition Al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and flew them to specially designated targets in the United States.

Within 20 minutes of each other, two of the airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, with both towers collapsing in quick succession shortly after. One hour later, another airplane hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The fourth aircraft, United Airlines Flight 93, with a planned target of either the White House or Camp David, crashed in a rural area near the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its crew and passengers rallied against their hijackers and attempted to regain control of the aircraft.

By the end of the day, according to the 9/11 article on the History website, a total of 2,996 people were dead in the largest foreign attack on United States soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. 2,763 were killed in New York City, including 400 firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and port authority employees. At the Pentagon, the result was 249 killed, along with the 44 passengers and crew of Flight 93.

September 11, 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the attack, which has become known simply as “9/11.” While most students currently attending Greensboro College were infants or young children on 9/11, there are faculty and staff still working at the college who were here on that day. They all tell different stories of where they were when they first heard and what their initial thoughts were. Even so, they all expressed feelings of shock, horror, fear, and uncertainty for the future.

Yet, the events of 9/11 also hit much closer to Greensboro than most know. As a stewardess aboard Flight 93, Sandy Waugh Bradshaw called the Gate City her home, having worked for United Airlines for 11 years. In a phone call with her husband, from the Flight 93 Friends website, Bradshaw explained that she had snuck into the plane’s galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water in preparation for the revolt, saying before hanging up, “Everyone’s running to first class. I’ve got to go.”

Recovered amongst the charred remains of the aircraft was Bradshaw’s flight handbook, severely burned by jet fuel. Today, that handbook has been preserved and is on display at the Greensboro History Museum.

According to the 9/11 Memorial website, for the anniversary, at the site the towers once stood, a commemoration was held where family members of the deceased read the names of those who were killed in the attack. It also included six minutes of silence at the times the planes struck the towers, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania. Along with this, there was a citywide commemoration at galleries and museums around New York City. At sundown, the memorial began its “Tribute of Light”, where two spotlights shone up into the sky at the spots where the towers stood.

The hope of these commemorations is to not only remember that terrible day. But to also rejuvenate a spirit of “9/12”, the day after the attack, where Americans came together in hope and compassion for what had happened in the aftermath. This is something that will hopefully be felt not only by New Yorkers, but throughout the nation. As President Bush said that night in a live broadcast, “These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

By Ethan Wilson

RA spotlight: senior spotlight

This issue’s spotlight is on Lauren Rodriguez. In addition to being a Greensboro College Resident Advisor, she has also been a member of the Greensboro College women’s soccer team for four years.

Rodriguez says she chose Greensboro College because it feels like “home,” and as a Resident Advisor she is certainly doing a great job making students feel welcomed and at home.

She said that when she first came to visit Greensboro College, “everyone welcomed me warmly and made me feel right at home.”

She has had quite a career with the women’s soccer team. Reflecting on her final year on the team, Rodriguez said:

“Soccer season was a difficult journey worth doing! With Covid affecting a lot of things, it didn’t stop us from working hard. We have worked so hard from the fall season and we were able to put all of our hard work to use when we played this spring. All of this led us to win a championship and I couldn’t be happier than to finish off my four year career with another championship in the books!”

Spartan/Pride Open Pantry helps students in need

Spartan Open Pantry started at College Place United Methodist Church in 2012, after a short time of being run from the office of Director of Wesley-Luther, Andrew Mails.

The Pantry is open to all Greensboro College and UNCG students and has meals on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

Kellie Thomas, a senior at UNCG, has been working at Spartan Open Pantry since September 2019. Thomas had been with the pantry only a few months when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

“COVID-19 has significantly changed the function of the SOP,” Thomas said. “We, like many organizations, had to adapt quickly in order to adopt new health and safety measures to protect our communities. This involved a little bit of trial and error. For a few weeks early in the pandemic, we distributed prepackaged bags to our neighbors from outside of the building in order to allow for social distancing and minimize surface contamination. However, we quickly realized that distributing food this way was both unsustainable and was not meeting our neighbors’ needs, so we moved back inside and began enforcing a mask requirement, social distancing protocols, and increased cleaning so that we could keep everyone safe while still getting students what they need.”

Spartan/Pride Open Pantry is always accepting both food and clothing donations and is located at College Place United Methodist Church at 509 Tate Street.

“If you want to support the food pantry, drop off nonperishable food items in the blue boxes around campus,” said Greensboro College Chaplain Robert Brewer

The pantry is open year-round for students and faculty of Greensboro College and UNCG who are dealing with food insecurity.

by George Knight