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Eagle nickname flies at Wake Tech

Posted April 29, 2008

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— Wake Technical Community College athletic teams will be known as the Eagles, officials announced Tuesday.

The selection of a college nickname came after more than 1,700 votes were cast online in a weeklong election that ended last Friday.

Eagles was one of six nicknames competing in the final vote after students and faculty submitted almost 500 suggestions in recent weeks. The other finalists were Wildcats, Warriors, Wings, Sparks and Ventures.

Wake Tech's Student Government Association adopted the eagle as the school's mascot several years ago, but college officials wanted to ensure everyone on campus had a say in choosing the athletic teams' nickname.

The athletics program begins this fall with men's soccer, women's volleyball and men's and women's golf. Basketball will be added in the 2009-10 school year, followed by baseball and softball a year later.

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  • sst100 Apr 29, 2008

    It would be great if people did a little research before they posted comments about how this will cause "very high student activity fees" at community colleges. Community colleges often contract out with facilities now for PE classes and sport programs- they don't build dozens of basketball courts and maintain large aqua-centers for thousands of undergraduates. Adding sports will be a lean operation, compared to the upkeep and facility costs of new buildings. Community colleges struggle with building identity, since the population is a commuter one. Not only will the expense not be large, but it will add much to the school to allow students to cheer for their teams. Many community colleges already have basketball and volleyball teams around the state; some play the JV programs at 4 year schools.
    Before people knock community colleges, they should look into them a little more...

  • djofraleigh Apr 29, 2008

    Community Colleges have very low tuition, but they will come to have very HIGH STUDENT ACTIVITY FEES....keep the sports out of community college.

    Name three most learned professors at DUKE, UNC, or NCSU.

    Name the 3 best basketball players...

    Name the highest paid staff at Carolina or Duke. What do they teach?

    See, see what the emphasis is on at colleges...not learning, not teaching -- for where you put your riches, there is your heart, and sports don't even matter in reality.

    I just wish instead of football and basketball, the universities had competing CIRCUS ACTS.

  • rmgirl Apr 29, 2008

    Isn't the NCCU mascot an eagle?

  • Lissa13082 Apr 29, 2008

    Commentor5 - Why are you offended by an Eagle mascot?

  • Lissa13082 Apr 29, 2008

    They do need to come up with something more original than the Eagles - Enloe is the only Eagles I know!! :-) Enloe Eagles sound so much better than the Wake Tech Eagles!

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Apr 29, 2008

    I think this is a great idea. I did the first two years of my degree at a community college and I think it's a great way to get those core classes and save some money. The addition of sports will just enhance the experience. And lest anyone think otherwise, some of the classes at the cc were tougher than the ones I took at the university! Many of my cc teachers were Ph.D's and held us to university standards.

  • tarheelalum Apr 29, 2008

    I don't know where you're from...but many cc's have athletics. It's not at all uncommon. Wake Tech should have been competing long ago. This is great for them and will not only help the school attract more students, but also provide a great opportunity for local athletes to compete, provide more unity and school spirit for students, increased moral, positive and exciting entertainment for students, staff, and faculty...etc. etc. etc.

  • tarheelalum Apr 29, 2008

    wralblog...that's a stupid comment...I don't know where you're from...but many cc's have athletics. It's not at all uncommon. Wake Tech should have been competing long ago. This is great for them and will not only help the school attract more students, but also provide a great opportunity for local athletes to compete, provide more unity and school spirit for students, increased moral, positive and exciting entertainment for students, staff, and faculty...etc. etc. etc.

  • frankbad15 Apr 29, 2008

    This is not a stupid move, this will allow the student athlete that didn't get a scholarship to a four college, a chance to transfer later to a four year college. This happens all across the US, and its about time it happen here in Raleigh. A lot of major colleges look at two college athletes, to feel there rosters as a JR transfer.

  • pdl Apr 29, 2008

    This will be fine as long as the eagle doesn't have a lawyer.

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