Overcoming Failure: Baseball vs. Life


Baseball is a game of failure. It will also teach you many valuable lessons about life. Imagine failing at 70% of everything you do. How would you deal with it? Welcome to the life of a baseball player. In baseball, getting a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats is considered successful. In fact, so successful, numerous Major League Baseball players have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame at the end of their career for getting a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats (failing 70% of the time). However, baseball is not the only place failure is experienced. In life, there are many challenges, obstacles, and failures that we must overcome as well. There are many ways to deal with challenges and overcoming failure. No matter how you go about dealing with these challenges, there is one key component you must have, or develop to overcome these obstacles: Mental Toughness. Not only is mental toughness important in baseball; we need to be mentally tough in life too.

Checkout the interview below with Kyle Prats as we talk about overcoming failure in baseball and life through mental toughness:

Interview and written By: Erick Gaylord



On Saturday, April 18, 2015, in a conference game against Charleston Southern, Andrew Witczak gets the start on the mound for the Camels. He cruises through the first inning and goes back out for the second. With no runners on and one out, the second batter of the inning steps in the box. Andrew works the batter to a 1-1 count; steps back on the rubber to get the sign from the catcher for the next pitch. The catcher calls a fastball; Witczak nods his head up and down to confirm the sign. He starts his wind up towards home plate, as he throws the pitch, he felt something completely unorthodox happen in his arm as the balled flopped out of his hand and bounced on the ground. That was it! Little did he know, he would be out for the rest of the season with one of pitchers most feared injuries, Tommy John. Over the next eleven to twelve and a half months, Andrew would be on his “Road 2 Recovery.”


By: Erick Gaylord 


Happy Hump Day!

Today starts Fall Break! Please remember to drive safe while going home to see family and friends! Pine Burr Staff hope to see you back on Campus on Monday! Have a great break!! CU Soon! 45359284

TBT: Family Of the Year

This weekend is Campbell’s Family Weekend, which is a weekend where families can experience the atmosphere of campbell. Each year Campbell’s bookstore, Barnes and Noble, sponsors a family who they feel like represents the university well. Last year the Gilbert family was deemed 2015 Family of the Year.


“As we were finalizing admissions papers, we ran into Campbell University President Jerry Wallace on campus and were able to speak with him. He really made us feel like we were already at home. That’s when my parents truly fell in love with the school and the caring spirits of the staff here at Campbell University.”

Each year a new family is chosen, this weekend the 2015 family will be announced at the game on Saturday at 6pm. Please remember to come attend and support you Campbell football team!!

Written by: Rachael Wheeler

Q&A with Campbell Faces

Junior, Jenny Hegarty, is a Marketing major and an Psychology minor from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. Read this article to learn more about Jenny’s way of using her talents to show Campbell Pride.


“I think it is so important to try new things without letting the fear of failure control your decision making process”

Q: What is an interesting fact about you?

I’ve taken a camp with the Radio City Rockettes, and had the opportunity to dance in the Radio City Music Hall for a week when I was in high school! It was such a life­changing experience that I will never forget!

Q: What activities do you participate in?

I am a Resident Assistant (RA) in Hedgpeth Hall, as well as a member of the Campbell University Dance Team, the Christian Business Initiative Club, and the Marketing Club!

Q: As a new member of the Campbell Dance Team, why do you choose to show your school spirit through dancing?

My favorite part of dancing is that it takes me away from everything else in my world. When I am dancing and moving, I feel so free from the expectations of school and other stresses in my life. When I dance, I feel like the purest, most joyful form of myself. It’s a very addictive feeling. I have never felt so much pride for my school until I saw the fans at the first game. It made all of the hard work worth it when I saw the fans engaging in our band dances and cheering on the Camels. It’s a great feeling to see people waving at you and taking your picture because its a special moment to me as well as my peers.

Q:Why did you choose your major? What are your plans for after graduation?

I eventually would like to open up my own dance studio, and to do that, I need to learn how to run my own business. Creative people are often so good at choreographing and absorbed in teaching that they have no knowledge of how to manage money, advertise, or run a business efficiently. I’m hoping that as a Marketing major, I will learn how to market myself and my future studio while gaining a general knowledge of accounting, business law, and communications in addition. I’m also minoring in Psychology so I can attempt to learn as much about common developmental patterns of the aged children I will be teaching in my classes.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to Campbell students, both current and future, what would it be?

If I could give anyone advice who is coming to Campbell, my biggest thing I like to talk to other people about is using every experience to build yourself into a strong person. I try to encourage my residents to get out of their comfort zones and do things that excite them in life. I think it is so important to try new things without letting the fear of failure control your decision making process. Each time you fall does not make you into the person that you will become, but how you get up shapes who you are. College is a time where there is lots of falling because everything is new and unfamiliar, but we really decide who we are when we choose how we are going to get up when we find ourselves in tough situations.  Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!

By: Destiny Goins

Watch Me- Dancing

With tomorrow being Beach in the Creek, a time to come out to Academic Circle and have fun dancing with your friends, we thought everyone should freshen up on their dance moves.  In particular, The Whip and the Nae Nae, which was a popular dance this past summer. Here is the video that was made.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the video! Enjoy more dancing at Beach in the Creek on Friday August 28th!

Video By: Hannah Gooding

Party in the Park Video

Did you come out to the Party in the Park on Friday August 21, 2015? Check out this video and see if you can spot yourself!  If you missed the event, watch the recap to see what went down.

Video By: Hannah Gooding