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Outside the Bubble... First hurricane of the 2009 season strengthens Hurricane Bill, the first Hurricane of the 2009 Atlantic Ocean season, has strengthened into a powerful category 4 storm. Though still in its unpredictable stages, the storm is projected to stay at its high intensity and possibly reach the northeastern coastline in the next few days.

Obama encourages flexible sick leave to stop H1N1 virus In order to lessen the spread of the H1N1 virus, more commonly known as Swine Flu, the Obama administration is urging employers to be more flexible with sick leave days. Suggestions include encouraging telecommuting, staggering shift times and not allowing employees with flulike symptoms to come into work. The goal of this movement is to keep the disease from reaching epidemic levels.

Afghanistan to hold first democratic election in 30 years Aug. 20 is election day in Afghanistan. Over 30 Afghan citizens, both male and female from a variety of social classes, are in the running for president. The top three candidates are Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani. Worries abound about the outcome of the election. Many fear incumbent president Hamid Karzai will use his power to influence the outcome and possibly achieve reelction. In other news, Barack Obama recently announced the war in Afghanistan would continue until the Taliban were eliminated. Taliban leaders have said that the war will continue until all foreign troops have left the country.

Community loses debate legend right way to pep you up and just the right way to motivate you,” Lacy said. Ross K. Smith (’82), director of “The real defining moment for many debate and nationally-renowned of his best debaters was the second he debate coach, died this summer in let them know he believed in them. his home at the age of 54. Smith was Ross really was larger than life.” Smith was a giant in the world of an extraordinary teacher and leader, and was recognized twice as national debate: a nationally renowned coach debate coach of the year, in 1994 and and an innovator in his field. One example of the way in which 1998. Smith combined his love of Wake Smith impacted the field is the curForest and debate while a student of rent collaboration between the orgaboth. This love of the university and nizations of which the University is a the sport led Smith to the position of member: the National Debate Tourdebate coach, which he held for over nament (NDT) and Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA). two decades. Traditionally, the differing methodSmith was named the Wake Forest Director of Debate in 2007. During ology, rules and debate topics between the two organizahis time with tions prevented the university, schools from one Smith coached to pit their debattwo Wake Forest “The real defining moment for ers against schools teams to win many of his best debaters was from the other. national debates: Rather than try one in 1997 and the second he let them know he the other last year believed in them. Ross really was to engineer a complicated merger of in 2008. larger than life.” the two organizaJP Lacy, acting JP Lacy tions, Smith sugdirector of Acting director of debate gested a far more debate, worked elegant solution with Smith for in 1996. 10 years, eight He offered that of which as a full time coach on the university’s debate if NDT simply adopted CEDA’s debate topic, debaters would be able to team. Working with Smith for so many compete across organizations easily. It worked, and ever since college years has given Lacy more than ample grounds to admire him, according to debaters have been able to compete against any other debate team in the Lacy. “He often had just the right insight country. “He knew to look for debaters even to help you beat an argument, the By Adam Edwards | Contributing writer

smarter and harder working than him. He knew how to persuade people to be their best,” Lacy said of his former colleague. “He knew how to let competitors set goals and try to achieve them. He also knew that in the end, it wasn’t all about wins and losses, but the process.” While Smith may have loved debate for its own sake, he also maintained a “winning culture” at Wake, and constantly adapted his teaching and debating methods. “Ross challenged himself to keep

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improving year after year. He wasn’t set in his methods,” Lacy said. “He never had a “system” that he was satisfied with.” In the last several years, Smith began signing his e-mails with the tag, “Be the debater you want to see,” a paraphrase of Mahatma Ghandi’s famous expression, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” As a true student of debate, Smith lived these words exactly and provided a standard to which all debaters can aspire.

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and treatment has advanced so that embryonic cell carcinoma, the type of cancer Brian Piccolo The spring semester culminated in a long- died from, now has an 80 percent success rate of desired goal for a large portion of the under- being cured. Students involved with the cancer graduate population; students were able to drive are able to tour the Cancer Center each exceed the million-dollar donation mark for year. They also donate their time to volunteering the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund. in research labs or within outreach programs. Established by students in 1980, the Brian The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund is and was Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive totally student initiated is in memory of university and uses the whole campus Alum Brian Piccolo. Piccolo community in its effort to “The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund raise money for cancer played football for the university and led the nation in is an organization to which every treatment and research. student is connected. To break rushing and scoring during Several fundraising events the million-dollar mark has his senior season in 1964. were held throughout the been monumental for both our school year such as Hit the He is also remembered for his short career with the Bricks for Brian, the Chi campus and its history.” Chicago Bears before he Omega Auction, the Birdies Caleigh Jooste died of cancer at the age for Brian golf tournament, Class of 2009 of 26. Pump Up for Piccolo and During the first year of the Wake ‘N Shake dance the drive, $3,500 was raised. marathon. When the Donations and community money raised from those involvement have increased since then, and over events was added to the $921,000 raised in $80,000 was donated during the 2008-2009 previous years the students were able to exceed school year. one million dollars in total donations. It was The money raised goes directly to the Com- determined that the donations from last year’s prehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Medical research See Piccolo, Page A3

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Building construction and renovations are just the surface of the changes hitting the university this fall. DeDee DeLongpré Johnston joins the community as the first ever director of sustainability. This new proD e L o n g p r é gram aims to improve Johnston the physical and cultural nature of the campus by working on different ways of energy conservation and waste reduction, as

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Did you know in Winston-Salem a medical research group known as the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, located inside downtown’s Piedmont Triad Research Park, can grow enough cells to cover an entire football field in just 60 days? This group can also create a blood vessel from a patient’s cells and have it ready for replacement in as little as six weeks. It also was the first regenerative research group to successfully grow and transplant a bladder back in 1998. Winston-Salem and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are home to not only one of the leading regenerative research institutes in the nation, but also

to what will eventually be the largest urban medical research park in the country. By 2023, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center plans to have the Piedmont Triad Research Park in its entirety complete, making it 5.7 million gross square feet and 230 acres in and adjacent to Winston-Salem. Though the park may not be completely finished, this certainly has not stopped the progressive efforts of the WFIRM. It is a group of medical scientists and physicians from various fields study all over the world. Dr. Anthony Atala, chair of the department of urology, currently serves as the director of the group. Atala and his team have been

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Terrorists apprehended at French ski resort Spanish and French Police at a Ski Resort in Southern France seized three ETA terrorist suspects. ETA, which the United States and European Union recognize as a terrorist network, has been blamed for more than 800 deaths since its push for Basque independence turned violent in 1968. The group claims responsibility for the series of bombings across Spain this summer. The arrest of the three suspected men also led to the seizure of 220 pounds of explosive material.

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well as alternate means of transportations and dining alternatives. DeLongpré Johnston also wants to create opportunities for the Greek system and Student Government to collaborate in sustainability efforts and to encourage faculty members to integrate the hot topic into their curriculum. “We are very excited to welcome Dedee as our first director of sustainability,” Jim Alty, associate vice president for Facilities and Campus Services, said. “She brings a wealth of experience in sustainability as well as in working with community organizations to plan and promote sustainability initiatives. Under her guidance, we look forward to exploring many opportunities to transition Wake Forest into a more aware

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and responsible institution regarding environmental, economic and social issues.” DeLongpré Johnston joined the Wake Forest community after leaving Florida where she directed the Office of Sustainability at the University of Florida. She has served on the boards of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education as well as the Council of Sustainable Florida. With her 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, she was profiled as one of 10 “Innovators of the Year” in 2007 by Florida Trend magazine. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurial studies from the University of

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Olympic Torch replica delivered to the university by Lenovo A replica of the Olympic torch that made its way across China for the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games arrived at the university at 11 a.m. on Aug. 20 as the campus prepared for the opening of its fall semester. The torch was presented by computer maker Lenovo in recognition of the university’s longstanding commitment to innovative technology. Lenovo, designers of the 2008 Olympic torch, also supply ThinkPads to the university.

University’s theatre department announces season line up John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt will kick of the university theatre department’s 2009-2010 season on Sept.25. Other shows include Sonnets for an Old Century, which opens Oct. 30, The Threepenny Opera, which opens Feb. 19, and Moon Children, which opens April 9. Individual student tickets for each show will be available for $5, and student season subscriptions may be purchased for $15 beginning Sept. 8. For more information, visit the theatre department’s Web site at wfu.edu/ theatre.

University welcomes largest ever freshman class About 1,210 incoming freshman, from 44 states and 19 foreign countries, will arrive on campus tomorrow morning for the start of Orientation. A number of freshmen arrived earlier in the week to volunteer in Winston-Salem or to attend the Pre-School Conference at Camp Hanes. Others are taking part in a wilderness experience in the North Carolina mountains or on the North Carolina coast. And some freshmen are touring Vienna, Austria, and staying at the University’s Flow House.

Reynolda Gardens kicks off fall with bonsai demonstration Arthur Joura, curator of the bonsai collection at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, will present a demonstration and slide show on using native pine species as bonsai subjects, followed by a discussion on growing and training bonsai plants. Participants are invited to bring established specimens for Mr. Joura to critique. The event, hosted by Reynolda Gardens, will be held on campus in room 125 of Winston Hall, and is co-sponsored by the university’s department of biology.

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ervation to participate in the Mount Graham Sacred Run on July 23. Drawn to the natural world as a source of spiritual inspiration since childhood, Boyd felt that he had fallen By Caitlin Brooks | News editor out of touch with that spirituality in adultVietnam. Images of humid forests, hood. His initial trips U.S. military camps, falling bombs to San Carlos were and flying bullets, supplied by movies in part to regain that the likes of Forrest Gump, come to sense. mind. Through visits to A war never won, publicly protested the sacred mountain, by everyday Americans which fueled Mount Graham, and a major counter culture movement study on the focus in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, The Native Americans put Vietnam War and the communist on their relation to the state that sparked it are two of the Photo courtesy of Wake Forest News Service places they live rather only familiar concepts of this South than on the progresEastern Asian country for many Steve Boyd, chair of the religion department has spent years forging sion of time, Boyd said relationships with members of the San Carlos Apache Nation. Americans. he is making progress For 14 university undergrads, this toward that goal. notion changed drasti“I notice and think much more now cally during an annual about where I am, what is around me, study abroad trip to and the ways I am dependent on the Vietnam and Camearth for my physical growth and well bodia from July 20 to being,” Boyd said. August 15. It is this sense of the sacredness of The intensive acaplace that makes the issue of Mount demic program focused Graham so important and the run to on political economy it a matter of political importance. in a communist state Mount Graham was originally part and the foundations of of the San Carlos Reservation, but was entrepreneurship and separated from the reservation and heavily incorporated control of the peak has been given service into its goals. to the University of Arizona for an Among the highlights observatory. of the program were a Boyd says that as a result, the Apache service trip to a rural must apply for a permit from the village in Kien Giang, federal government to reach their as well as tours of hismost sacred site. To Boyd, the run is toric and cultural sites part cultural recovery, part spiritual in Vietnam and Camdiscipline and part legal action; a bodia. political statement against the conOlivia Boyce/Old Gold & Black strictions surrounding access to this For two of the trip’s participants, the des- Members of the study abroad trip to Vietnam spent some time reno- holy place. tination of the pro- vating an old school house and helping kids in rural Vietnam. The run, which covers 120 miles in gram held particular Arizona, is a team effort with each of personal significance. the sacred runners taking a quarter Junior Calli Nguyen was attracted mile at a time. to the program initially by his family. Boyd began his relaHis father served in the Vietnamese tionship with the San Navy and his father and mother both Carlos Apache some left the country in 1975, with the years ago through the result that Nguyen grew up without Feather and Stone ever meeting his father’s side of his exchange, a cultural extended family. exchange program Nguyen said that his mother and between the Apache father had frequently encouraged and the university to him to visit the country where promote mutual culthey grew up, but that as the trip tural understanding. approached his motivation became The program and more personal. Boyd’s personal “I had the desire to see the country experiences have led through my own eyes rather than my him to teach a First parents’ (eyes),” Nguyen said. Year Seminar titled For Nguyen, the most valuable “Seeing with a Native aspect of the experience was a deeper Eye: Possibilities for connection with his heritage. “When Mutual Respect and I got back to the United States, the Collaboration,” in first thing I told my parents was that which the class learns they had to teach me how to speak, about San Carlos, the read and write in Vietnamese,” he Apache people and Photo courtesy of Calli Nguyen said. other Native AmeriSenior Kyle Bridges came into the For junior Calli Nguyen, the trip held special significance. This was the can tribes. program from a different perspec- first time Nguyen ever met his father’s side of his extended family. Boyd, who contintive. Bridges traveled to the places ues to travel to San his father explored 40 years earlier as not need to be told by him.” true gratitude of the people of our help Carlos as much for a soldier. “Growing up, he (Bridges’ Bridges was also moved by the service to their community was a sight I will personal spiritual reasons as academic father) would talk about the war component of the program. The mun- never forget,” Bridges said. “We saw ones, has also forged powerful peras a whole but, understandably so, dane tasks group members performed, the humble beauty of the Vietnamese sonal relationships with members of never his own personal experiences,” including scraping and painting walls, people in its true form without a tour the community. Bridges said. laying cement and supplying school book.” “My circle of friends has been “For me, seeing the country where supplies to children, helped forge close Much closer to home but still worlds extended westward to include people my father was almost 40 years to the relationships within the group and apart, Steve Boyd, chair of the religion I would have never imagined knowdate filled in gaps to the story of my with members of the rural Vietnamese department, journeyed for the eighth ing, much less thinking of them as father’s life in perhaps ways that did village where they worked. “Seeing the time to the San Carlos Apache Res- family,” Boyd said.


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leading in fixing one of the nation’s biggest challenges: organ transplantation. “The need for organ transplants has doubled over the years and has become a medical crisis in our n a t i o n ,” Atala said. “This is where regenerative medAtala icine comes in.” At the moment, there are currently 200,000 people on a waiting list for some type of organ transplant. Aside from the many individuals in need of an organ replacement every year, today’s problems with transplantation also include organ shortages and tissue and organ rejection. As a way to remedy these major challenges, WFIRM plays a crucial role in developing safer, more efficient ways to procure and replace the necessary organs needed for a patient’s transplant. By using cells from the patient’s own regenerative healthy cells through a sample the size of a postage stamp, WFIRM can grow and expand the number of cells necessary for whatever organ being created. When a patient’s cell sample is

The only organs that have not not possible, it can obtain cells through three major types of fluid: been reproduced entirely are the embryonic, perinatal and adult heart, liver, nerve and pancreas. “These organs have a much bone marrow. “(The institute’s) preference is higher functionality and are to grow from the patient, but if therefore much more difficult not we can still use stem cells from to sufficiently reproduce,” Atala those three fluids to grow organs says. “We are still experimenting, though.” and tissues,” Atala said. Because these organs cannot be WFIRM does face a challenge with the cons of embryonic fluid fully reproduced yet, injection cell and adult bone marrow, though. therapy comes into play and can The pro of embryonic fluid is its potentially fix the damage done to high reproduction rate – it dou- the organ without having to fully bles in number every 36 hours; go through a surgical transplant. “We’re 15 years out and have however, because it is “wild and moved rather unchecked,” slowly, actuas Atala put “We’re 15 years out and have ally,” Atala it, it also has a high tumor moved rather slowly, actually. said. “We make potential. We make sure everything in sure everyAdult bone marrow has a the lab is done right before we thing in the lab go to the patient. Our motto is is done right lower tumor before we go potential but ‘premum non nocere;’ to the patient. a much slower first, do no harm.” Our motto is reproduction ‘Premum non rate, unlike Dr. Anthony Atala nocere;’ first, the rapidness Chair of Department of Urology do no harm.” of embryonic WFU Baptist Medical Center Much has fluid. been accomBecause of plished over these challenges, WFIRM and several the course of 15 years, and much of other regenerative groups across the group’s progress has occurred the country have seen success with over the past five years since amniotic fluid, i.e. perinatal fluid, WFIRM’s beginning at PTRP in from the placenta that surrounds 2004. For further information and/ a baby when it is born. This particular fluid does not or clips The Oprah Winfrey Show form tumors and can grow organs and 60 Minutes about WFIRM safe for any patient in need of a or PTRP, visit www.wfirm.org or www.ptrp.com. transplant.

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Southern California as well as an MBA with an emphasis in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. When asked why she decided to leave the Sunshine State to come to North Carolina, she said, “Wake Forest is an interesting place to build the sustainability program because of the scale of the school.” DeLongpré Johnston hopes to act as an interface for this program between the students and the university. Senior Cassie Freund, a member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), looks

Piccolo: Wake ‘N Shake puts research fund over the top at last Continued from Page A1 year students collected over Wake ‘N Shake was what pushed the fund over the million-dollar mark. Wake ‘N Shake has been held each year for the last four years. Students stay on their feet for twelve hours playing games, taking part in competitions, playing basketball and dodge ball and, of course, dancing. Participants listened to music from live bands as well as accounts from members of the community on their personal experiences with cancer. This ImagineHPbw

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toward Johnston’s appointment with optimism. “I think these new programs will really enhance the student experience, and I hope students take advantage of them,” Freund said. “It’s exciting because as a university, we have a chance to try some new initiatives and learn a lot about sustainability.” “I believe that the most powerful aspect of this program is critical thinking: inside and outside of the classroom in everyday life because education is learning how to think,” Johnston said. If any students are interested in helping out with this new program, Johnston has announced six student intern positions. To find out more about these openings, visit www.wfu.edu/sustainability.

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$35,000 in donations. Wake ‘N Shake was led by two co-chairs, senior Haley David and Caleigh Jooste (’09). “Throughout the day, we were overwhelmed by the excitement and dedication of the dancers,” David said. “As the final hour of the event counted down, we could feel the sense of accomplishment emanating from committee members and dancers alike. We could not be more proud of the tremendous efforts of those involved in this landmark event.”

“The Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund is an organization to which every student is connected,” Jooste said. “Each and every one of us has been affected by cancer and so we have been coming together as students for 29 years to fight against this terrible disease. “To break the million-dollar mark has been monumental for both our campus and its history. It is an exciting moment at Wake Forest because we are confident in the innovative and ground breaking research being conducted at the Comprehensive Cancer Center.”

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Construction means more growing pains ur campus is expanding and it is natural for us to experience some growing pains throughout the next couple of semesters. With the new freshman building will come fewer parking spaces and a lot of frustration. Construction has begun all over campus, and it is easily going to become a problem in all aspects of students’ lives this school year. The incoming freshman class is the largest accepted class in university history. The larger class size may be seen by some as a nuisance or drawback, but with more people comes variety, new perspectives and original ideas. A larger student body means more opportunities will emerge for new groups and activities to be formed on campus. As many upperclassmen fear, the new freshman dorm construction behind Collins dormitory means that parking spaces will be significantly harder to find in the morning than they have been in the past few years. Parking has become a major issue recently and it is going to get worse this year as the student body population continues to grow and the parking spot population continues to shrink. Parking prices are a frustration to many, especially for the quantity of parking spaces available. Commuter students have to pay the same price as on-campus students but commuter students have a harder time finding parking during the day because faculty also come onto campus. Commuter students may have to arrive earlier onto campus or they might have to adapt other methods of commuting to school such as carpooling with friends or riding their bikes. It won’t be easy but we are confident that the new executives will find a solution to this problem and several others that may arise during the year. There has been great communication between Student Government and the students and we hope it continues this way for the rest of the year. South Campus dormitories lost

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Quick Quotes ”We cannot keep up. When the economy is down etiquette training will always be up. They’re focusing on ‘What can I do to survive, I have to really up my game because the competition is keen.’ People I think are prepared to do whatever it takes to maintain their job and to have some sort of an edge immediately. ”

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epublicans, as well as an impressive number of independents and bluedog Democrats, are mad as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore. It seems like almost daily we hear of another town hall incident: an elderly man stands up for his beliefs; an average, middle-aged American woman reads off a powerful speech. On the one hand, I’m excited that people are starting to understand the repercussions of the proposed Senate and House bills for universal health care. On the other hand, I must say that I am mad as hell at these people. It was only recently that most people started to look at what’s on Obama’s platform. I can’t criticize Obama for not being forthright about his general intentions regarding the reform of health care. Anyone who bothered to visit BarackObama.com would know that he ran on the premise of expanding health care and yet during the election season there were no notable outbreaks of anger; there were no impressionable attempts to deter people from voting for him. An Aug. 13 Gallup poll revealed that 49 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Obama’s “handling of health care policy” whereas only 43 percent approved. Here’s where I’m confused: it’s not as if people didn’t give a damn about health care prior to the election. In fact, a Kaiser study conducted in February of last year determined that health care was the third most important issue for Americans in the upcoming election. Additionally, the study reported that only 31 percent of those polled across the political spectrum wished to see health care expanded to the uninsured. So, most people didn’t want expanded health care, and they thought this was an important issue, yet a lot of them voted for Obama. I guess that people didn’t think that Obama would actually follow through with his health care plan and, now that he has, these people have finally decided to become politically active. Many people were so eager to blame all of their problems on Former President George Bush and the Republican Party that they chose to distance themselves as far away from the party as possible. The media heavily encouraged this and nearly all news sources proclaimed

Obama as the clear and only rational choice for president. Well, it seems as though this fantasy is ending. Real Clear Politics, a web site that averages leftleaning and right-leaning polls, reveals that only 53 percent of people now approve of Obama (July 27-Aug. 15). The Rasmussen poll even reports that now only 47 percent approve of Obama (Aug 13-15). According to Gallup, Obama received a whopping 83 percent approval rate during his transition into the presidency (Jan. 9-11) only to fall to 54 percent (Aug. 13-15). This nearly thirty point drop in the polls indicates that the truth about Obama has come out, which is embarrassing to us as a nation because we should have seen this coming before anyone sat down to vote for him. I know that not everyone voted with health care as his or her main priority, as most were more concerned with the current recession; however, Obama’s overall poll numbers indicate that people are steadily disagreeing with his general approach to the presidency — not just health care but issues such as his attempts to revitalize the economy. The health care debate is simply the most glaring example of many people’s choice to remain politically uninformed or apathetic until the media is forced to expose it as a major issue. I’m not saying people who are in support of Obama’s health care plan are uninformed; my point is that the polls reveal more people are against the plan than for it and yet the election climate did not reflect this sentiment at all. It’s not as if I wanted to see huge riots on the streets prior to the election but I just wish there had been more energy behind Senator McCain’s more conservative approach to reforming health care. I am embarrassed to admit that the Democrats were far more involved in the past election than Republicans were. The Democrats secured important votes, most notably in the 18-25 age bracket, whereas Republicans seemed to make very little effort in winning over young voters. This health care crisis is partially the result of indifference and inaction. This shows that the Republican Party really needs to step it up in terms of appealing to a younger base and diversifying in general. I applaud our citizens in town halls for being patriotic enough to stand up to the president and state their opinions. I just wish this process had begun sooner. I hope that by the time the 2012 election rolls around, voters will have enough motivation to do their research before electing a president who doesn’t reflect their stances. Hannah Werthan is an English and History double major from Nashville, Tenn.

- Gloria Starr, Corporate Image, Etiquette and Communication Advisor from Charlotte, N.C., commented on the recent increase in charm school attendance by Americans wishing to gain an advantage in the most competitive job market since the Great Depression.

“” “The school told me he wasn’t feeling well. He was coughing continuously and he was very quiet. But two days later, I noticed his lips were swollen and got him to tell me what happened. He couldn’t eat for five days.” - Faridah Mat Zain, aunt of a 16-year-old Malaysian schoolboy who was forced to chain-smoke 42 cigarettes in two hours after an English teacher discovered a cigarette in the boy’s locker, expressed her concern for the boy’s health after a harsher consequence than the normal punishment of being whipped with a rattan cane was employed.

“” ” Students learn a lot about grammar, language and linguistics. You can study anything you want about ordinary language through the medium of slang.” - Pamela Munro, Linguistics Professor at University of California Los Angeles, discusses the debut of the newest edition of “UCLA Slang Dictionary” and how her light-hearted book can actually be a successful tool for reinforcing rules of grammar, linguistics and language.


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s the 2009-2010 school year begins, incoming freshmen may believe that they are entering a place where the political discussion will achieve a level they never before have experienced. I am most certain that fierce freshmen apologists for both the conservative and liberal positions are pounding at the gates, just waiting to sit down in their political science and history classes and expose all of us to their massive intellects. And sadly, the university system will exacerbate this unfortunate viewpoint held by the mass of academics in our society. I still remember with dismay my freshman political science class in which I received my textbook, Taking Sides in World Politics, which gave one conservative and one liberal position on a multitude of issues. It would seem that we, the citizens of a country founded on the idea that a man should always be suspicious of his government,

no longer debate why we should utilize the the “stimulus” plan which, by degrading the institution of government to achieve our currency we are forced to use, robs us of the very chosen ends, but merely how we should use this fortunes accumulated by the sweat of our brows. institution. Despite this lack of consent, very few have We are told not to question, but instead to been courageous enough to denounce our look to the debate going on within the ruling government as unjust. and intellectual classes, pick a side, and then When one thinks of government not as a hope that our democratic institutions sway benevolent authority but rather as a human in our favor. Any outside thought is labeled institution which has its own self-interest first “treasonous” or “conspiratorial.” and foremost in its mind, war looks less like Throughout the entire debate of left vs. right, national defense and more like mass murder; we forget to ask ourselves one simple question: fractional reserve banking less like an economic what is government? stimulus and more like fraud and theft on The simple answer is that government is a a massive scale, and government-sponsored monopoly on force. Government is the only education less like a societal good and more like institution that claims for indoctrination on behalf of itself the right to exercise the ruling and intellectual its verdicts via coercion, classes. I would contend that government beatings, executions, I would contend that mass murders and government as an institution as an institution created by man imprisonment. created by man has no has no inherent rights. GovernGovernment claims for inherent rights. Government ment is nothing if not an instituitself an inherent moral is nothing if not an right that no other person institution created by the tion created by the people to act is allowed to practice, that people to act as an agent to as an agent to protect the natural being the right to force protect the natural rights of rights of man — the right to use his man – the right to the use of those who disagree to obey, be imprisoned or be his body and the sweat of his body and the sweat of his brow. killed. brow. From where does And, if this truly is the government derive nature of government, I this right? The typical answer is that a just would contend that when government ceases government governs by the consent of its to be the protector of such rights and instead constituency. becomes their direct oppressor, it is both the However, a large portion of the American right and duty of those governed to deconstruct populace did not consent to the wars in this authority. Afghanistan and Iraq, the Federal Reserve’s This absolutely is possible, for it is not we monopoly on currency, the corporate welfare who need our government, but our government dished out to big businesses by our treasury, or which needs us. It is our government which

depends on its subjects as bodies to be sent overseas in countless foreign wars and labor to be exploited and rechanneled in thousands of government subsidy and tax programs. The idea of government of the people, by the people and for the people is non-existant in a country where one group uses the other as a means to its chosen ends, while claiming universal suffrage as some sort of excuse for justice. Democracy in America has become merely one more way for the ruling and intellectual classes to tighten their age-old symbiotic stranglehold on the rest of mankind, both groups simultaneously feeding off of and nourishing the other. The intellectuals assure us that we must have government to ensure that we have enough food and water, to fight poverty, to protect us from foreign invaders and to provide us with education. The rulers respond by granting to the intellectuals countless titles such as “Commissioner” or “Secretary” and distributing generous salaries with little or no accountability. It is time to leave the left/right paradigm in the past, and begin anew to examine the idea of what government is and whether we want or need such an institution involved in our lives. Despite all of the checks and balances and written restrictions inherent in our American system of government, it would seem that the institution continues to grow at a rate never before conceived of in human history. It is high time not to merely question how to use such an institution, but instead to question why it should exist, and how to go about substantially limiting or abolishing it. Elliot Engstrom is a French major from Matthews, N.C.

SG President welcomes new year Meghan Haenn

Several food service locations were also redone this summer for us. elcome back to The renovations in Shorty’s another school year! were completed in time for I hope you had a graduation, but most students safe and enjoyable summer. have not yet gone in to try out There has been so much the new menu. happening on campus The food court in Benson throughout the summer has been redone with several and consequently a lot of additions and a lighter look. information needs to shared Please take the time to try with you. out these new places and let us This year is unlike any know what you think. other in terms of weekend Aramark and Facilities worked events. Last spring, a group of really hard to cater to the administrators and students desires of students when they came together to develop remodeled. “Wake the Weekends” which Another food location has also will provide students with more been updated – The Magnolia options on Friday and Saturday Room. evenings. The room may look smaller Keep an eye out for the posters (because it is!), but it still seats that will be in every residence at least as many people as before hall. Your calendar is going to due to more efficient furniture. be filled with options of what On South Campus, you will to do and where to go. Even if notice a lot of work going on you think a certain event might in the area of the new freshman not be your dorm. thing, please The simple go ahead and truth of try it out! the matter I know it’s been hard for stuWith the is this — dents to locate social space support of the construction on or off campus in recent student body, is going on, many events so we can years, so I hope that we will could turn utilize these places and show expect noise into fantastic and some the school how important it opportunities problems. to relax from We will have is to have these locations. studying and some growing to create new pains, but the university end result will traditions. be worth it. Off campus, renovations The plans for the building are have taken place on Deacon gorgeous. Boulevard. The three new The major setback from this venues — Binky’s Burgers & project is the loss of parking Fries, The Last Resort and spaces. Goober’s 52—are open for Parking is going to be tight business. The food is great this year and students are going and all three provide a fun to experience frustration. atmosphere. We are working on the I know it’s been hard for problem as best we can, but it students to locate social space is not possible to easily solve a on or off campus in recent years, parking situation. so I hope that we will utilize Try to carpool, take the school these places and show the school shuttle to class or use the shuttle how important it is to have to go downtown at night, those locations. maybe even consider purchasing Obviously, it takes one quick a bicycle. look around campus to see that We need to work together to a lot has changed this summer. alleviate some of the congestion. The water tower was finally As always, please feel free to painted with the athletics reach me or anyone in Student logo, which is a nice touch as Government by e-mail, phone you drive onto campus from or in person. University Parkway. We are always open to your You’ll become aware of suggestions, criticisms and construction in the library praises. because we are relocating the We are here to serve you and Information Systems Help Desk want to make this the best year to the atrium area. the university has had in a long This change should be time! completed by the spring and will save students the long walk Meghan Haenn is a senior history to IS! major from Arnold, Md. Guest Columnist

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Morse: Senior goalkeeper Laura Morse talks about her expectations for the season, what she did this summer and the strangest thing she’s ever eaten. Page B2.

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FOOTBALL: 9/05 v. Baylor 9/12 v. Stanfrod 9/19 v. Elon WOMEN’S SOCCER: 8/21 v. High Point 8/23 @ UNC-Greensboro 8/26 v. UNC-Wilmington

MEN’S SOCCER: 8/22 v. Liberty (ex) 8/27 @ Furman (ex) 9/01 v. William & Mary CROSS COUNTRY: 9/01 ISU Pre-Nationals 9/04 Wake Forest Relays 9/18 Tenn. Invite MEN’S GOLF: 9/11 Carpet Classic 9/12 Carpet Classic 9/13 Carpet Classic VOLLEYBALL: 8/28 v. Charlotte 8/29 v. Furman 8/29 v. Jacksonville St. WOMEN’S GOLF: 9/08 Topy Cup 9/09 Topy Cup 9/10 Topy Cup

{ NATIONAL STAGE } 800-meter runner’s gender questioned South Africa’s track and field federation has been asked to conduct a gender test on an 800-meter runner due to concerns she does not meet the requirements to compete as a woman. Caster Semenya, 18, won the 800meter at the world championships with a dominating run. Semenya took the lead halfway through the race and won in a worldleading 1 minute, 55.45 seconds, beating defending champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya by 2.45 seconds. The World Track and Field Federation requested the gender test about three weeks ago, after Semenya burst onto the scene.

{ BY THE NUMBERS } days until the football season begins at BB&T field. number of points the football team averaged per game last season

By Joe Maugeri | Staff writer

2008 Season Recap Record: 8-5 (4-4 ACC) Bowl: Beat Navy in EagleBank Bowl 29-19 Key Losses: Aaron Curry, LB: It’s a big loss for any team when it loses its defensive anchor and team leader in tackles. Curry, who was awarded the Butkus Award for being the best linebacker in college football, was drafted fourth overall by the Seattle Seahawks. Alphonso Smith, CB: Smith led the Deacons in 2008 with seven interceptions and set an ACC record for most career interceptions with 21 picks during his tenure in Winston-Salem. Smith was selected 37th overall by the Denver Broncos. DJ Boldin, WR: Boldin was the go to receiver for the Deacons in 2008. He pulled in 55 more catches than any other player on the 2008 squad and averaged 65 receiving yards per game. Boldin signed a free agent contract with the Detroit Lions. Sam Swank, K/P: Rarely do kickers as clutch as Swank come along. Although he missed a good chunk of the 2008 season due to injury, Swank still finished his career as the football team’s alltime leading scorer with 337 points. Key Returners: Riley Skinner, Sr., QB: Skinner, who was named to the Manning Award watch list, has legitimate shot at smashing a number of ACC and school records this season. Skinner’s career completion percentage currently sits at a lofty .673. If he finishes the season with a career completion percentage of .670 or above, the ACC record for career completion percentage will be his. Skinner needs to attempt 282 passes, complete 27 of them, and throw for 1,416 yards and 11 touchdowns to own the school records in each of these categories. Boo Robinson, Sr., DT: Robinson earned a spot on the Bronko Nagurski watchlist during the off season and will be one of the key leaders for this year’s defensive squad. Robinson has tallied 11.5 sacks during his career as a Deacon. John Russell, Sr., DT: Russell will be tasked with pacing the defensive line this season. Russell recorded 38 tackles and four sacks during the 2008 season. Russell also forced two fumbles during 2008. Joe Birdsong, Sr., OT: Birdsong started all 13 games in 2008 at the left tackle position. In 2009, he has the important job of protecting Skinner’s blindside and opening up holes for Josh Adams and Brandon Pendergrass. Birdsong missed most of the Navy and Miami games, and it is no coincidence that the Deacon rushing attack struggled with his absence. Top Newcomers: Kevin Harris, Sr., RB: Harris isn’t exactly a newcomer to Deacon football. The red shirt senior has bounced around in the offensive backfield as both a fullback and tailback, but his explo-

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sive running ability was not realized until late last season when he led the Deacons with 136 rushing yards against Navy in the EagleBank bowl. Harris enters the 2009 season as a serious contender for the starting tailback spot. Josh Bush, Soph., CB: Bush played in all 13 games in 2008 as a red shirt freshman and saw time in the defensive backfield and on special teams. Bush showed great potential in 2008 when he recorded four tackles against Miami and against Duke. Bush is a contender to fill Alphonso Smith’s old position in the secondary. Cline Beam, Sr., K/P: How many teams can claim a national champion in men’s soccer as one of its assets? Beam, who enjoyed a career with the top-ranked men’s soccer team, joins the squad this fall as a walk-on kicker and punter. His abilities have quickly impressed the coaching staff, as he is a top contender for kicking duties this fall.

Matchups to Watch: Vs. N.C. State Oct. 3: A Deacon defense filled with fresh faces will be tasked with stopping N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson, one of the ACC’s most potent passers. A win against N.C. State will be key if the Deacons want to make a serious run in the Atlantic Division. At Georgia Tech Nov. 7: While this game does not have any Atlantic Division implications for the Deacons, the matchup against Georgia Tech in Atlanta will be one of the most interesting games of the season. The defensive line, which will be one of the best in ACC, will be going up against Paul Johnson’s dangerous flexbone option offense. Fortunately for the Deacons, Navy runs an identical offensive scheme and the Deacons will have played the Midshipmen three times since 2008 before their November showdown with the Yellow Jackets. Vs. Florida State Nov. 14: This late season battle against the Seminoles could go a long way in determining who comes out of the Atlantic Division. The Seminoles enter 2009 as the preseason favorite to take the Atlantic Divison, but the Deacons have the potential to surprise all of the pundits by making a huge run behind their 24 returning seniors. The Deacons have won three straight against Florida State and this year’s seniors can conquer the Seminole Nation by leaving the university undefeated against Florida State.

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{ DEAC OF THE WEEK } He may not be running for the Deacon track team any more, but Michael Bingham earns the honor for an impressive performance on the international stage. Bingham ran in the fastest heat of the 400m semifinals at the World Championships, turning in a personal-best time of 44.74 to advance to Bingham finals August 21. Bingham was in the first of three heats in the semifinals and found himself opposite former Olympic Champion Jeremy Wariner of the United States. With only the top two spots in each heat and the next two fastest times advancing, Bingham ran the fastest 400-meter race of his career to finish second behind Wariner. Bingham’s previous personal-best was 45.05.

{ SPORTS WORDS } “It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to be able to begin my professional career overseas ... I’m looking forward to getting over there and trying my best to earn a spot with the first team.” ~ Cody Arnoux

Enjoying the delight of the greatest game in the world By Steven Johns | Staff writer

Golf, an expensive sport that is not widely understood and played even less. It is a tough game which can drive you crazy, or make you the happiest person on the planet. While a round of golf may set you back in the money department or make you a little angry, it is still one of the best sports in the world. I have had the privilege of being able to play golf for most of my life. I have also had the privilege of playing golf around the nation, including some very nice courses. This summer has been the best golf summer of my life. Along with enjoying some of the most exclusive and famous golf courses in the nation, I have also gained a new appreciation for the sport that I had for too long taken for granted. The fantastic summer of golf started just as my final semester of freshman year was about to end. My hometown buddy, Thomas, came down to visit me and we headed out to find somewhere to play golf. While researching local courses we stumbled upon a course that had some notoriety. While not part of the PGA Tour rotation, Tanglewood golf course has been a part of the Champions Tour for many years. After coughing up $50 each, my friend and

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I embarked upon a round filled with great shots and terrible shots. While playing, I began to realize how lucky I am and my real appreciation of golf began to manifest. We were paired with some local players who only get to play once or twice a month. They were absolutely terrible and both shot scores well above 110, but they enjoyed every minute of the round. While Thomas and I were cursing at a hook left or a slice right, our playing partners hacked up the course without a single complaint. It was very enjoyable to watch a couple of people enjoy playing a game on the same course as hundreds of professionals play every year. My next stop on my summer of golf came at the end of the school year. My dad came down to North Carolina and we headed down to Pinehurst, the place of one of the most famous U.S Opens in the history of golf. In 1999 Payne Stewart played in what would ultimately be his last U.S Open. In an epic battle with Phil Mickelson, Stewart won at Pinehurst No. 2 with a long par put to win the U.S Open. The pose struck after the ball fell into the cup has been immortalized in golf history. Stewart will forever be remembered because of his classic victory and his untimely death at the end of 1999. Stewart’s plane lost cabin pressure and everyone inside was killed.

As I was standing on Pinehurst No. 2, I thought about Stewart, I thought about his epic victory and I thought about his untimely death. I realized how lucky I am to be able to play one of the most famous courses in America. I was playing golf with my dad on the same course as Stewart, Mickelson, Tiger Woods and so many other famous golfers. I realized how great it was to just spend time with my father, playing the game I love on the same course as Stewart, Mickelson, Tiger Woods and so many other famous golfers. At this point in the summer, I thought that life could not get any better, but then it did. In late August my dad came home from work and we had dinner. Just as we were about to eat, he said that we were going on a mini vacation to Pebble Beach. I was utterly perplexed. Pebble Beach is the most famous golf course in the United States and possibly in the world, and I was going to play. So my dad, brother and mother all drove down to Pebble Beach where we were met with the greatest weather conditions. We enjoyed sunshine, warm weather and great golf. We stood at the tee box of number seven and gazed over the ocean. After getting a par on seven, I moved over to eight where I stared over the cliff side onto a beach. At the end of the round, I aimed over the ocean and pounded a

drive into the fairway. And to top the round off we were greeted by clapping from the nearby crowds. It was the greatest round of golf ever, and I was able to spend it with my family. Right then I said “this summer cannot get any better.” But then it did. Just before I returned to school my dad again surprised my by telling me that we were going to Hilton Head to play the famous Harbor Town golf course. Another famous course, another great round, all with my family. After this final round of golf my appreciation was at its highest. Golf is a fantastic sport that is unique in every way. Golf is the only sport where a person as fat as John Daly and as skinny as me (6 feet, 132 pounds) can play well. Golf is the only sport where entire families can play together in exotic places. You cannot play football with your entire family, let alone on the coastline. You cannot play baseball on the beach or in the woods. Basketball is mainly played indoors. Finally, I realized golf is fun. It seems simple, but it took me all 19 years to do it. There is no reason to get angry or frustrated, because it doesn’t matter. Spending time with your family in some of the best locations in the world is as good as it can be. Golf is alone, golf is unique, golf is beautiful and golf is fun.


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Laura Morse Senior Laura Morse believes strongly in the women’s soccer team. As a leader on the team, Morse builds bonds both on and off the field with her teammates, giving them more confidence and will power as a team. Morse, a goalkeeper for the squad, often leads the team to victories by the way of shutouts or saves. Her hopes of making it far into the NCAA Tournament this year aren’t too far out there. She sat down with senior writer Allison Lange to answer some questions about soccer and life.

By Allison Lange | Senior writer What are your expectations for the team going into your senior year? I definitely have high expectations for the team this year, not only because it is my last year, but because we have a really solid group of talent combined with great leadership. Our senior class has a lot of experience on the field, so mixing that with some new talent in the freshmen as well as some returning players in the sophomores and juniors should make for a really great season. How do you hope to contribute as a senior leader on the team? I hope that as a senior I will contribute a lot in the leadership area. Our class takes a lot of pride in doing things together and leading this team together. We realize it is not individually our last year, but as a class, it’s our last chance to make an impact. We believe a lot in each other and if

we can get each and every player on board with that concept then that puts us a step ahead of a lot of teams out there. What’s your favorite class that you’ve taken at Wake so far, and with whom? Why? I’m an economics major, so I’ve liked a lot of my economics classes, but I think my favorite class thus far was Microeconomics I with Jake Brimlow. I really liked this class partially because I liked the subject matter but also because Professor Brimlow made the class very interactive while still teaching us a great deal every day. What’s your favorite game that you’ve played in? Why? The best game I have played in would have to be the game against Florida State my sophomore year. Florida State was ranked higher than us, it was senior night and we were at home. Somehow we pulled off the upset to win the game and I

Aminu selected as Wooden Award preseason candidate Sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu has been named a preseason candidate for the 2009-10 John R. Wooden Award, which is given annually to college basketball’s top player. The preseason list is comprised of 50 players. Last season, Jeff Teague was a chosen as a finalist for the Wooden Award. Demon Deacon All-American Tim Duncan won the Wooden Award in 1997. Aminu enters the 2009-10 season as the Deacons’ leading returning scorer and rebounder. He averaged 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds as a freshman. Aminu was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman Team.

just remember it being one of the best feelings ever to go out there and pull off that victory for the seniors who had contributed so much to our team. It was definitely an unforgettable game. What do you hope to be doing next year after graduation? After graduation I hope to travel some before settling down with a career. I’m not sure exactly what or where yet, but I would love to move out West for a little while and just experience living in a different part of the country since I am from North Carolina. What strengths do the freshmen bring to the team this year? They are all very skillful players and have all been working really hard so far. Not only that, but they bring a very competitive mentality that is always good to have on a team. Knowing that they are coming in ready to compete makes everyone

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else on the team realize that they must work even harder to earn a spot in the lineup. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? Frog legs or squirrel. It sounds really gross, but I’m from the country. What’s something interesting that you did this summer? This summer I actually was fortunate enough to be able to go on an international service trip through Wake to South Africa. We worked in a township called Kayamandi in Stellenbosch and were teaching a computer literacy program. Even though it was only a two week trip, it was an incredible experience. The country is beautiful and the people are so amiable and welcoming. I would love to go back someday when I have more time to spend ... hint, hint: graduation present of world cup tickets?

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Men’s soccer picked to finish fourth in ACC coach’s poll

Men’s golf team hires former Rollins College star golfer Dan Walters

The men’s soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the ACC in the 2009 ACC Men’s Soccer Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Deacs return four starters from the 2008 team that won the ACC regular season title and advanced to the NCAA College Cup for the third straight year. M.A.C. Hermann Trophy candidates Corben Bone and Ike Opara are returning to the Deacs’ starting lineup. UNC-Chapel Hill finished first in the poll with Virginia taking second and defending national champion Maryland rounding out the top three.

Wake Forest men’s golf coach Jerry Haas has added former Rollins College standout Dan Walters as the new assistant men’s golf coach at Wake Forest. Walters replaces Chris Yoder, who was hired as the assistant coach at Ohio State earlier this summer. Walters was a two-time PING first team All-American at Rollins where he averaged 72.77 shots per round and posted 16 top-15 finishes in 21 events with three victories over his final two years. In all, Walters recorded five collegiate victories and was a three-time Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar. He also won the 2006 Sunshine State Conference Championship and was named first team All-South Region.


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I know what you did this summer By Kara Peruccio | Staff writer

Summer 2009 has flown by and as students head back to the university, we’ll fondly remember this most memorable of summers. From the American League once again winning the All-Star game to the break-up of television’s favorite mother and father, Jon and Kate, the four months away from campus have certainly given students time for travel, work and lots of play. Six students share their summer stories along with their favorite movies and songs of summer. ADVENTURES IN THE DESERT For students living in the Northeast, this summer was filled with endless days of rain and brief glimpses of summer. But for Mary McGowan, a junior from Wilmington, Del., summer was filled with hot, hot heat. McGowan traveled with Reynolds Professor of Art Peter Brunette and six other university students to Fes, Morocco to study Intensive Arabic (the combination of Arabic 111 and 112) and Introduction to North African Film. For six weeks, the university group toiled in class for five hours a day and traveled throughout Morocco on the weekends. Get Out Your Map McGowan and her fellow classmates traveled throughout the country, leaving Fes, a city bordered by Atlas Mountains, to visit the famed coastal city of Casablanca and the nation’s capital, Rabat. They also ventured to Meknes, Essouira and Marrakesh, known for its open air markets called souks. Other weekend excursions took McGowan to the Sahara Desert and the Roman ruins in Volubilis. For McGowan, the most memorable day of her journeys was celebrating the Fourth of July at the Cascades filled with hiking and cliff-jumping. She also enjoyed feasting on traditional Moroccan cuisine, which caught the attention of thieving Barbary Apes. Back in the U.S.A. Upon returning to the United States, McGowan traveled to one of the most picturesque cities of the South, Charleston, for a week-long stay. Another part of acclimating to American culture after be-

ing away, she braved 25,000 screaming tweens when attending a Jonas Brothers concert in Philadelphia. McGowan claims it was much more enjoyable than expected although the screeches of besotted teenage fans almost left her deaf. For those considering seeing the trio, ear plugs are highly recommended. After studying North African cinema, McGowan got caught up back home, viewing the critically acclaimed 500 Days of Summer, The Hangover and The Goods. Transformers 2 managed to put her to sleep, but Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno was by far the worst, leaving McGowan feeling scarred for life. As for summer reading, she believes Thomas Friedman’s Hot, Flat and Crowded, discussing the effects of globalization and the booming world population on the environment and our planet, is a must read. Hit the Books With summer drawing to a close, McGowan is looking forward to leaving Delaware for the excitement of campus life. Most importantly, she’s excited for her fall semester courses. A political science major, McGowan is happy to be finished with divisionals and looking forward to classes including Globalization and Psycholinguistics. LONDON CALLING While many people travel for leisure, junior Katie Morgan had a whirlwind summer traveling between Georgia, London and New York City. Morgan was the recipient of a Richter Research grant (funded by the university) and spent five weeks researching at the world renowned British Museum. Following her sojourn in the U.K., she spent a month in New York City continuing her studies at the Pierpont Morgan Library. It’s (Not) Hard to Live in the City Wandering throughout cities is a fantastic way to discover its people and hidden treasures. Morgan says she would walk throughout the city, getting lost and finding herself in an interesting part of London. She said, “It was such a freeing feeling being in a foreign city without a cell phone or computer (due in part to her wonderful ThinkPad crashing).” As for Londoners, she had

fun people-watching. Morgan encountered a Dali-moustached man “wearing the tightest jeans ever” guiding a Dutch family through the Saatchi Museum in Sloane Square. She also witnessed a hippie couple getting married in Hyde Park by a priest and a random man they asked to play guitar. Back in the States, Morgan enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the City that Never Sleeps. Her work as a researcher at the Morgan Library was, in a word, intense. She entered the library each day through a back door and had to pass through a security room. A guard, then, had to turn a key and escort her to the third floor via a glass elevator. Following this, Morgan had to wash and sanitize her hands in another room. Finally, she was buzzed through to a vault-like room where she could then access her research materials. It’s probably easier to break into a bank than the Pierpont Morgan Library. Playtime Morgan found time amidst her research to find fun in both cities. In London, she visited countless museums, watched a live West End prodution in Kensington Gardens and survived a pub crawl through Covent Garden. Living at New York University, Morgan attempted to learn Russian from a hallmate and found the time for bodysurfing at Rockaways Beach and walks on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Amidst her adventures, she also found time for a staggering amount of summer reading. For someone studying in London, Passion by Jude Morgan, a novel about the women involved in the scandalous lives of Victorian poets such as Keats and Shelley, was a perfect choice. She also read John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas after being intrigued by the controversy surrounding the World War II novel. After reading Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys in a spring English class, Morgan read Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. School Days She is most looking forward to longawaited reunions with friends and the best things the university has to offer. Morgan cannot wait for football tailgates, all-nighters in the ZSR with fmylife.com study breaks (most would pass on the

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Student Mary McGowen spent six weeks of her summer abroad in Morocco learning about its culture and language. all-nighter part), backpacking trips with Outdoor Pursuits and picnics in Davis Field. In addition, Morgan is performing her lecture recital on November 3. FAR AND AWAY On the far side of the globe, senior Jermyn Davis found himself in China. While taking two Chinese language courses at Peking University, Davis, another Richter Scholarship recipient, studied the effects of Western classical music on Chinese culture, specifically their politics. It was a summer filled with concerts, sightseeing and exposure to a brand new world. Watch Your Step Truly the experience of a lifetime, Davis loved witnessing the richness of Chinese culture in person. He particularly enjoyed their system of transportation. Pedestrians be warned; bicycles, cars and buses don’t care where you are walking. For his research, he attended many concerts and the most memorable was at the traditional Peking Opera. While in China, Davis visited many of the amazing ancient and historical sights throughout the country. While climbing one of the Great Wall’s highest points, he recalls thinking, “I am going to die because this is such a workout.”

Photo courtesy of Mary McGowan

Visting Fes, Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Essouira, Marrakesh, the Sahara Desert and the Roman ruins in Volubilis, McGowan had plenty to do and see.

The Sounds (and Laughs) of Summer As one would expect from someone studying music, Davis possesses an eclectic taste in music. His favorite songs of summer included James Otto’s “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” Billy Currington’s “People are Crazy” and “The Sibelius Violin Concerto” played by Jascha Heifetz. He also highly recommends the Black Eyed Peas’ latest album, The E.N.D. Davis says, “I really can’t get enough of the song ‘Rock Your Body.’” At the beginning of the summer, he viewed many highly anticipated summer films: Jamie Foxx’s long awaited The Soloist, Angels & Demons, State of Play and The Taking of Pelham 123. Davis crowned The Hangover the best film of the summer: “I have never laughed so hard and so much in my life.” He was least impressed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a sentiment echoed by many Potter fans. Senior Year Approaching his final year at the university, Davis is looking forward to seeing friends he didn’t have the opportunity to see while traveling. He is also a huge football fan and cannot wait for the season opener against Baylor on Saturday, Sept. 5.

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While in China, Jermyn Davis took two Chinese language courses while studying the effects of Western classical music on Chinese culture.

Nuclear Cooooookie Crisp | Not for the faint of heart

Using a Twister spinner is essential for life’s decisions Austin H. Jones Staff columnist

Welcome. This is my first article of the semester. If you’re a regular – or plan to be – you know – or will soon learn – that I enjoy using superfluous sentences – and parenthetic clarifiers – to take up space in my articles. This year I am adding a new aspect to my column. Don’t worry; I’m not changing anything or taking anything away (that would be counter-productive considering my main goal is to fill the page and pocket the cash – bringing

you a couple of chuckles while I’m at it). I’m adding something that should make you more likely to pick up the next Old Gold & Black, the prestigious university newspaper that you indeed have picked up. I plan on using a different language to welcome you to my articles. It’s kind of like the thing they do on Flickr where the page says “¡Bienvenidos, joneah6!” or “Wilkommen, skipee6!” after you log in. Unfortunately, I will be unable to personalize each article to you, reader. Maybe I’ll just say “Welcome, reader.” Hm. I should probably go back and change that. Or we could start over. Welcome, reader. I started re-reading the Orson Scott Card classic Ender’s Game a couple of days ago. It was ranked #37 on some list of the English language’s 100 best beach-books, and, frankly, I think it is way too good to read at the beach. It’s

one of those novels that most kids read but don’t realize the depth of the conflict within it. Like in this article. Right now, I have a good introduction, but I don’t really know where to go with it. I could talk more about the book Ender’s Game, or its sequels: Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Or I could mention pseudosequels that follow a plot parallel to that of the Ender series: Ender’s Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow Puppets. I think there are a few more. Anyway, I could mention those. I could describe some or all of them. Or I could just list them and then talk about the various things I could do with them after listing them. I’ll stick with that. But here’s another conflict: what do I say after I talk about the various things I could do with or to the different books after listing them? Ah! How the mound of decisions that lies in front of me when

I sit down to write seems insurmountable at times! But soft! There is a way that I make these everso-difficult decisions easier: I have an old Twister game board with a spinner and everything. If it lands on “Right Foot – Green,” I move on to another topic without explaining myself. If I get a “Left Foot – Yellow,” I expound on the topic at hand, heavily over-explaining myself. If I get a “Right Hand – Red” or “Left Hand – Blue,” I have yet another decision to make, depending on whatever vagary overtakes me in the moment: I either submit my article to my editor without completing it, or I buckle down and right every single word that pops into my mind, whether it is grammatically correct or not. And then I leave the article as it is, without proofreading it.

Even if I look back over it, like I have in this instance, and notice a word out of place or poorly used or misspelled (like my use of the word “right” instead of “write” a few sentences back), I don’t change it. Changing words is a waste of time. Deleting words is counterproductive and counterintuitive if one’s goal is to fill a page. And I am almost there. This is the beginning of the end of this article, and I’m at the end of the beginning of this year’s season of my column. I feel accomplished already, like I could take on the world with only my handy Wake Forest-licensed copy of Microsoft Word, a warm mug of Earl Gray tea and dozens of successful YouTube searches. I wish you, the reader, the same sense of accomplishment that I have obtained today. If you’re having trouble this semester, I recommend getting a Twister spinner. It has helped me immensely so far. Godspeed.


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Letters from Abroad | From Austria with love

Hopes and worries of studying abroad Pick a season, any season

The average adult eyeball weighs about one ounce

It’s that time of year. New TV shows and season premieres are right around the corner and last season’s shows are all coming out on DVD. Season 3 of Dexter came out on Aug. 18 and the latest seasons of House, Californication, One Tree Hill, Scrubs, NCIS, Samantha Who and more are all coming out on Aug. 25. Classes don’t start for another few days, enjoy some lazy time while you can!

Top 10 grossing films of 2009 thus far The year may not be over, but as the summer comes to a close, take a look at the films that have preformed best at the box office this year.

1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2. Up 3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 4. The Hangover 5. Star Trek 6. Monsters Vs. Aliens 7. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 8. X-Men Origins: Wolverine 9. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 10. The Proposal

That’s a car Police in Albuquerque, N.M., report that Danny Brawner was caught performing a rather private act in public, with his car! Brawner faces indecent exposure charges after it was reported that children saw him simulating a sex act with his car in a grocery store parking lot. He was indicted on two counts of aggravated indecent exposure and one count of indecent exposure for the incident. Witnesses told police they saw Brawner“humping”his car’s trunk while swinging his arms in the air and shouting. His pants were around his ankles, witnesses said. Police say Brawner was likely intoxicated. Shocker.

Drink of the Week Sweet Summer

Whip up this concoction before you go see 500 Days of Summer and try and enjoy the last few weeks of the sweet season. Ingredients: 3 oz raspberry vodka Ginger ale Splash of cranberry juice 1 lemon Mixing instructions: Fill glass with ice, pour in raspberry vodka, fill almost to the top with ginger ale, add a splash of cranberry juice (for pinkish color) and squeeze the lemon. Tastes best if shaken.

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As late as October of sophomore year, I was adamantly against spending a semester abroad. This was probably for several reasons. For one, I was very concerned about how I was going to live for what I deemed an insane amount of time out of a suitcase. It just didn’t seem reasonable. Additionally, since I’m originally from California, adjusting to the South was like adjusting to a new country already. As much as I’ve grown to appreciate this unique region, did I really want to see what was even further east? One night, around the time I decided I was going to be a religion major despite being nowhere near the “A” range in my Introduction to the

Bible class, I concluded that I wanted to go abroad after all. I guess in my quest for knowledge about Eastern religions or, perhaps more accurately, my love of Hello Kitty, I wanted to go to Japan. This was foolish because I didn’t know any Japanese and pushing a sixth language into my life wasn’t going to happen. Nevertheless, this bizarre urge eventually got me to where I am today. Instead of going to Japan, however, I’m about to take the plunge and spend four whole months in a land that I know painfully little about: Austria. Tragically, when I signed up to go to Austria, I was under the impression that Austria was still a monarchy. I don’t know if this admission has diminished my credibility as a history major, but I can assure you that since this startling discovery, I’ve been reading up on my modern European history. Anyway, I love royalty as much as the next American, so this was rather disappointing and it made me wish that I was going to England instead, especially since they actually speak English there. After admitting to myself that I’d rather go to an “easier”

country like England, I fully realized just how terrified I was of the giant transition I was about to make. Could I really handle a vastly different culture with my lackluster German skills and inability to bear temperatures below 60 degrees? Since I’ve had serious doubts about this excursion since before I even signed up, shortly after my Austrian monarchy revelation disaster, it made sense that I proceeded to have intense bouts of insomnia. To this day, I’ve been tossing and turning at night, pondering such deep, serious questions as “How do I say ‘taxi’ in German?” and “What if I run out of makeup and they don’t have the kind I like?” Now, I’ve never been easy going about anything (least of all journeying outside of my comfort zone) but this whole thing continues to be rather terrifying. I can’t deny that beneath all of the nervousness there lies a tiny bit of excitement, though. I feel comfortable fueling my borderline obsession with leggings and tights by packing ample supplies of both because, from my limited knowledge acquired mostly through fashion magazines, European women

enjoy their leggings and tights as much as I do. In general, since I’m someone who refers to September Vogue as quite simply “the Bible,” I’m very curious to see the current trends abroad. Also, and perhaps more importantly, this is an opportunity for me to prove (mostly to myself ) that I can survive another continent and be independent. I tend to be both clingy and introverted, which is a combination not ideal for the average jet setter. When I finish my time at the university, I’ll most likely immerse myself in the comforts of some suburbia with a mild climate and modest population (which I thought I didn’t like as a child but was clearly mistaken) and stay there for the rest of my life. This is potentially my only shot at trying an unfamiliar environment, at least for such an extended time. While the majority of me is already counting the days until I’ll finally step foot on campus again, another, albeit much smaller, part of me promises the trip will be worth it because I’ll not only improve my German to the conversational level (hopefully), but also learn about both Vienna and myself in the process.

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Movie Review | 500 Days of Summer

Love and lessons fill this film’s 500 days By Caroline Edgeton | Life editor

Don’t you wish you had 500 days of summer? Well, while most of us love the idea the title of this film appears to portray, the movie (500) Days of Summer has little or nothing to do with 500 actual days of summer vacation. And for main character Tom Hansen, brilliantly played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, Brick, 10 Things I Hate About You), he surely has a love/hate relationship with those 500 days … of Summer. Yeah, you guessed it. The film is about his time spent with a girl named 500 Days of Summer Finn, who Summer is perfectly performed Starring | Joseph Gordon-Levitt by Zooey and Zooey Deschanel Deschanel Director | Marc Webb (Yes Man, Who’s it for? | Romantic The Happencomedy and Indie fans ing, Elf). Running Time | 1 hr. 35 min. If there were Rating | (out of 5) two other actors chosen to play these roles, I really don’t think I would have been able to watch the movie, let alone give it five stars. Something about how in tune these two actors were with their characters gave this film such a vibrancy that was not only noticeable, but also just plain genuine. Gordon-Levitt plays the hopeless romantic that truly believes in fairy-tale endings, destiny and Disney love stories and has outstanding dreams to become an architect, but is too scared to try, so he works for a Hallmark card company of sorts instead (he is a lot more masculine than I am giving him credit for at the moment, mind you). Deschanel’s plays the girl of his dreams who caries a large amount of baggage and is, therefore, afraid of commitment and relationships as a whole. Houston, we definitely have a problem. But, alas, of course these two wind up together and have a romantic, youthful, lovely relationship, but that is certainly not what the whole film is about. Though a simple story line so far, I might add the very beginning of the film warns the audience that it is not a love story. In light of that, their encounters are portrayed in a relevant order

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Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) have an offbeat relationship that is romantic yet hard in (500) Days of Summer. rather than a chronological one, give or take a few scenes, in order for the audience to see all the varying dimensions of their relationship unfold from both perspectives of the characters – though more emphasis is on Gordon-Levitt. Through all their ups and downs, they begin to not only discover more about one another, they begin to truly dig up who they really are. Like an anthropologist finds a historical artifact, these two characters slowly but surely find themselves along the way during the course of these 500 days. As the film itself declares, it is a story about love, relationships and all of the wonderful and horrible aspects that always come along with being humanly flawed.Something that makes this movie and plenty of other lower budget films so particularly intrigu-

ing is the realness and truthfulness of it. (500) Days of Summer allows the actors to convey a complex range of emotions and display them for what they truly feel like to anyone who is human. It is extremely well crafted, absolutely hysterical and heartbreaking, but most of all, it is one of the most genuine films I have seen in a while. It is not an escape from reality like a Michael Bay blockbuster or predictable and sugary sweet like your average romantic comedy. What it is, though, is relatable to anyone who has ever experienced what it’s like to fall in love and deal with all the consequences that can potentially arise from it. It is also a film simply about finding who you really are and where you want to be in your life. What’s more human than that?


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Album Review | Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do

Summer album provides the perfect dance party music By Nathan Bedsole | Staff writer

So in typical Wake Radio fashion, I’m here to talk to you about what you should be listening to. In this particular instance of musical imperialism, I’d like to talk about an album that came out way back on June 16. Now, before you throw accusations of me being so two-thousand-and-late, do hear me out. This album is the future. Marty McFly totally grooves to this, no matter when he is. Every summer has a soundtrack (2008 was Wayne, TI, etc.) and this past summer of two-thousand and shine was

definitely the summer of Major Lazer. Their debut album, Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do, is, to put it bluntly, the most exciting American “dance” album to come out in quite some time. The album is a collaboration between Diplo and Switch. You may be familiar with Diplo from his work with Hollertronix, the arguable pioneer of the “mash-up” that has become so trendy as of late. Oh yeah, and he also produced M.I.A’s “Paper Planes.” Ring a bell? Lovely, now lend me your ears. “Dancehall” is a genre of dance music that gets very limited attention in our United States, but it is the most notable influence on this record. The style is primarily a Jamaican one, with obvious roots in the dub and reggae scene. All terminology aside though, you cannot not dance to this record. When asked about dance music, many

immediately make either a rave or a club association. The different style of this record has definitely become a gamechanger in the industry, but there are still tracks that somehow manage to hit in both of the above mentioned scenes. The opening track, “Hold the Line,” almost dares the listener not to listen to the record. With a vocal track by Santigold, and heavy snare kick and out-ofthis world production, you can’t help wanting to see what’s to come. Sean Kingston almost pulled this off a couple of summers ago with “Beautiful Girls,” but while his roots were evident in this track, the sound still came off as accessibly American. The real pull of Major Lazer’s work is how markedly different it is than anything recorded in recent memory while it still is wildly popular and approachable. The track “Pon De Floor” bears

no resemblance to anything I had ever danced to before hearing this record, while the track “Keep it Goin’ Louder” would seriously hit at any club. Throughout the record you notice half-ironies and allusions to the entire music industry, from incorporating auto-tune on one of the best tracks on the record to auto-tuning a baby crying on another track. Heavily Jamaican-accented vocal tracks allude to the cultural context in which the record falls, while showcasing some of the most sexually explicit lyrics I’ve ever heard. Topping off all of this, though, is the video for “Pon De Floor.” It’s a largely instrumental track, taking a brief break from the sex-charged lyrics of the record. The video, however, showcases some of the most

spectacular grinding you will ever see. It is directed by Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show), and is definitely some of his best work. As is the norm today, any notable release is accompanied by an absurd amount of remixes. While the remix is a great way to hype a record and get DJs some recognition, the vast majority of the work done with this record has merit all by itself. With such good source material, it’s hard to go wrong, but a few DJs really put out some great stuff. A notable few who contributed are Golden Gloves, Nacey, Baby Cham, Diplo (yep, remixed his own stuff ), and Matthew Ess. Okay there, I’m done name dropping. I would definitely pick up Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do if you don’t already have it. Your next dance party will be way better for it.

Event Preview | The Lilting Banshees

Banshees are prepared to bring the laughs for annual show By Jermyn Davis | Senior writer

They are scandalous! They are provocative! They are wet-yourpants funny! They are speakers of the truth (somewhat)! They are the Lilting Banshees, and they’re back, ready to kick off another year of comedic relief with their first show August 25. The Lilting Banshees, the university’s student comedy troupe, has entertained the Wake Forest campus community since 1991. Senior John Track, director of the Lilting Banshees, said, “I take a lot of pride (in the fact) that these (college information) books tell students to attend our shows.” Sometimes offensively, the Lilting Banshees confront relationships, sex, drugs, food service and race. However, according

to Track, “it is not (the Lilting Banshees’) goal to be offensive, but to entertain.” “I think we are conscious of the material we put out; we discuss everything. There is material we don’t put out because we don’t want to be offensive. At the end of the day, we want people to enjoy what we do and get a laugh. If we are too offensive, we are not fulfilling our purpose,” Track said. Talking to Track, it is clear that the troupe really centers on a functioning collaborative process. According to Track, “This makes us different from a lot of groups and comedy troupes; the directors make all of the decisions, but in our troupe everyone has a say. On the flip side, it also makes it difficult because sometimes people want something and others want something else.” After months of writing and re-writing sketches, the troupe

assembles again and chooses enough sketches to cover 45 minutes. The director and assistant director then cast people for the sketches. From there, they never can have production underway within three days. According to Track, their first show is a little more rigorous than average shows. Although the troupe lost four seniors last year, this show should be no different. Track says, “(This show) will be an introduction to college and campus life.” If Track’s enthusiasm is any indication, the Banshees’ jokes should keep students laughing and provide some much-needed levity to the stressful first days of the semester. The Lilting Banshees will perform at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Aug. 25. The price of admission is $3.

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Lilting Banshees member John Track says the group aims to give freshmen a good welcome and start its year off with a riotous show full of new skits.

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Summer: Students maintain active summer vacations Continued from Page B3

BUSY AS A BEE One of the best parts of attending the university is the number of resources available to students and the plethora of opportunities they offer. Junior Andrew Christian of Tazewell, Va., took part in a ten-week long internship through the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Summer Scholars program where he worked on the blood vessel project in the tissue engineering department. Christian, a biology major, completed a summer project titled “Porcine Acellular Muscle Matrix as a Potential Scaffold for Vascular Tissue Engineering.” For those not wellversed in science, he explains, “I studied the ability of a scaffold made of decellularized skeletal muscle from a pig to promote smooth muscle and endothelial cell attachment to construct a blood vessel.” Outside the Lab Christian also had additional opportunites to travel in the States. Following the end of classes in May, he went with members of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to the regional retreat at the Rockbridge Young Life Camp in Virginia. The weeklong event connected Christian with Intervarsity students from Virginia, North and South Carolina.  Additionally, through the university’s chaplain’s office and the Pro Humanitate center, Christian took part in the Feather and Stone exchange. A week-long service-learning program, he lived with an Apache host family in San Carlos, AZ. Calling it the experience of a lifetime, he learned about the Apache culture, lifestyle and political struggles. On the Big Screen While too busy to listen to music this summer, Christian found time to see three films, Harry Potter and the Half- Blood Prince, The Perfect Getaway and G.I. Joe. As a huge Harry Potter fan, he thoroughly enjoyed the movie, although he doesn’t think it was awesome. He had no comment on G.I. Joe and felt it was just a “sucky” movie. Many critics would agree. Although finding free time to read was difficult, he made use of his flight to Arizona to get through a little. “It was the only plane trip I’d ever been on, so as lame as this sounds, I read the safety placard and the complimentary magazine in the seat,” he said. Back in the Swing of Things For someone as busy as Christian, fall semester probably will seem like a vacation. He says he is looking forward to getting back into a regular routine without the crazy work hours of his summer schedule. Echoing the other profiled students, he can’t wait to see friends that he hasn’t seen all summer. Christian is also a consummate Demon Deacon. He said, “Oh and how could I forget football season?”

OH THE PLACES YOU’LL GO Sophomore Olivia Boyce had a whirlwind summer filled with lots and lots of travel. Through the Pro Humanitate Center’s Vietnam summer study program, she studied Comparative Political Science and Social Entrepreneurship. After taking intensive classes for two weeks, Boyce and her fellow university students traveled through Vietnam and Cambodia to apply what they learned for three and a half weeks.

Passport and Camera Ready At the beginning of her summer vacation, Boyce traveled throughout Europe for three and a half weeks. Before meeting up with the rest of her family in Tuscany, she and her brother journeyed through Switzerland and the south of France. After Italy, Boyce visited Santorini and Athens, Greece, which she said was her favorite country. Memorable European adventures include the deafening roar of the Monaco Grand Prix and stumbling upon an Italian hill town where scenes for the newest Twilight installment, New Moon, were being filmed. Her Asian travels were an eye opening experience. With 14 students and four professors, Boyce visited monuments such as Ankor Wat and the beaches of Halong Bay. They witnessed how different life was in the larger, more cosmopolitan cities, such as Ho Chi-Minh City and Hanoi, compared with life at a service site in a small, impoverished village in the Mekong River Delta. She says that the most rewarding experience of her summer was their service project in a village outside Rach Gia, Vietnam. Of working with villagers and school children to refurbish their facilities, Boyce said, “For 5 days we worked, played and ate with the locals, who though they had very little, gave us so much. I will always be humbled and touched by the lessons learned and inter-cultural relationships forged during those few short days.” Summer Reading As a result of her travels, Boyce did not see very many movies but managed to see the ever-popular The Hangover. With all of her plane travel, she did read a lot. “Like most I prefer my summer reads to have little to no literary value.” She read university alumna Emily Giffin’s latest, Love the One You’re With, in which the protagonist and her best friend attended the university. She also got around to The New York Times bestseller Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos, Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River and Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, the tale of two boys exiled to the mountains during China’s Cultural Revolution where they enjoy the titular seamstress and a cache of banned Western novels translated into Chinese. Dear Old Wake Forest After a long summer apart and many miles between them, Boyce is looking forward to seeing

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The Feather and Stone exchange allowed students like Andrew Christian the chance to live with an Apache host family in San Carlos, AZ. her friends again. She also cannot wait for Mag Room lunches and, of course, football season! MONTHS AT THE MUSEUM When studying abroad, I searched for jobs and internships that would keep me busy throughout the summer. A job was essential as the Euro/Dollar conversion wreaked havoc on my bank account. Luckily, I found a part-time position at a local clothing store, which was a fun-filled retail experience. My favorite part of my summer, however, was my internship at Connecticut’s New Britain Museum of American Art, the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to American works. It was a summer filled with researching artists, creating files for pieces and studying paintings for hours, and was a lot of fun. Capture This The highlight of my internship was spending the entire month of May working on the museum’s newest exhibition, By Way of These Eyes The Sublime, Exotic and Familiar. Comprised entirely of photographs owned by textile manufacturer Christopher Hyland, the exhibition featured photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, Marcus Leatherdale, Edward Steichen, John Dugdale and Paul Strand. I was responsible for researching the photographers and writing labels detailing what I saw in the photographs. It was a wonderful feeling, seeing my words on the walls of a museum. I also had the opportunity over the summer to see a Red Sox game at Fenway, see Coldplay in concert

for the third time and also to travel to Pawleys Island, S.C.. Located in the southern portion of the Myrtle Beach strand, it was a wonderful long weekend with empty beaches and warm summer weather. My Favorite Things While at the beach, I read The Time Traveler’s Wife in anticipation for the movie and, following his death, Frank McCourt’s ‘Tis, which was a fabulous memoir. I saw Star Trek, Harry Potter and the HalfBlood Prince and the Proposal. The Time Traveler’s Wife movie was enjoyable but the book is infinitely better and should be read before seeing the film. Thanks to Netflix, I was able to catch up on movies I missed while abroad; Revolutionary Road is probably the most depressing movie I’ve ever seen. I got hooked on AMC’s Mad Men, the best TV show since the Sopranos and a must-see. My summer playlist consisted of Coconut Record’s the Summer, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa by Vampire Weekend, My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday and anything by Jimmy Buffett. Down South After spending eight months away from the university, I can’t wait to see my friends and just get back on campus. I’m writing my major thesis this semester and taking a number of interesting classes including the History of Prints and European Historical Novels. I’m looking forward to football and soccer games, consuming massive quantities of Starbucks while studying and having a fun-filled junior fall.


August 20, 2009  

August 20, 2009

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