New year, new coach

The beginning of the 2021-2022 academic year for Greensboro College also marks the start of Meredith Mills’ first year as coach for the GC women’s softball team. Originally from Kernersville, North Carolina, Coach Mills attended NC Wesleyan, where she received a degree in psychology with a minor in English. She began coaching softball in New Bern, NC with a travel team, before returning to Wesleyan to coach their women’s team, where she stayed for five years.

Her decision to come to GC began when she received a phone call from Coach Tuders asking if she would be interested in taking over the softball team. After much consideration and discussion with mentors and family, she decided that this was simply an opportunity too good to pass up. She likes the fact that GC is a small, private college and prefers this over a larger school.

Currently, the team is conducting off-season workouts. In the short time she’s been at GC, Coach Mills is very happy to be working here and has enjoyed getting to know her players. She is very excited to get the season started and see’s much promise in the softball team, which consists of many returning players with a true “hunger” to win.

She says that they are already giving their workouts everything they have and hold an exuberant will to win. So far, there have been no injuries from workouts and no positive COVID cases on the team. The lessening restrictions will allow for more breathing room for games as compared to last year when restrictions were at their strictest.

Coach Mills feels that the team will be very successful in the upcoming season once they have everything in order and all of the kinks worked out, with the conference being very competitive. Especially anticipated will be games against GC’s softball rival teams of Pfeiffer, Averett, and NC Wesleyan. Coach Mills believes that the odds of those games will favor the Pride women.

All in all, Coach Mills is excited to see what the future holds for the team and is eager to be out on the field with her girls this spring. The woman’s softball season is to begin in January and their first game is February 19th at home against Ferrum College.

By Ethan Wilson

Sankofa Center block party

This semester has already been busy for the Sankofa Center, which just held Greensboro College’s first ever block party during homecoming! Along with all the other fun activities happening during this time, the Sankofa Center could not have missed the chance to show that we know how to support the Pride, and that’s what we did!

This year’s block party consisted of so much, including a live DJ who helped us engage the crowd with great music, food catered from GCs dining hall, games, including uno, black card revoked and cards against humanity, as well as a photo station with polaroids and scrapbooking, along with Greensboro College props. The block party also included free t-shirts and other prizes for participants.

Sankofa partnered with other organizations, departments and clubs around campus, having these groups host a table where they could talk about their organization or provide an activity. Some of the organizations invited from around campus were religious life, the Department of Housing and Residence Life, U.A.A.S., athletics and The Lyre. Many students, faculty, and friends stopped by to be a part of the fun.

Between 75-100 students came out to support the Sankofa Center. This event definitely helped in creating a diverse place on campus. For many students of color, having a place to be represented is important. So to have this event and to have so many students come out in support says a lot about how much of a difference the center is on Greensboro College’s campus.

The Sankofa Center block party was a huge success for everyone involved! As for the rest of the semester, the Sankofa Center has a ton more fun events in store. If you haven’t gotten a chance to come to one of the Sankofa Center’s events, our next event is patio Tuesday on Oct. 7th. Make sure to be there! You can also visit the Sankofa Center located on the first floor of the student center.

Jordan Thompson and Trevor Mason Photos courtesy of Destinee Allen
Dre’ Jackson and Tasha Myers, Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion and Interim Director of Retention
Jonathan Hall, Director of Student Engagment