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David Gergen to headline political speaker series By Caitlin Brooks | News editor

Political commentator and former presidential advisor David Gergen will present a lecture titled: “Fulfilling the Promise: David Gergen on the New American President” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Wait Chapel. The discussion will be the pinnacle of the special Voices of Our Time lecture series that focuses on challenges facing President Barack Obama. Gergen has a long established affiliation with the office of U.S. president that crosses generations

and party lines. He served four U.S. presidents in three decades as advisor to Nixon and Ford, director of communications for Reagan, and as counselor of foreign policy and Gergen domestic affairs and a special international advisor to Clinton.

Gergen expressed great concern for the state of affairs in America today. “We are facing the gravest circumstances of any president since Franklin Roosevelt,” Gergen said. “Among these are two wars, a serious deepening worldwide recession and a need for major reforms at home.” Though the situation appears grave, Gergen did not seem hopeless. “I think President Obama has identified most significant reforms that need to be addressed, especially for economic recovery.”

But the economy is just the beginning. Beyond that, Gergen said, the nation has to come to grips with global warming and our need for reliable energy supplies, enact much-needed education reforms for grades K-12 and perform national reforms on the healthcare system. “And that’s just for starters,” he said. That’s quite a daunting agenda for the new president. To effectively address these broad issues, the man in charge must possess “strong, effective moral leadership,” Gergen said.

Even with this key asset, one man cannot fix all the problems of society. “The rest of the country must brace for some hard times that will demand sacrifice from everybody,” Gergen said. Related to this idea is a concept that Gergen has been a proponent of for years; wide spread, noncompulsory national service. Gergen expressed his desire that all young people willingly give a year of service to their nation, either militarily or through civilian effots. He cited the success of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

Ambassadors-in-Admissions By Lauren Dayton | Staff writer

In the past they were known as the Harbinger Corps, but now the students leading tours around campus are officially Ambassadors-In-Admissions (AIA). The name transition occurred at the beginning of fall semester last year. The program is essentially the same, but it is now a direct extension of the admissions office at the university. The first official tour guide group was started on campus by Kathy Beal and Harriet Mauk (both ’89) in 1988. Before then, the Alpha Phi Omega chapter on campus led tours. The organization has grown significantly since then, with 120-130 students currently volunteering (the numbers fluctuate because some active members study abroad for a semester); 86 of those students are tour guides. The rest serve other roles, such as acting as liaisons to prospective students by giving presentations at high schools, working on the contact team or working in the multicultural branch. The contact team is responsible for congratulating accepted students: sending handwritten letters to those accepted through early decision in December and telephoning those accepted through regular decision in May. The contact team also coordinates with the Alumni-in-Admissions members. The 25-30 students who work in the multicultural branch help the admissions office recruit minority students. The university’s recent changes to admissions policies (highly recommending that each prospective student complete an interview on campus and no longer requiring SAT or ACT scores) have led to a significant increase in the number of visitors to campus. In 2008, over 15,600 people visited campus through the admissions office. That number includes the 4,000 interviews with prospective students that the admissions office conducted over the summer. With so many people interested in the university, the AIA students “play a vital role in the recruitment process,” Dawn Calhoun, assistant director of admissions and one of the advisors for the AIA program, said. “Wake Forest prides itself on a personal connection – in the admissions office, in the classroom and even on graduation day,” Hattie Mukomee, associate director of admissions and another advisor for the AIA program, said. “Having a personal connection with a student helps prospective students

In order to increase campus security and alert those on the Reynolda Campus in the case of an emergency, the university has recently installed a new outdoor alert system. The goal is to quickly and efficiently communicate with students, faculty and on-campus visitors if necessary. Possible situations requiring use of the system run the gamut from inclement weather or hazardous chemicals to suspicious persons on campus. Ken Zick, vice president for student life and chair of the university’s crisis management team, emphasizes the importance of the system to campus safety, particularly for visitors. The outdoor alert messages will enable the university to contact visitors to make them aware of poten-

Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity, died Tuesday at the age of 74. He suffered from chest congestion for several weeks and died en route to the hospital. Fuller and his wife, Linda, founded Habitat for Humanity International in 1976. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 1996 by President Clinton.

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see themselves at the university,” The other faculty advisor is Jennie Harris, admissions counselor. Students can apply to join AIA at the beginning of the fall semester and indicate on their application the roles in which they are interested. The training to become a tour guide usually takes a full semester, so students who apply in the fall can be leading tours by the spring. The training involves shadowing three tours, attending admissions sessions, giving a mock tour to members of the AIA executive board and doing a “swap tour” with a regular tour guide (a “swap tour” involves switching guides halfway through the tour). Junior Hannah Rothman began giving tours her freshman year. Last year she served on the executive board as a tour guide trainer, and this year she is the contact team co-chair. She is one of the students who held an internship at the admissions office over the summer. These students get an inside perspective

tial threats or important information. Since these people often do not have access to University e-mails, the system is imperative as a method of reaching them. The system utilizes a siren with prerecorded messages in order to reach students with critical news. Speakers are located at three campus locations: Davis Field across from Parking Lot B, behind Kentner Stadium and along Wingate Road. When a message needs to be broadcasted, the University Police Department is responsible for activating the system. First, a siren alarm will sound. A prerecorded broadcast will follow describing the hazard. Students and others on campus can then take necessary precautions. Several initiatives have been instated to enhance communication with stu-

on the admissions process: how interviews work, how the process works without the SAT, how the wait list works and so forth. Rothman participated in guiding in high school, so leading tours at the university was a natural transition. “Since I am involved in Jewish life at Wake Forest, I always felt it would be meaningful in terms of getting Jewish students to enroll if I followed those students from the initial application process all the way through the decision to enroll, and then helped them along once they got here. It was a great opportunity to give back to a school that has given me so much,” Rothman said. Tour guides also participate in the Open House days in April, which are for juniors in high school who are doing college tours over spring break. They also help during the Campus Days, which are held

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dents in addition to this new system. Last year, a text message system was launched, as well as a two-way radio system to connect staff directly to police, firefighters and EMTs. Televisions with cable provided by Wake Forest also broadcast alerts. E-mails are sent out. They are used to notify students of delays and cancellations due to winter weather. Similar systems have been successful on other college campuses nationwide. Combined with other efforts, the outdoor emergency alert system will serve to further promote security on campus. It was tested over the holiday break, and further testing may occur. In this case, a chime and test broadcast will sound from the speakers. The system is expected to be operational before the end of the month.

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during Roosevelt’s presidency in the 1930s that gave 275,000 young men jobs within a few weeks. “We are a nation that needs to create or save four million jobs. This (a potential new CCC) could help do that,” Gergen said. Gergen currently serves as a professor of public service at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and as director of its Center for Public Leadership. Gergen held a long career in journalism and still serves as editor-at-large for U.S. News & World Report.

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Tom Daschle, a former senator from South Dakota, withdrew his nomination to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Daschle steps down following controversy over tax records and lobbying. He did not pay his taxes in full and worked as a special public policy adviser at the law firm Alston & Bird, which could be considered lobbying. The Obama administration has stood by his side through this ordeal.

Policy recommendations to be released for electric cars The Electric Drive Transportation Association will release a set of policy recommendations in order to comply with the Obama Administration’s goal of having one million plug-in electric cars on the road by 2015. Members of the association include auto manufacturers, battery companies, a number of electric utilities and other industry associations.

Denny’s restaurants crowded for free breakfast During a Super Bowl commercial Denny’s announced it would give away its Grand Slam breakfast for free on Feb. 3 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. People took advantage of the free meal by lining up outside the restaurants still wearing their pajamas and even cramming into booths with strangers once inside. The company expected over two million people to turn out for the promotion.

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The new alert system has three locations on campus.

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Six workers were taken to the hospital after an explosion at the We Energies power plan in Oak Creek, WI. Two of the patients were discharged, three remain in fair condition, while the other has burns on over fifty percent of his body. He is in critical but stable condition. The accident was caused by an explosion in the dust collection mechanism within the coal handling facility. It was isolated to one area and the entire plant was not evacuated.

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Brieflies Sophomores to declare majors during week of Feb. 16 The annual major declaration process is scheduled for Feb. 16-20. All sophomores should declare a major by setting up an advising appointment in the desired department during this period. Students who do not declare by Feb. 20 risk being unable to register for their major courses during major registration. Questions concerning the process should be directed to Susan Carlton in the Office of the Registrar.

Music department announces month’s events Five events will be presented by the music department in the month of February. All events will take place in Brendle Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. A guest performance by Chilean lutenist Claudio Hernández will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. At 3 p.m. on Feb. 8, faculty members will perform a recital featuring songs and spirituals by black composers. The 32nd Annual Lucille S. Harris and Christopher Giles Competitions in Musical Performance will take place on Feb. 21. The open competition will be held at 1 p.m. and the piano competition will be held at 7 p.m. The University Orchestra Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24. For more information about these events, call ext. 5364

Religious testimony event to be held in Pugh Auditorium On Feb. 11, Bob Bruce, member of the Reynolda Church congregation, will deliver a testimony concerning his relationship with God and his triumph through an incurable strain of cancer in a campus-wide event. Christians and non-Christians alike are encouraged to attend this powerful night of worship and restoration. The event will be held from 9 p.m. to 11:15 p.m. in Pugh Auditorium.

BB&T sponsors campus-wide essay contest All students are invited to enter an essay contest sponsored by the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. The best essays will be provided with both honorary distinction and monetary award of up to $1,500 at the end of this semester. This year’s topic is on “Markets and Freedom” and asks students, in the context of world financial markets crisis, to consider the scope of government action to ensure freedom. For more information and to view contest guidelines, visit

P.R.E.P.A.R.E. presents Tie A Yellow Ribbon Week From Feb. 9-12, P.R.E.P.A.R.E. will hold its annual Tie A Yellow Ribbon Week. On Feb. 10, the group will show the documentary “Rape Is” at 6 p.m. in Green Hall Room 145. The week will conclude with the 17th Annual Speak-Out event at 6 p.m. on Feb. 12 in Wait Chapel. Visit the Rape Awareness Wall on the patio outside of the Pit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. all week for more information.

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TACKLING HEALTH TABOOS Suicidal thoughts plague many had attempted suicide between one and ten times in the last twelve Megan Rahhal was not looking months. Many more reported feeling so deforward to flying home to Oklahoma the second week in November. pressed that it was difficult to funcThe 18-year-old freshman returned tion – roughly a quarter of males home for the funeral of a friend and a third of females – in the last from the University of Oklahoma. twelve months. With more than 4,400 underThe boy, who had given Rahhal her first kiss, was struggling with graduate students on campus in the spring of 2007, that means about depression and 700 females and hanged himself 550 males felt in the closet of Statistically Significant depressed in the his dorm room past year. on Nov. 6, 2008. • Most mental health disorders The fall 2006 “I guess depresfirst manifest in the college survey results sion can really years. show that naskew your view tionally 45% of of things,” Rah• 18-24 year-olds think about females and 36% hal said. “But he suicide more than any other of males had felt had the perfect age group. too depressed to life and was the • More girls are depressed than function between best guy in the one and ten times world. If people guys and females are slightly in the last twelve like that are more likely to consider suimonths. struggling and cide than males. 10% of females we never know, and 9% of males that’s really • 1,100 college-age students had seriously scary.” committed suicide nationconsidered suiMore than wide last year. cide in that same 1,100 college-age time frame. And students com• 10% of all American college the numbers are mit suicide every students have been diagrising. Nationyear and 10% of nosed with depression. ally and on our all college stucampus, cases of dents have been • Of the 4,400 undergrads depression have diagnosed with at the university in 2007, been increasing depression, ac700 females and 550 males over the last two cording to the years. felt depressed at least once American AcadCampus counemy of Child during the year. selors and minand Adolescent isters who deal Psychiatry (AASource: ACHA and HES100 survey with depressed CAP). students have Four out of both noticed the five young adults change. who commit sui“This is my cide have shown some warning signs in advance, the tenth year at Wake and this semester AACAP reports, and 18 to 24 year- we have had more depression and olds think about suicide more than more threats and attempts of suicide of which I am aware,” said Becky any other age group. The university is not beyond the Hartzog, Baptist Student Union reach of this affliction. A spring campus minister. “Prior to this year 2007 survey of HES 100 students I may have just not known, but it found that 2% of males and 8% of feels to me like it’s more this year.” The reasons for recent increases are females questioned were diagnosed with depression and 2% of males manifold. James Raper, counselor By Kim Pascall | Contributing writer

at the university counseling center, has noticed the increase since the Virginia Tech tragedy in April of 2007. Hartzog thinks perhaps the declining economy’s effect on students’ families could cause an increase. Regardless of the reason, more students are dealing with depression and suicidal ideation at the university than ever before. And the stigma surrounding the issues of depression and suicide are just as high. The good news is there are many resources available to help yourself, your friends and maybe even help the community at large deal with this issue. Though many students arrive at the university with depression symptoms, the college community is where most people first discover any mental health issues. “I don’t think there is anything special about college, it’s just this age,” Health Educator Natascha Romeo said. “It’s the onset of mental health disorders.” Experts believe that symptoms of depression and consequential diagnoses most often occur during the years that young adults attend college. These symptoms of depression can include persistent sad, anxious or “empty” feelings, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and persistent aches and pains, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). More than simply having a few bad days, depression can interfere with daily life, normal functioning and personal relationships, according to the NIMH. The stresses on college students can exacerbate issues already in place. Senior political science major, Greg, was diagnosed with depression after his sophomore year. He dealt with depression before college, but problems escalated after he arrived on campus. “I think it’s a combination,” said Greg, who, for reasons of privacy, requested that his real name not

be used. “Something I came with but I think the environment as it is, academic and social stresses on a daily basis, only amplified the situation.” Although Greg said his school work did not suffer, his depressive e p i - sodes, which he describes as bouts of extreme sadness, were occurring twice or more a week when he decided to seek help to deal with the pressures. The perspective that a B is failing or that a women’s size four is fat can create a lot of pressure. And those struggling with depression may feel they are the only ones feeling that way. “You might feel so alone if you think you are the only one,” said Romeo, who also requested his name be changed for privacy’s sake. “With drinking and sexual issues, you know you aren’t the only one. It’s not like people are lining up to talk about this.” “Here we try to hide our symptoms and show that we are handling things,” said Rahhal, friend of the Oklahoma suicide victim. “I guess I would never really know that someone was struggling. We don’t want to appear like we can’t handle being here.” To be continued next week.

Babcock marketing summit to feature Indra Nooyi Three-day business event will test participants’ creativity and ability to think on their feet By R.Hunter Bratton | Asst. opinion editor On Feb. 5, the Babcock Graduate School of Management will begin its 19th annual threeday Marketing Summit. The summit will play host to the best and brightest marketing students from around the globe and provide the opportunity to win the largest prize in program history: $50,000. The Marketing Summit, which is the premiere “marketing case competition” in the United States, is the largest meeting of its kind planned and operated solely by graduate students. These university graduate students waded through their largest applicant pool in history,

96 separate group applications for the MBA pro- the University of Chicago, the University of Notre gram, before deciding on the final eight teams to Dame, Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. compete in the competition. Jim Gleitman will be the Nearly 80 percent of Babcock manager of the Babcock GradGraduate students were or “The Wake Forest MBA Marketuate School of Business for the plan to be involved in some ing Summit gives students an second consecutive year. fashion with the MarketIn addition to the eight ing Summit. Out of the 47 educational, management and graduate teams taking part in students that will be visiting leadership experience with realthe Marketing Summit, six campus over the three-day world challenge.” undergraduate teams will be competition, eight teams will competing within a theme of be given 36 hours to solve a Dana Lee strategic marketing opportu- Co-chair of the Marketing Summit sustainability and corporate stewardship to win the $1,000 nity facing this year’s sponsor, grand prize. PepsiCo. “The Wake Forest MBA The teams of 2009 hail from Marketing Summit gives students an educational, across the continent. Besides the team from the Babcock Graduate management and leadership experience with a School of Management, the competition will in- real-world challenge. It provides students with clude teams from the University of Washington, the University of Virginia, Ohio State University, See Summit, Page A5

POLICE BEAT • University Police responded to 86 calls from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, including 11 incidents and investigations and 75 service calls. The following is a summary of the incidents and investigations.

Miscellaneous • A student was charged with disorderly conduct Jan. 31 for driving erratically behind a traffic management vehicle in addition to shouting at the officer after receiving a parking ticket in Lot B.

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• An unknown subject(s) used a drill to remove a metal fixture in a bathroom at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library. The damage was discovered Jan. 28. • An unknown subject(s) caused an estimated $775 in damage while unsuccessfully attempting to steal a vehicle from the Reynolda Gardens garage. A window screen was pried open and the steering column of a vehicle was damaged. The damage was discovered Jan. 29.

• Miscellaneous items of an undetermined value were reported stolen Jan. 29 from Starling Hall. The thefts occurred during the preceding month. •A card holder, identification card and key were reported stolen Jan. 29 from the pocket of a coat left unattended in the Pit. •A wallet and contents valued together at about $20 were reported stolen from a purse left unattended in a lounge in Bostwick Residence Hall between 10 p.m. Jan. 30 and 2:30 a.m. Jan. 31.

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New Year’s festival celebrates Year of the Ox ASIA and CSSA collaborate to host authentic cultural event for the university community By Samantha Hoback | Staff writer The Asian Student Interest Alliance (ASIA) and the Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA) celebrated the Year of the Ox with the greater Winston-Salem community during their 10th Annual Chinese New Year Festival on Jan. 31. The festival, which was held in Reynolds Gym, featured traditional Lunar New Year celebratory events, including the customary Lion Dance, Chinese yo-yo performers, face painting and authentic arts and crafts. This year is the Year of the Earth Ox, which is a symbol of prosperity through fortitude and hard work. People born during the Year of the Ox are said to be kind, caring, logical, strong-minded, intelligent and sincere. The Ox is not extravagant, and those born under the influence of the Ox are supposedly nervous using credit cards or facing debt. Festival attendees enjoyed authentic Chinese cuisine provided by Peking Restaurant. For $5, visitors could choose from a wide range of traditional dishes, including fried rice, lo mein, General Tso’s chicken and egg rolls. In honor of the Year of the Ox, the festival also introduced several new activities. Both children and adults enjoyed making clay oxen at one of the craft stations. A Chinese New Year trivia game tested the cultural knowledge of the visitors and a contest to name the festival’s new mascot, a life-sized panda, invited visitors to take part in a new festival tradition. Out of the four potential names, Mei Mei got the most votes. Working alongside the students from ASIA and CSSA, Cristina Yu, a librarian in the Z. Smith Reynolds’ Interlibrary Loan Department, has coordinated the Chinese New Year Festival for the past 10 years. “I love seeing people come and look around, learning about Chinese culture,” Yu said. “The festival is a great way to reach out into the Winston-Salem community and bring in people of all cultures to celebrate this annual tradition.” About 500 people attended the event, according to Yu. “We definitely had more than last year,” Yu said. “The main reason was good publicity. The Wake

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Various aspects of Chinese culture were incorporated into the festival, including the customary Lion Dance, Chinese yo-yo performers and more.

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Members of the community had the opportunity to explore Chinese culture at the 10th annual festival. Forest News did a good job in letting the WinstonSalem Journal know about it. ASIA sent flyers all over campus, as did I at some local stores.” Many of the attendees were families of the performers. The young fan dancers, who wore colorful, customary Chinese costumes, are regulars at the festival. Through local schools and community programs, the children learn Chinese movement and traditions to perform at events such as the Chinese New Year Festival. “Some of these children have been performing at the festival for 10 years,” Yu said. The festival was sponsored by the Student Activity Fee and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and several faculty and staff members worked together with CSSA, ASIA and members from the Chinese American Association to help with crafts and serve food.

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Furniture showcase designed to engage students By Ashton Astbury | Asst. news editor

On Feb. 12, students will be given the opportunity to play a role in choosing the residence hall furniture in a furniture showcase that will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Benson 401. According to Bill Yost, coordinator of housing, all students will have the ability to evaluate furniture products at the showcase. “We are currently working with our architects to come up with the logistics of the survey,” Yost said. “It will be beneficial to have the survey and evaluation take place at the event, as students are going through the room, viewing the furniture products and talking with the representatives from the companies.

It is a goal to find common themes and products that the students collectively approve of or disapprove of. We want the students to take ownership in our processes, and we feel that this will be a great way to succeed in this goal.” Yost previously organized a similar event as a graduate student at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The idea for a showcase at the university was born at a conference attended by Yost in 2008 that also had an exhibit area. According to Yost, 11 furniture companies have been invited to participate in the showcase, and the furniture chosen may be

placed in the new residence halls that are currently being designed. Additionally, Residence Life and Housing does annual cosmetic upgrades to residence halls. R e s i dence Life and Housing staff made the Yost choices for the furniture companies based on products in current use at the university, as well as furniture used at other institutions. “Residence Life and Housing takes the current trends at our

school and other schools into consideration when purchasing furniture,” Yost said. “However, we look for a high standard of furniture that we know Wake Forest students will enjoy and feel proud to see in their residence halls.” The furniture on display will be for student rooms, lobby lounges, study rooms, meeting spaces, classrooms in residence halls and formal parlors. The student room furniture will include beds, desks, dressers and book shelves, while the common area lounge furniture will consist of end tables, coffee tables, lounge chairs, sofas, study tables and more. Yost affirms that Residence Life and Housing would very much

like the results from this event to influence future designs and purchases. “As always with any project, budget has to be taken into consideration. However, we want the students to be the ones who construct these ideas, because they are the ones who live in the residence halls with these products,” he said. “It is in our best interest to involve students, so that we know we are making appropriate purchases of furniture products that have styles and designs that the student will enjoy and take care of.” According to Yost, the major benefits of the furniture showcase are having students take ownership in the new residence hall design process, as well as inviting

businesses to campus. “I really think this will drive competition between these companies, and for them to really want to knock down the door to try to get into Wake Forest University,” Yost said. “If we know that students approve of the products for certain companies, it gives a greater reason for making the purchases on factors other than cost and dependability.” For more information about the upcoming Residence Hall Furniture Showcase, visit the Residence Life and Housing Web site at Additional advertising can be found in all of the residence halls, apartments and houses, as well as Benson University Center.

Media ethics conference addresses broad concerns

coverage is being hotly contested. As one speaker mentioned, both affirming and unpleasant stories must be sold. An interactive panel on ethical questions facing the media was one of the program’s features. A second panel included media managers who spoke to the major challenges that journalists are curBy Haowei Tong | Asst. photo editor rently facing. David K. Rehr, the president and CEO of the On Jan. 28, the university hosted the 2009 Con- National Association of Broadcasters, gave the keyference on Media Ethics and Civic Responsibility, note address. Rehr has lobbied on Capitol Hill for drawing journalism and communication students more than two decades and has been repeatedly and faculty from across the state. Visiting schools awarded the “Top Association Lobbyist” by The represented at this forum Hill, a congressional newsincluded Elon University, paper. High Point University, UniAfter first discussing a “Radio has had more technological versity of North Carolina few of the broadcasting advances in the past few years than in Greensboro, Bennett Colindustry’s obstacles, Rehr its entire history.” lege, Greensboro College, acknowledged a steep Winston-Salem State Unidecline in newspaper readDavid Rehr versity and North Carolina CEO: National Association of Broadcasters ership. He also noted that Central University. though the number of radio The conference addressed listeners is increasingly a conundrum that many in steadily, radio’s revenue is the media industry and its innumerable patrons down. are facing on a frequent and regular basis. ParRehr fervently defended the broadcasting industicularly with world strife escalating and America’s try, reflecting his solid background in the lobbying economy tanking, the obligation to balanced news industry. He remarked that, as all European cellular

News impartiality and future of radio broadcasting among the topics discussed

phones have radio, broadcasting has many similar on campus on the same day the U.S. House was exciting milestones in its future. “Radio has had voting about the delay of the conversion (to digital more technological advances in the past few years cable). And it was definitely interesting that the than in its entire history,” Rehr said. Q&A period was longer than the keynote address,” In addition to radio’s Dalton said future, Rehr provided a In regard to the converplethora of gadgets and funcsion, Rehr did not provide “Rehr made me feel that the future tions potentially in the future his opinion. of radio is very promising, something of television. He ostensibly avoided really important in daily life.” For example, because tarproviding input, saying geting audiences is highly their vote was “a good or Jonathan Williams advantageous to advertisers, bad thing.” On all other Senior shopping via television will topics, however, Rehr was continue to specialize, Rehr exceedingly forthcoming suggested, so that various and upbeat. industries reach their ideal audiences. “I loved the keynote: it was very personal and Rehr also addressed the journalism students in entertaining. Rehr made me feel that the future of the audience, listing several tenants for a success- radio is very promising, something really imporful and fulfilling career. He urged them to pursue tant in daily life. And what I am finding in my education beyond the undergraduate degree. He research with PR marketing firms is that an ethical also urged them to always maintain consistency approach to business must be championed. This and remain truthful and principled. industry is looking for people who are ethically Professor Mary Dalton, Z. Smith Reynolds Foun- grounded,” senior Jonathan Williams, a commudation fellow and associate professor of commu- nications major, said. nication, played an integral role in coordinating This event was made possible by a grant from the the event. Fund for Ethics, Leadership and Civic ResponsiShe expressed great satisfaction in the event. “It bility and co-sponsored by 88.5 WFDD and the was pretty interesting to have the head of the NAB communication department.

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Senior and tour guide Jackie Zeeman agrees. She also became a tour guide exclusively for accepted students. Mem- because of the positive experience she bers of AIA give dorm tours, trolley tours, had on a tour here at the university. For her, the best part of leading tours quad tours, classroom building tours, assist in directing students to observe is “seeing the excitement in every high school student’s face as they learn about classes and talk with parents. all the great resources Often students are here at Wake and all drawn to become a the memories that tour guide because of “Having a personal connection are sure to come the positive impact other tour guides with a student helps prospective for every student here.” had on their college students see themselves at the The tour generdecision process. university. ” ally lasts about 50 Sophomore Margo Hattie Mukomee minutes and begins Warren is one of Associate Director of Admissions at the Scales Fine those students. She Arts Center, projoined during the fall ceeds to the upper of her freshman year quad, the Pit, across and has been leading Manchester Plaza to one of the freshman tours for two semesters. When she was applying to colleges, dorms (either Bostwick or Johnson), her experience during the tour had a around Tribble and ends in the atrium huge impact on her attitude toward the of the library. There are tours at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., school. “I think the tour guide is the most with a third tour at noon in April when important factor in a student’s decision newly-accepted students come to visit. There are generally 4-5 tour guides because it’s a student-to-student relationper time slot in order to maintain the ship,” Warren said. She recalls going out to dinner with ratio of 20 visitors per guide. The AIA program provides an oppora friend’s parents during her freshman year and wowing them with the knowl- tunity for students to directly serve their edge she had of the university and its community and have an impact on the future student body of the university. history.

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The student tour guide organization formerly known as Harbinger Corps is now an official part of the admissions office and operates under the name of Ambassadors-in-Admissions.

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fantastic networking opportunities and exposure to top companies, as well as recruitment opportunities for the sponsor. “And the event enhances the visibility of Wake Forest University and the marketing profession,” Dana Lee, Babcock School of Marketing student and co-chair of the Marketing Summit, said. The Marketing Summit will officially begin on Feb. 5

with a professional luncheon for students, alumni and guest business leaders in Deacon Tower at BB&T Field. Then, on the following evening, the Marketing Summit will offer the chance to hear Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and Maria Bartiromo, CNBC Business and News anchor, speak in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m. free of charge. Ranked by Fortune magazine as the “Number 1 Most Powerful Woman in American Business,” Nooyi will be guided by Bartiromo through a

conversation discussing the challenges PepsiCo faces in attempting to develop its brand name recognition in the ever-evolving global market as well as the difficulties of teaching modernization within a business the size of PepsiCo. In 2007, Nooyi grossed revenue of more than $39 billion for PepsiCo, which operates in almost 200 countries with more than 185 thousand staffers. The conglomerated business manages brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Gatorade, Tropicana, Frito-

Lay and Quaker Oats, just to name a few, and it is famous for such products as Starbucks Frappuchino, 7up, Propel and Cheetos. Marketing teams will make their presentations on Feb. 7 and the announcement of team winners, along with prize presentations, will follow. University and community members alike are invited to join Babcock graduate students for the Marketing Summit competition on Feb. 5 as well as the evening discussion on Feb. 6 between Nooyi and Bartiromo.


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of their cancer patients and looking at the psychological effects of cancer are inspiring. We are excited that this expansion will make the comprehensive cancer center an even more sought after place for cancer patients and doctors by putting all of the cancer facilities (beds, treatment and offices) in one building. With the expansion expected to be finished in 2012, at least some university students will be able to see another achievement of the center come to fruition. We are grateful for the fact that the cancer center brings medical students to the university and puts Wake Forest and Winston-Salem in the national spotlight. Many universities have philanthropic organizations, but another great benefit of the comprehensive cancer center is that it provides students with the opportunity to work together to support something. We do not mean that national philanthropies and charities are not great, but having something so close by that students can see how their efforts help really brings a positive atmosphere to campus and succeeds in living up to our “Pro Humanitate” motto. A large part of students’ efforts go to the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund, which is very close to reaching its $1 million mark. Since its founding, university students have raised over $950,000. We find it very remarkable to see how so many students in various organizations get involved in events such as Hit the Bricks, Wake ‘N Shake, and others. It’s heartening to see students work hard to help this amazing facility. In 2008 Chi Omega raised $30,207, part of which went to the cancer fund, and Wake ‘N Shake raised $22,573.

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e are very excited that the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Medical Center, ranked 26th in the country by the 2008 U.S. News & World Report, has plans for a $152 million expansion, bringing 135 new beds into the facility. The center is one of only 40 National Cancer Institutes in the U.S. that qualifies as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. In North Carolina, we are blessed to have three such centers, whereas some states have none. These centers must show expertise in laboratory, clinical, behavioral and populationbased research to qualify. In 2008 alone, 17,540 people died from cancer in North Carolina, so the demand for these centers is very high. It’s also great to have one right here in Winston-Salem to benefit the community both by providing many people with jobs, and even more importantly, saving lives. The healthcare industry has really aided the WinstonSalem economy, especially as it enters uncertain times in the tobacco market. What is so amazing about the center is that as well as being a top hospital for treating cancer, the comprehensive cancer center is on the forefront of cancer technology and research. Currently, there are hundreds of clinical trials being conducted at the center. It has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and they have one out of only five Integrated Brachytherapy Units (brachytherapy involves placing the radiation source in contact with the tumor) in North America. Also, their dedication to the families

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Quick Quotes ”What you need? A 10-pack? You need a 10-pack? All right.” - Alejandro Melendez , who was conducting a drug deal while placing a 911 call; Police Lt. Thomas Stacho said that Melendez was arrested after the call and was charged with possessing cocaine.

Corporate fascism is not the answer

that they are responsible for rending asunder. To grant these companies money, something which has already happened, is to let a dangerous beast into our midst. There is little oversight in these mass grants, as evidenced by the outrage that is the $18 billion that has already been doled out to the very company executives who have brought economic chaos into Miranda Kingsley Kelly our lives. Old Gold & Black columnist While there have been cries of socialism, this ignores the very fact that there has ascism. It isn’t something we been barely any governmental regulation normally discuss in a non-historical of what is being done with the monies. context, and even then it is For this action to be truly socialist, it something we rarely discuss in serious would require a wholesale governmental fashion outside the four walls of the takeover of the institutions receiving cash; history classroom. this has not happened, and is therefore One is somewhat used to the cavalier not socialist in nature. flinging of it at enemies amongst some Instead it is something far more political circles, but even this further frightening, as it is simply the latest foray reduces the serious contemplation of it in into proto-fascism for our great nation. political discussion. It is this unwillingness You may believe that I am being too to discuss the topic that has lead to harsh in terming this as a fascistic action. the fact that it has quietly but steadily However, I believe it is far more morphed into a major dangerous for us as problem for our nation. a democratic society The mere notion of to underestimate the The notion of nationalizing fascism as a problem in troubles that can come banks and car companies modern-day America is about as a result of one which is generally giving the money of puts me ill at ease, while the met with skeptical the citizen to corporate idea of simply letting them glances and a belief that fraudsters and thieves. flounder into oblivion likethe speaker must surely Do you want your be speaking from the hard-earned money wise worries me greatly. fringe, an alarmist at being given to men and best, mentally deranged women who have failed at worst. to do their own jobs? I In current times, we are much more would rather sound the alarm too loudly used to a fear of a shadowy set of angry than not at all. men with guns and bombs, generally seen I will admit this — I do not know how in the mind’s eye as Arab. precisely to solve the current economic But I would suggest that we should be crisis. The notion of nationalizing banks far more afraid of seemingly upstanding and car companies puts me ill at ease, Americans like us who appear to us in while the idea of simply letting them business suits, briefcases clutched in flounder into oblivion likewise worries me hand, people who have, in the past few greatly. months, been increasingly popping up in The best solution I can offer is to take a the halls of power with woeful looks as steady look at those companies begging us they rhetorically stick out their hands for for corporate bailouts (even as they fleece American tax dollars. us blind and ship jobs overseas!), assess This creeping corporate fascism is their economic viability and then carefully nothing new in our country — it has choose to aid those who have a realistic been going on for as long as the nation chance at success should we help them. has been an industrial one, regardless of Those that are not? Not all ships on which hand has held the ultimate reins of shoals can be saved. power. And even those lucky enough to be Yet it has accelerated in a disturbing worthy of governmental aid should be fashion as of late, egged on by the current subject to strict regulations of what is economic plight which we all face. done with the money they are permitted. And it is this economic plight which There is no easy way out of our current has brought the specter directly into our economic tribulations, but know this — living rooms, as numerous white collar corporate fascism is not the answer, and it overlords flash by on our screens, insisting will only bring us greater pain in the long to Congress that they deserve money for run. their inability to keep their companies afloat by their own hands, that they Miranda Kingsley Kelly is a junior religion deserve more money to toss at a system major from Quincy, Mass.


“” “Of course we have had people ignore three, four, five or even 10 reminders, but 700 ... that is unheard of.” - Vienna, Austria, police official Herbert Mattersdorfer, about a woman who avoided 700 parking tickets and a cumulative fine of around 24,000 euros; she is now serving her 500-day jail sentence.

“” “It kind of worries me and worries everybody that I talk to. These people, I don’t think they’re criminals, but they are kind of out of their minds to do that.” - Alex Rodriguez, president of Concord, Calif., based Far West Sanitation & Storage Containers, reflecting on the people who have been setting fire to some of San Francisco’s portable toilets.

“” “In modern life, you cannot deny that a television set, present in almost all homes, is considered an essential good. Without it, how can the owner watch the beautiful women on Big Brother, the national news broadcast or a football game.” - A Sao Paulo, Brazil, judge, justifying why he awarded $2,600 in damages to a man who sued a store for not replacing his faulty television set, ruling that it was an “essential good,” and he needed it to watch soccer and a popular reality TV show.


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U.S. needs new view on Israeli conflict Jacob Bathanti

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ith a dreary predictability, Gaza has slipped from the headlines. There aren’t any more fun fireworks to paste on web pages, and, from a TV anchor’s perspective, rubble isn’t as sexy a backdrop as shiny war machinery or decapitated children. And the pro-Israel myth machine winds down, sputtering its last half-truths even in the pages of this publication. You may have seen them here last week: “They’ve always been fighting over there.” “Israel is a natural U.S. ally, because it’s so wonderfully civilized and almost Western.” “And anyway, we surely can’t do anything about it.” If these propositions are not all completely false, they are too often presented in a sanitized and de-contextualized way. These half-truths are designed to vindicate the Israelis and ensure that the U.S. continues to treat Israel as if it can do no wrong. They must be debunked; it is a matter of justice.

First, a quick history lesson. The gripping story of Jews and Arabs going at it since the time of Moses is pure fiction. The ancient Jews, a pugnacious, persecuted people, fought with many other ethnic groups over the millennia following their mass deportation to Egypt. But Arabs were not among them. Indeed, Muslim Arabs as an ethnic unit did not exist as such in the area until well after another mass expulsion of the Jews, and the destruction of the Second Temple in 132 A.D., at the hands of the Romans. This means that while a Jewish presence has persisted in the Holy Land since the time of the biblical prophets, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for just under a hundred years, since the dawn of modern Zionism and mass Jewish immigration to what was then British Palestine. Tactics for acquiring land varied. Typically, it was bought legally. But a later tactic, favored by a handful of terrorists (one of whom, Menachem Begin, later became Prime Minister of Israel), was to drive Palestinians from their lands, slaughtering men, women and children. Atrocities like the Deir Yassin massacre were a deliberate and successful bid to spark Palestinian exodus. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was born in reciprocal terrorism 100 (not 4,000!) years ago. It is asserted that Israel is our natural partner because it is a “flourishing democracy,” with a developed economy and high life expectancies.

But Israel’s democracy is far from sterling. In the middle of the Gaza incursion, Israel banned two major ethnic Arab parties from the Knesset (parliament). What other “flourishing democracy” bars political parties from participation on the basis of race? It is believed that the Israeli Supreme Court will reverse the ban, counteracting, thank God, the racist ambitions of the majority of the Knesset. This intolerant democracy, ruling by the majority at the outright expense of a minority, sullies the reputation of true democracies. It is no reason to support anyone. We are urged, too, to look at how long Israelis live, at their relative affluence. But when did wealth become a criterion for alliance? Will we ally with North Korea when that country passes a certain level of GDP? Of course Israel has a nice economy and a high life expectancy: it doesn’t have a powerful neighbor killing thousands of its citizens! While Maggie Van Norden (“Mid. East conflict is hard to resolve,” Jan. 29) asserts that over 1,000 Israelis were killed in the last three years, this is an invented statistic. The actual number, according to the Israeli police, is 14 between 2001 and early 2008. But here, if we must speak plainly of it, is a matter of death: 1,300 Palestinians, 86 percent civilians, dead at the hands of a state which committed obvious war crimes, in using white phosphorus (a toxic burn agent) and flechettes

(giant needles fired from artillery) in Gaza. Both are banned by international law in civilian areas. And although two writers in the OGB plead our powerlessness in the face of this conflict, it is the U.S. who enable this. It is we who sell Israel guns and bombs and fighter jets. It is we who demand that Israeli be given an unending carte blanche in its fight against a resistance movement which is, unfortunately, a natural outgrowth of an intolerable situation in Gaza, where the population is penned in like animals. It is we who encouraged Gazans to vote and then, when they elected Hamas, refused to recognize the only Arab democracy in the world. It is we who cheer the Israeli state on to constant militancy when ordinary Israelis are demanding peace and justice. It is we who allow Israel to continue its unacceptable rogue state behavior, because Israel knows it needs just one big, dumb, unquestioning ally. But this cannot continue. The U.S. must take a new approach to this conflict — one that acknowledges that Israel can be wrong just like any other nation, and that insists on holding it to the same standards as the Palestinians. To do otherwise can only corrupt Israel, doom any chance for peace and make the U.S. complicit in this tragedy. May God grant us, and Israel, the strength to do what is right. Jacob Bathanti is a senior history and political science major from Vilas, N.C.

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Kiss Night is a great tradition Betsy Hinchey


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ast week Alex Osteen (“Pledge Night creates a drunken distaster, Jan. 29) advised us to step back and reconsider the tradition of Pledge Night – otherwise known as Kiss Night. But it’s hard to listen to an opinion of someone who has admittedly never actually been to the event. I’ll confess that I was shocked when I first heard of this night of kissing. It reinforced my belief that the only thing Wake kids were interested in was “blacking out” and “hooking up.” But after pledging a sorority, I reluctantly went to Millennium to experience the legend. Surprisingly, the night was full of laughs; we all knew how ridiculous the event was and took advantage of the opportunity to look like fools. C’mon, we’re in college, acting immature cannot only be accepted but also entertaining. Attire was only one of the hilarious aspects. For example, I sported light-up wings, multiple pink necklaces, boxers patterned with beer mugs and a tiara. I was also given a pink train

whistle, which of course I blew the whole night. And I wasn’t even the most dressed up! Having a boyfriend back at home, I didn’t really expect to have a great time, but I was wrong. My sorority sisters and I danced all night, while the sister I was paired with dragged me around asking boys if they were pledges. If the boy was a pledge, we awkwardly looked at each other as our buddies pushed us forward. Being taken, I only gave the boys a kiss on the cheek, despite some tempting advances, but it was still fun to rack up tally marks down my arms and eventually on my face. On the down side, there was puking and a lot of sloppy hook ups throughout the night by kids that went a little overboard, but then again, there are at almost every Wake party. The only other negative fact was that a couple sororities/ fraternities had their own rooms, cut off from the rest of the groups. I stole a red wristband (required to get into those rooms) and snuck into the “private” room upstairs where I quickly became bored by the lack of people. Other than those couple of groups, the rest of the Greeks and

independents got to bond without the usual stereotypical separation. All in all, the night was fun — I blew my train whistle at random people … until it broke. I kissed boys that I have never seen before, and probably wouldn’t recognize if I ever saw them again. I gave the lurking ALE mean looks and danced without inhibition. I hit on townie skateboarders as I waited for the shuttle and yelled into the basement window to say hi to my friends who continued to dance. (But then I had to yell some other things at a big guy who slammed the window on my face). I bonded with girls who were now my “sisters” as well as with my friends in other sororities. I looked like a drunken fool. But I’m okay with that. And as far as I’m concerned, the crazy night could be as innocent or as scandalous as you wanted it to be. The tradition shouldn’t end: we all realize how ridiculous it is, and that makes it even better. We’re in college … if we can’t look foolish now, when can we? Betsy Hinchey is a freshman from Wellesley. Mass.

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ailouts, bailouts everywhere, and not a drop of credit. Isn’t that funny? We were promised amid the flurry of falling economic prospects that the $700 billion bailout bill in October would help to solve the credit crunch that was supposed to be hampering the recovery of the housing market and the general economy. Many people balked at the bailout, understandably, as President Bush failed, once again, to properly communicate the role of the bailout. In theory, the bailout was supposed to be used to buy up toxic assets in order to get them off of the market. Eventually, the federal government would be reimbursed for the bailout of the banking industry. But that seems like ancient history now. Within days of the bill’s passage, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson began redefining how the TARP funds were to be used. Instead of buying these toxic assets to help bolster the housing market, the funds were instead being used to buy up preferred stock as a way of infusing cash into the banks. Instead of using this money to help the ailing housing market, bank executives used the money they were receiving from TARP to buy other banks, and to put down payments on debts. Many Republicans were, rightly, opposed to the bailout when it was first presented. When the House Republicans prevented it from passing the first time, certain safeguards were put in place to help in the oversight of the bill. However, what is sometimes ignored is that once the toxic assets were off the market, the federal government would be able to sell off the assets purchased, and would be able to recoup some, if not most, of the funds spent “bailing out” the banks. Of course, the original plan for the bailout was shot down less than a month after President Bush signed the bill into law. Since only $350 billion was originally allowed to be used, there has been steep opposition to releasing the other $350 billion in TARP funds based on how the money has been loosely distributed so far. The program has clearly favored banks that are “safe” and those that are designated as being too big to fail. The next so-called bailout to come forward was the automaker bailout. Again, these companies that have for years been hemorrhaging money decided that, if the government is just giving away money, that it was their turn for some money.

This is in spite of the fact that these companies have had these endemic problems for years, and instead of improving the quality of their products or trying to deal with the costs of production and employment, they have been busy flying on their private jets to Washington to ask for protections from the marketplace. So, when the federal government begins giving out money, the auto executives fly down to Washington, D.C., hands extended, ready for money to save a business that is “too big to fail.” Even though Congress rejected this plan, President Bush made sure to release TARP funds for the auto companies. What is more troubling than the amount of money being thrown around by these various schemes is the way in which it distorts the marketplace. Increasingly, the government is trying to be in the business of selecting winners and losers in the economy. How can a government decide who should prevail in the market? Markets are built off of the millions of individual decisions made every day by people around the world. It is impossible for a central bureaucrat to make decisions regarding these millions of decisions that develop the framework of our economy. It is important for the Republicans in Congress to play the part of loyal opposition. If, somehow, President Obama proposes something good or agreeable, the minority party should work to make sure that these policies are implemented to help our nation during these rough economic times. However, they should not back away from being critical of policies they see as harmful to the nation. Such was their opposition to the President’s stimulus bill last week when not a single House Republican voted for the bill. While many did not disagree with the need for the government to help stimulate our flailing economy, it was simply the way House Democrats went about trying to stuff the bill with money and projects that simply aren’t in any way related to economic stimulation. Seriously, $1 billion for Amtrak to stimulate the economy? Let’s not kid ourselves here. While the Senate will hopefully work out the kinks in the bill, and help to get an actual stimulus instead of Democratic policy wishes, the general feeling is that just throwing money at our problems will fix what has to be corrected. Amid bailouts and stimuli, our representatives must work to use policies that will actually solve our crisis, instead of thinking that just spending money will make all of our problems go away. Seth Williford is a sophomore from Wilson, N.C.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Smith: Men’s basketball star talks about the season thus far, his goals for the rest of the season and his family. Page B2.


WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: 2/5 v. N.C. Central 2/8 @ Clemson 2/12 @ NC State BASEBALL: 2/20 v. Akron 2/21 v. Akron 2/21 v. Old Dominion WOMEN’S TENNIS: 2/7 @ Furman 2/12 National Indoors 2/13 National Indoors MEN’S BASKETBALL: 2/8 v. Boston College 2/11 @ NC State 2/14 v. Florida State MEN’S TENNIS: 2/7 v. William & Mary 2/8 v. Ohio State 2/14 v. VCU TRACK: 2/6 @ Virginia Tech Elite 2/7 @ Virginia Tech Elite 2/14 @ Columbia

{ NATIONAL STAGE } Super Bowl viewers shocked by with pornography clip Ninety million Americans watched the Steelers defeat the Cardinals in the biggest game of the year, but only a handful in Tuscon, Ariz., are being talked about. The viewers of the Super Bowl who watched on local Comcast cable company KVOA-TV were surprised by a 30-second clip from a pornography film during the final stages of the game. The scene interrupted the game just after the last touchdown by the Cardinals, a 76 yard pass to All-Pro Larry Fitzgerald. Comcast spokeswoman Jenni Moyer said the company was “mortified” by the unexpected programming, which was likely caused by a television hacker tapping into the company’s transmission. “I just figured it was another commercial until I looked up,” one viewer said. “Then he did his little dance with everything hanging out.” The company is investigating the situation.

By Martin Rickman | Staff writer

Wake Forest 52 Miami 79 This week was not a good week to be a Deacon basketball fan. After being beat on a jumper by Iman Shumpert with one second left against Georgia Tech on Feb. 3, the No. 6 Deacs were blown out by Miami 79-52. The 52 points were the fewest the team has put up all season. The previous low was 62 against WinstonSalem State. The Deacs, 17-3 (4-3), shot 31 percent on the night and 15 percent from beyond the arc while allowing the Canes to shoot 49 percent from the field and 44 percent from the arc. The Deacs entered shooting 50 percent from the field.

Freshman Secily Ray was named ACC freshman of the week for her performances against UNC-Chapel-Hill and Miami. Ray scored 15 points against the Tar Heels and 24 in a win over the Canes, the top two single-game totals of her career. The Thomasville, N.C. native had three blocks in Ray the two games and even led the team in rebounds against Miami with her first double-double of the season. Her 32 minutes against the Hurricanes helped the Deacons to their second conference win of the year. Next up she and her teammates face N.C. Central.

{ SPORTS WORDS } “I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can’t trust ‘em.” – Jim Valvano


By John Harrison | Staff writer If the sea of black and gold that is the student section at the Joel Coliseum during home games seems to have more spirit than ever, there is a reason. The energy, noise and pandemonium of tie-dye nation have increased. There are more waving flags, giant bricks and jumping up and down at each and every home game this year. The reason for increased intensity in the Joel is in part due to the success of the team floor, but there is also a difference in Tie-Dye Nation, something that sticks out ... a big purple dinosaur. At first it may seem out of place, but the brilliance of the idea has brought a new life and a new energy into the Joel. Using creativity, imagination and a life-size costume of the Flintstone’s famous purple pet, a few students have made the most of the Wake Forest basketball coach’s unusual name. They have ensured

final set score for David Hopkins in the win over No. 17 Rice.


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Freshman Al-Farouq rises against the Duke defense last week.

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Jack McClinton led Miami with The Hurricanes came out in the a season-high 32 points. He went second half and out scored Wake 6-11 from behind the arc helping Forest 16-6 missing only one shot. Miami break their three game losing This stretch put them ahead for good streak. as they ran away with the 27 point Wake Forest was out-rebounded victory. 32-29. When the Deacons played Georgia Sophomore Jeff Teague lead the Tech Jan. 31, it was the showdown Deacons with 19 points but missed of the Aminu brothers. on all five of his 3-point attempts. Alade Aminu is a senior for the Freshman Al-Farouq Aminu had Yellow Jackets. five turnovers and scored only four The Deacs committed two turnpoints, nine below his season aver- overs in the final 35 seconds, leavage. ing the door open for Shumpert’s Junior Chas McFarland did not heroics. start after finding himself in foul Shumpert, who only had five points trouble late in recent games and only before knocking down the game contributed five points on the night. winner, took advantage of Teague’s Junior David Weaver, who started in smaller size in the closing seconds. his place, did not score. Wake Forest had a 74-72 late, but The lead changed seven times in the Deacs were called for a shot clock the first half before Miami’s DeQuan violation after a Georgia Tech miss. Jones scored on a breakaway dunk to give Miami a 29-26 halftime lead. See Pressbox, Page B4

points per game for guard Jeff Teague, 2nd in the ACC behind UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough.

varsity sports that have held national rankings this season. rebounds for the Lady Deacs in a win over Miami, a season-high.


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that Wake’s second-year commander on the sidelines isn’t the only “Dino” leading the Deacons to victory every night, and in doing so, have generated heartfelt laughter and extra enthusiasm amongst the crowd. Don’t be alarmed, the beloved stone-age family hasn’t made its way out of the cartoon world and into the Joel. Don’t go looking for Fred or Wilma in the concession lines. The costume is simply a tribute to Deacon Head Coach Dino Gaudio, and one of the many examples of the growing sense of enthusiasm amongst the Screamin’ Demons and Tie-Dye Nation. Two of the masterminds behind the big purple suit were senior Matt Six and alum and current staff member Matt Imboden. “It all began one day during my final year in graduate school here at Wake, when I started thinking about how to liven up the student

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No. 26 men’s tennis falls in ITA Indoor Regional final By Alex Botoman | Staff writer

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The No. 26 ranked men’s tennis team failed to qualify for the finals of the ITA Team Indoor Championship as they upset No. 17 Rice University in the opening round, but fell in the finals of the regional to No. 9 Ole Miss. The matches took place in Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The Deacons came out firing on all cylinders in their first match to advance 4-1 over Rice. Wake got on the scoreboard first by picking up two lopsided doubles victories to take the doubles point. Wake Forest senior Cory Parr and junior Steve Forman, currently ranked No. 6 in the country, easily won 8-3 at the No. 1 doubles position. Junior Jason Morgenstern and sophomore Jon Wolff teamed up at No. 3 doubles to pick up an 8-2 win, clinching the doubles point for the Deacs. Senior Carlos Salmon and freshman Joost Vogel fell 8-2 at the No. 2 spot. Parr, who is ranked No. 34, put the Deacons up 2-0 with an impressive 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles over Rice’s No. 26 Bruno Rosa. Junior Andrew Brasseaux continued to show that he belongs near the top of the Wake lineup as he toughed out a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot to give the Deacs a 3-0 lead. Rice managed to pick up a win at No. 2 singles as the Owls’ Christopher Muller was able to recover from dropping a tight first set to Forman to take the match 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-0. Freshman David Hopkins clinched the match for Wake Forest by outlasting Tobias Schiel at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. In the second round, the Deacons faced an Ole Miss team that had just survived an upset scare by narrowly

defeating No. 37 Kentucky 4-3. The Deacs fell 1-4 to the Rebels in a match that was much closer than the final score indicated. Both teams were hoping to grab the momentum by winning the doubles point. Ole Miss picked up the first victory as their team of Devin Britton and Otto Saur took down Vogel and Salmon 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. Parr and Forman posted an extremely impressive 8-5 doubles win at the top position over the No. 1 ranked team in the country of Jonas Berg and Bram ten Berge. Berg and ten Berge had won a national championship in the fall season by winning the doubles title at the ITA All-American championships. This left the doubles point to be decided by the No. 3 doubles match between Wake’s Morgenstern and Wolff and Ole Miss twins Chris and Marcel Thieman. The match stayed tight through its duration and went into a tiebreak at 8-8. The Deacs had a chance to serve for the match at 8-7 in the tiebreak, but double-faulted to give back the mini-break. The Ole Miss team then took the next two points to win the tiebreak 10-8 and take a 1-0 lead in the dual match. Berg put the Rebels up 2-0 by easily defeating Steve Forman 6-4, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Parr managed to get the Deacs on the scoreboard by taking down Britton in a very tight match, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3), to put the match score at 2-1. Ole Miss’ Kalle Norberg handed Brasseaux a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 loss at No. 3 singles to put the Rebels on the brink of clinching. Ten Berge closed out the match by taking down Hopkins 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot. By virtue of their win over Rice, the Deacons moved up to No. 21 in this week’s rankings, and are the third highest ACC team behind No. 5 Virginia and No. 17 Florida State. The Deacs return home to take on No. 61 William & Mary on Feb. 7.

Enough storming the court

By Connor Swarbrick | Sports editor

Storming the court after a big win is one of the most well-known rituals in college basketball. When the stakes are high, the result is a monumental upset or the ending is dramatic, there is nothing better than jumping up and down in jubilation with your players who performed so heroically. On the other hand, few things are worse than storming the court at the inappropriate time. The jubilant throng of screaming fans turns into a sweaty mob of people who apparently didn’t have confidence in their team. In college basketball today, students seem to casually storm the court whenever they beat a ranked opponent or a conference rival, or even if the game is on ESPN and Dick Vitale is in attendance. I am not an advocate of the emerging trend of conferences fining schools in the interest of safety when students storm the field of play. But I do take issue with fans who storm the court without good cause. Like any meaningful ritual, if students storm the court too often the act loses its significance. Screamin’ Demons and Wake Forest fans take note, we must stop rushing the court





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Junior Ishmael Smith is looking to deliver Deacon Fans what they are all longing for: a trip to the Final Four. Smith’s evolution as a fast-paced point guard has earned him comparisons to Chris Paul. The North Carolina native recently spoke with the OGB about his favorite moment of the season so far, his goals for the rest of the season and his family.

By Lizzie Rosen | Senior writer How did you get involved in basketball? Actually, I started when I was around two or three years old. My dad and my sister used to always play. I have a sister who’s now 25 years old so around that age she was 7 or 8. We used to play in the garage, and that’s how I started playing and I’ve been playing ever since. If you weren’t playing basketball right now, what do you think you would be doing? I’d probably be playing football. Probably cornerback, a little DB, I probably wouldn’t be big enough to play receiver. I’d have to be doing something athletic. What has been your favorite moment of the season thus far? I’d probably have to say the Duke game. The game was pretty exciting and to beat Duke here was a great accomplishment, but the way we did it was pretty impressive too. What are your personal and team goals for the rest of the season? Personally, I’m not a huge goal guy but as far as a team, I want us to finish strong. I want to win the ACC; that’s the first thing I want to do. Second thing I want is a No. 1 seed and then march all the way to the Final Four. The first step is to win the ACC. Obviously the second step is to win the ACC tournament. Third step is to get a No. 1, seed and the fourth step is to get to the Final Four. Personal goals, I want to finish strong. I’ve been hurt all year; I’m just now getting my footing back. Hopefully in the next nine games I’ll finish in double figures and get at least 4-5 assists a game and lead this team to the next level. Who, if anyone, do you model your game after? You know what I try to do with everyone in the NBA; I try to take a piece of everybody’s game. As far as like Tony Parker uses his speed well. He might be one guy who changes direction. He goes so fast, so I try to do that. Chris Paul with his passing and then some of his floaters he does. Steve Nash with his pick-and-roll situation. I try to take all the top point guards and implement them in my game. What do you think about when taking free throws? Last year I had a million things running through my mind, and it wasn’t the best thing.

Men’s basketball announces the Skip Prosser Classic Wake Forest and Xavier University have agreed to a 10-year series starting next season, deemed the Skip Prosser Classic. Prosser served as head coach at Xavier from 1994-2001 and at Wake from 2001 until his death in 2007. The series will provide solid competition for each team, as the Deacons are ranked sixth and seventh by the USA Today/ESPN poll and Associated Press poll, respectively, and Xavier is currently ranked tenth and ninth. The series will begin in the 2009-2010 season with the first game to be played at Wake Forest.

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I’ve been doing so much better this year; people actually hit me up on Facebook, saying “way to shoot your free throws,” “I’m so excited man, you’re becoming a complete player now.” I actually don’t think about anything. I shot a million of them this summer, so it’s second nature now. It’s just follow through and shoot ‘em. I really don’t think about much of anything, just go up there and knock them down and try not to take too long at the free throw line because if you do that’s when those things enter your mind. If you could play a pick up game with anyone, who would it be and why? Isiah Thomas. I know a lot of people say Michael Jordan. I want to play Isiah Thomas in his prime and then Michael Jordan next in his prime. Isiah Thomas is probably one of my favorite point guards to play the game. He had a great combination of knowing when to score and when to pass. He was fearless to be so small. What is the one thing you miss most from home when you’re away at school? I miss my family. They’re not far though, like an hour and 15 minutes. They lend me a whole lot of support. My sister is right up the street; she stays in Clemmons so I go up there when I want to get away and just hangout with them. I miss my family more than anything. They have me laughing, but the good thing about them is that when things are going well they are still on me and when things aren’t going so well they are still on me. They keep me grounded more than anything. Do you have any personal rituals before a game? Say the game is at 7 p.m., I get to the game around 4:45-5p.m. Usually before the game we eat at Ryan’s Steakhouse. Usually Al-Farouq and Tony play a video game until it’s time to leave then we leave around 4:45-5 p.m. and get to the gym. I have my iPod on the whole time, listening to only god knows. I get taped and go out and try to shoot 10-2s at each spot. Then back up and shoot 3s. Then around that time it’s time to shoot with coach. That’s my ritual coming up until we have to be on the floor at 5:45 p.m. What is your favorite cookout milkshake? Vanilla, I’m plain. I love Oreo too.

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Volleyball recruit earns state award from ESPN RISE

Opara, Wenzel selected for U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team camp

Andrea Beck, signee for the volleyball team, was awarded the Gatorade High School Player of the Year award for the state of North Carolina. Winners for this award are selected on the basis of excellent athletic performance, academic success and high character. The 6-foot-1-inch middle blocker from Mount Tabor High School recorded 244 kills and a .544 hitting percentage. Beck was a four year letter winner, a two-time member of the Central Piedmont All-Conference Team and the Conference Player of the Year for her senior season.

Wake Forest defenders sophomore Ike Opara and frehsman Danny Wenzel were among 26 players selected for a 12-day training camp with the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team from Feb. 4-15 in Bradenton, Fla. The team is in its final preparations for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. A total of 14 collegiate players were selected for the camp. Wake Forest was the only school to have more than one player selected. Opara and Wenzel were two of the most dynamic central defenders in college soccer during 2008. The pair helped the Deacon defense to 14 shutouts in 2008.

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W. tennis upsets No. 31 Denver at ITA Indoors By Alex Leopold | Staff writer

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After starting off slowly in Nashville, Tenn., the No. 40 ranked women’s tennis team rebounded with a dramatic upset of the No. 31 University of Denver Pioneers thanks to the clutch play from senior Sierra Poske to secure the consolation championship prize on the final day of the ITA Indoors Qualifier. With the match tied at three a piece, it set the stage for Poske’s match at the No. 2 singles position. Poske was able to outlast her opponent Annette

Aksdal and win 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to secure the dramatic upset. Before play against Denver even started, the Deacons received a signifcant advantage as Denver player Bhavani Tirumurti was forced to withdraw from both her singles and doubles matches due to illness. With only having to win one of the two remaining doubles matches to secure the doubles point, junior Sasha Kulikova and Poske defeated the No.1 doubles duo of Denver. This made the score 2-0 for the Deacons due to the default of Tirumurti. Denver mounted a comeback in the singles matches as Mallory Voelker, Ute Schnoy and Julia Bauregger picked up victories at the No.1, No. 3 and No. 4 singles positions for the Pioneers.

Freshman Ryann Cutillo scored a comfortable victory at the No. 5 singles position for the Deacons as she won 6-1, 6-2. The 4-3 victory gave the Deacons the consolation championship at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Prior to the Denver match, in the first match of the qualifier, the Deacons were pitted against the No. 12-ranked Vanderbilit Commodores. The No. 1 singles player for Poske the Deacons, Kulikova, suffered her first defeat of the season. She dropped a match at the hands of the Commodores’ Catherine Newman 7-5, 6-4.

Kulikova had won her first four matches of the season against Appalachian State, Gardner-Webb, Richmond and Dartmouth. The rest of the Deacons succumbed to the same fate against the Commodores. The other previously undefeated Deacons, Poske and sophomores Emilee Malvehy and Katarina Reveche, fell to their first losses of the season despite having pushed their opponents to three sets. The 7-0 loss to Vanderbilt set up the Deacons for their matchup with Denver and Poske’s heroics. The No. 40 Deacs will travel next to Greensville, S.C., to face the Paladins of Furman University. The Lady Deacons will return home Feb. 21 to take on William & Mary and on the following day they will play host to Texas A&M before traveling to Indiana.

Three invites Lady Deacs win two of three in ACC keep track team busy By L.K. Davey | Staff writer

The men’s and women’s track and field teams had a busy and long weekend spread between three different invites.The team broke up as members traveled to the Niswonger Invitational at East Tennessee State University, the Wildcat Invitational at Kansas State and the Clemson Invitational at Clemson. At the end of the second day at Niswonger, the women’s team had some good final placements. Sophomore Anna Nosenko finished second in the women’s one mile run, clocking in at 4:56.07. Freshman Laura Rapp finished three spots behind Nosenko in fifth place, followed by sophomore Caitlin Crawford in sixth. Deacon sophomore Cate Berenato also competed in the event, coming in 13th. Junior Nicole Castronuova was the only Wake Forest representative in the women’s 400m dash and placed fifth. In the women’s 3,000m run, senior Merry Placer and sophomore Chelsea Bolton finished second and seventh, respectively. This was Placer’s season best time at 10:04.10. Junior Alex Gove came fourth in the 60m hurdles. The women’s A relay team ran the 4x400 meter relay and placed third in the event. The men’s team did very well in the Niswonger Invitation as well. Junior Jonathan Reid finished third in the men’s 400m dash. Reid Freshman Thomas Morrison placed fifth in the one mile run at 4:19.18, with Junior Keaton Morgan behind him in 12th. The men’s track relay teams both found their niche in fourth place; the B team in the 4x400 meter relay, and the A team in the distance medley. The Wake 4x400 relay won its heat by over nine seconds. Junior Thomas Sensing placed in field events with a ninth place in shot put. In Kansas, senior Brett LaRue finished third in the men’s heptathlon with 5,429 points. He ran the 60m in 7.10, the fastest time in the field. LaRue had a long jump distance of 6.72m, a shotput of 11.96m and a high jump of 1.88m. LaRue again finished first in the field in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.23, finishing just .01seconds ahead of the winner of the overall competition, Kansas State’s Moritz Cleve. LaRue rounded out his heptathlon performance with a 4.45m pole vault and a field-best time of 2:41.10 in the 1,000m run. Junior Tyler Dodds held down the fort in Clemson placing seventh in the heptathlon with 4,769 points. He ran the 60m dash in 7.10 seconds, had a long jump of 6.41m, a shotput of 10.97m and a high jump of 1.74m. Dodds ran the 60m hurdles in 9.03 seconds, polevaulted at a height of 4.10m and finished the event running a 2:52.51 in the 1000m run. Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams are looking to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend, Feb. 6-7, for the Virginia Tech Elite. The Deacons will then travel to New York, N.Y., for a meet with Virginia, Penn, Columbia and Lehigh before heading back to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Challenge Feb. 20-21.

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Sophomore Camille Collier brings the ball up against a UNC-Chapel Hill defender last season. Collier has started 17 of 19 games this season and is averaging eight points per game and is shooting 73% from the field. By Gary Pasqualicchio | Staff writer

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The Wake Forest women’s basketball team is getting hot at the right time. Entering a key stretch of conference play, the Lady Deacs had a solid record of 13-4 but were only 1-3 in the ACC. After splitting a pair of road contests at UNC-Chapel Hill and Miami and winning at home over Georgia Tech, the Deacs improved that ACC record to 3-4, good for eighth position in a loaded conference. On Feb. 3, the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech paid a visit to the Joel and left empty-handed after a 68-60 Wake Forest win. Senior Alex Tchangoue led the Lady Deacs with 17 points and

her teammates freshman Brooke Thomas and junior Courteney Morris chipped in with 12 each. Some timely free throw shooting and taking advantage of Yellow Jacket turnovers helped the Deacs to this gritty eight point win. The Lady Deacs hit on 81% of their season-high 38 free throw attempts and scored 19 points off 18 Yellow Jacket turnovers. Wake took a six point lead into intermission but saw that lead turn into a small deficit midway into the final period. However, the Deacs would fight back, hitting 11 of 12 free throws in the final 4:11 to seal the victory. The loss dropped Georgia Tech to 16-6 on the season and 4-4 in ACC play. Just two days prior to the home win, the Deacons found themselves at Miami with a 1-4 record in conference play after a loss to UNCChapel Hill.

They found a pair of heroines in a four-year veteran and a freshman rookie. Senior co-captain Corrine Groves picked up a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds but was perhaps outdone by her younger counterpart freshman Secily Ray, who scored 24 and snared 11 boards for the game-high in both categories. Wake’s 23 point lead with just under seven minutes to play in the game was cut to nine but some key rebounding (the team had a seasonhigh 50 on the day) helped them to a 78-69 win, their first conference road victory of the year. But perhaps these two big wins were sparked by an excellent effort in that losing cause on Jan. 29 when the Lady Deacs traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., to play the No. 10-ranked Tar Heels. Carolina was the heavy favorite in this one but found a tough test from a determined Wake Forest

team who trailed by only five at the half, 38-33. Despite Wake’s best efforts, 27 points from Italee Lucas and 17 from Rashanda McCants, sister of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Rashad McCants, helped lead the Tar Heels to a 77-66 victory. Tchangoue led the Deacs with 25 points and Ray poured in 15 of her own. Ray’s strong efforts this week earned her the ACC Rookie of the Week award. The Thomasville, N.C. native earned the award for the second time in her young career. This key ACC stretch will take an intermission for now as the 15-5 Lady Deacs next host North Carolina Central on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Three days later the team will travel to Clemson, looking to avenge a 64-60 home defeat at the hands of the Tigers back in January. Clemson is 12-11 on the season.

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after games in which we should have expected to win. Don’t get me wrong, the Duke game was an amazing and important win for the team, as was the North Carolina game earlier in the year. But neither victory warranted trampling the security guards and moving tie-dye nation onto the court. When the Tar Heels of North Carolina came to the LJVM Coliseum they were ranked third in the nation and we were ranked fourth.

Sure, the Tar Heels started off the season as the unanimous No. 1 team in the country, but they came into the game fresh off a loss to Boston College. We, on the other hand, were undefeated and coming off an impressive win at BYU. The first win over the Tar Heels since 2005 was big, but a salute to the team with the fight song and a trip to the Quad would have sufficed. Despite the fact that Duke entered the Coliseum as the No. 1 team in the country, rushing the court was once again unwarranted.

Let me remind you that this win came just one week after we lost as the No. 1 team on the very same court to Virginia Tech. Duke is a good team, but they were only favored by two points. Winning on a last second shot against a team that was supposed to beat you by two is hardly an upset. Not to mention that the Deacons dominated the game and, with just over eight minutes left, held a 13-point lead. I understand Duke and North Carolina are rivals in the very tough ACC, but it is January and there is still a lot of

basketball to be played. Nothing proves this more than the game the Deacs played three days after defeating Duke against a Georgia Tech team who entered the game 0-6 in the conference. The Deacs lost, further proving that the ACC is a tough and volatile conference, and one win (or loss, for that matter) in the scope of things does not mean all that much. When we Screamin’ Demons stormed the court after these two victories, it appeared to demonstrate a lack of faith in our team. This is the very reason you don’t see great programs such as Duke, Kentucky,

UCLA or North Carolina rush the court after regular season wins. They simply expect to win, and so should we. The team carries itself as though it has been here before and as the students that support the team we have the responsibility to do the same. Expect to win and when we do, celebrate, but do so like the championship fans that we are. Next time we win, let’s celebrate on our unique home court – the Quad – not on the playing court. I’ll see you there!

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They were unable to get a shot off. Shumpert’s jumper tied the game with 20 seconds left, and the Deacons turned the ball over again when senior Harvey Hale threw an inbounds pass away with seven seconds left. The Deacons led by 10 points midway through the first half but led only 43-41 at the break. Aminu led the Deacs with 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals. Alade Aminu had 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for Georigia Tech in only

the second pair of brothers in ACC history. The Yellow Jackets entered the game 0-6 in the ACC and had a five game losing streak. Gani Lawal led the Jackets with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Teague contributed 16 points for the Deacs in the loss and Wake Forest was out rebounded 35-44 on the afternoon. Many are now asking – what is wrong with the Deacons? Wake Forest, which has not been a three-point shooting team all year, is finally being punished for

this problem. Teams have started to sit back in their zones and give up shots from beyond the arc. Wake, which does not have a guy who can consistently hit this shot outside of sophomore Jeff Teague, is struggling from behind the arc and not getting the big men involved. McFarland’s scoring has dropped off dramatically. These misses lead to long rebounds which are being corralled by the defending team, which then can get out and run the break before the Deacs can get back into their half-court defense. This is leading to too many easy shots for opponents.

The Deacs are also fouling more. In their backto-back losses opponents have shot 52 free throws to Wake Forest’s 35. For a team that is supposed to be bruising inside this is a point of concern. The starting five have played a disproportionate amount of minutes and the only bench player to score more than two points was Ish Smith. Wake Forest is still a talented team. They are the same team that beat BYU at the Mariott Center, beat Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill at the Joel and handled a late rally by a tough Clemson team. The Deacs host Boston College Feb. 8 at 4 p.m.

Dino: Dinosaur has become a staple of Tie-Dye Nation would have to wait another year before making his debut at the Joel. “Dino waited patiently for basketball section at basketball games,” Imboden season to start up again,” Six said. “He said. “After searching the Internet for finally made his first appearance at the some time, I eventually stumbled across North Carolina Central game back in the full-body foam Dino costume on November of 2008. I was so excited yet eBay.” so nervous.” Immediately, word began to spread In the interview, Six recalled worryabout the online discovery. However, the ing about the crowd’s reaction as Dino $300 price tag and shipping charges from emerged for the first time in the Joel. He Brazil presented considerable financial wondered if Deacon fans would warm challenges for those seeking to bring up to a second mascot in the stands. Dino to life in Winston-Salem, N.C. He wondered whether or not the crowd The students turned to an online Wake would even pick up on the connection Forest Sports message board, where between the big purple dinosaur and thankfully, support for the costume Gaudio. mission began to snowball. Six’s concerns were quickly alleviated “I posted a link to the EBay auction as he saw the crowd react to the friendly and some photos on the dinosaur. Wake Forest message board,” Imboden “It was a mixture of laughter and confusaid. “The online community really got sion, with everyone turning their heads excited about the suit, someone created a to watch the purple dinosaur,” Six said. PayPal account, and little by little, dona- “Though many fans failed to make the tions started pouring in.” connection during that first game, Dino Six recognized the uniqueness of the was still warmly welcomed.” situation right away. Since that night, Dino’s popularity has “This isn’t something that happens skyrocketed. He has made friends both every day . . . a group of unfamiliar inside and outside the Joel. His efforts people coming together, solely con- have been praised in various media outnected through their love of Wake lets, from the Winston-Salem Journal to Forest, and donating various amounts ESPN. He even has more than 600 Faceof money to a costume fund,” he said. book friends (that’s right, he has his own “One thing followed another, and the Facebook page). next thing I knew, the Dino suit arrived All around the country, college basin my campus mailbox in a beat-up card- ketball fans are beginning to fall in love board box last March.” with the big purple dinosaur. Though certainly exciting, the springNotPMsurprisingly, WakeForestRevised.qxp 1/16/09 12:09 Page 1 however, Dino’s bigtime delivery meant the purple dinosaur gest fans have been the kids.

“I underestimated the number of children that would come up to a guy in a big purple dinosaur suit,” Six said. “Dino is bombarded with kids whenever he ventures beyond the student section, and he’s always willing to sign autographs and pose for pictures.” Though he certainly stands out in the crowd, Dino is just one of the many reasons Wake Forest home basketball games are becoming such a special, unforgettable experience in recent years. “I love that there are so many little things about the Joel that add up to such a unique atmosphere,” Six said. “The introductions, the tie-dye students, the Naz-T Deac . . . and now Dino.” Indeed, there is much to be excited about inside the Joel these days (not to mention the success of the men’s basketball team). Consequently, Six and Imboden agree that the Screamin’ Demons and Tie-Dye Nation are beginning to move up among the upper echelon of college basketball fans in the country. “The students have really done a great job cheering on the Deacs this season,” Six said. “With cheer sheets and contrived chants, most student sections are marked by banality. The Screamin’ Demons do a wonderful job of embracing creativity.” Similarly, Imboden believes the charm of the student section is the result of a unique balance of collective insanity and individual spontaneity. “While the Screamin’ Demons are clearly united by the tie-dye shirts and

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Students in the Screamin’ Demons section have embraced the addition of a second mascot in Dino the dinosaur. time-honored cheers, there are also numerous individual displays of enthusiasm by single students or small groups,” he said. “This individual creativity is what makes our crowd so special.” With any luck, such creativity will lead to more and more entertaining characters parading around the Joel in the years to come. “I can’t wait to see what new and exciting ideas future students will come up with to continue to make Wake Forest sporting events even more fun and

entertaining for both fans and players,” Imboden said. For now though, let us enjoy in the newest face among the swarms of black and gold in the Joel – our big, beloved Dino the Dinosaur. It should also be noted that Dino the dinosaur was contacted for this article. It was not that he couldn’t be reached or refused to comment, he like any mascot, just didn’t say anything. Dino’s true identity is just what he appears, a true fan of the Demon Deacon basketball.

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By Caroline Edgeton | Life editor I believe I can safely say every student enjoys music in some form. Whether it is performing it yourself, going to concerts, listening to your iPod shuffle or simply watching a good friend play guitar for you on a Thursday night, we all have means of enjoying music in our lives. Here at the university, one way for students, faculty and staff to enjoy music all together is through the lovely vocal chords of our campus a cappella groups. Chi Rho, Minor Variation and the Demon Divas are three such groups. All three are frequent performers on campus. Let me just tell you, any time there’s a chance to see any of these groups perform, everyone should get in line as soon as possible to get a ticket. Instead of doing a traditional review of one of their concerts, I’m going to try to provide an insider’s look at these talented groups that provide such lovely non-accompanied music for our ears. Chi Rho The popular Christian men’s a cappella group Chi Rho was founded in the fall of 1991 and is currently in its 17th year running. “We’re a Christian group, so we try to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone,” said executive member and junior Ryan Niland. While sending the message of faith across campus through their music, they have a variety of songs they enjoy singing. “It changes from year to year, but we like to divide our repertoire between traditional sacred music, contemporary Christian covers and songs by secular artists that have messages we think reflect the Gospel,” Niland said. Needless to say, a group of talented male singers is enough to make anyone want to listen. Requests to hear them perform certainly do not fall flat. “We do a few events on campus each year (most notably the Big Concert in April) and a few random events around the area, but the bulk of our performances are at area churches,” Niland said. “The number varies a lot, but I guess we usually sing around 15 engagements each semester.” With the performances, the recordings and the practices, the guys certainly spend a fair amount of time together. Getting along with your fellow singers is certainly encouraged. It seems with Chi Rho, the guys definitely surpass the acquaintance level. “We spend a lot of time together, so we have lots of inside jokes and enjoy laughing at ourselves and each other. We’re also friends outside of Chi Rho, so those relationships extend into our time as a group. “Our rehearsals are usually very relaxed. We divide our time between devotionals and music rehearsal, so the atmosphere ranges contemplative to boisterous,” Niland said. So far, the guys have released eight albums and one Christmas album which included a collaboration with last year’s members and a group of alumni. “We just finished recording our ninth


regular album last month and, if all goes well, we’ll release it at Big Concert this April,” Niland said. Overall, these lovable guys certainly enjoy what they do and how they do it. “We’re just a group of guys who love Jesus and also like to sing,” Niland said. Minor Variation The other Christian a cappella group on campus is a team of lovely female vocalists known as Minor Variation. Founded in 1998 under the name Agape, the group has since then changed its name twice. Before becoming the current name, which was established in 2005, it was also known as One Accord. “Minor Variation is devoted to the ministry of sharing Jesus Christ through our music on the WFU campus and the community of Winston-Salem,” director and senior Amelia DelGrosso said. “Our group is also centered around Romans 12:2 which says ‘Do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, His good, pleasing, and perfect will.’” Instead of performing as many sacred hymns as Chi Rho does, Minor Variation likes to focus on the more contemporary styles of Christian music. The girls like to have fun with what they do, and it definitely pays off. “We usually perform at events on campus, at churches in the community (and) charity organizations like Samaritans Inn,” DelGrosso said. “We also go on an annual tour in May to share our music in other areas. We have been to D.C., NYC, Atlanta, Raleigh and plan to travel to Tampa, Fla. this May. In general, we usually perform once a week or every other week throughout the semester.” The girls certainly stay busy, but the girls still have close bonds with one another. “The atmosphere of MV is very energetic and worshipful. We are all very excited to share our faith with others through our love of music and

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A cappella: singing without instrumental accompaniment. These singing groups provide the campus with music and talent.

each other. The bond between group members runs extremely deep because friendships are centered around Jesus Christ, who teaches us how to love one another deeply,” DelGrosso said. As far as arranging music is concerned, Minor Variation has a fair amount of people involved. “Typically, the director selects songs and sends them to someone to have them arrange specifically for our group,” DelGrosso said. “Brad Stephenson, a former member of our brother group Chi Rho, arranges a handful of our songs, as well as a former member of MV Holly Burt. We also currently have two members of MV who are arranging songs that will be performed in the future.” As of now, Minor Variation has released four albums. The most current one, a selftitled disc, was released in April of 2008 and produced by former Chi Rho member Derek West. Overall, the girls definitely have a passion for performing their music; however, none of the members are music majors. “Our group is completely student run and currently has 16 members. Interestingly enough, none of us are music majors, although there are two minors,” DelGrosso said. Clearly, these girls are generally on the move. I highly recommend checking out one of their performances whenever you can.

ule, the girls like to stick around campus and the community to have their gigs. “We perform at various events on campus like Project Pumpkin, the PREPARE speakout, homecoming and the National Anthem at home basketball games,” Boles said. “We have also performed at various off campus venues, such as the Twin City Cyclones hockey games, the Reynolda House and other events in Winston-Salem. The number of performances vary per semester, but we sing at an average of 2 a month.” Like any close knit team, the girls stick together beyond practices and form close friendships. “The atmosphere of the group is very fun,” Boles said. “Laughter is inevitable during practices and Divas get-togethers. We all get along well and are able to not only work hard together on learning our music, but also are able to relax and have fun together,” The music is mainly arranged by group members and from time to time the girls will purchase pre-arranged music when time is an issue. “It’s really cool to have student-arranged pieces because it makes our songs more original and gives us a greater sense of ownership of the songs,” Boles said. The performances are a team effort and choosing solos can be tricky, but fun. One of the signature a cappella aspects that everyone generally Demon Divas looks forward to in a performance is watching to The other all women’s a cappella see who the soloist will be in each song. group on campus is none other than Instead of the director choosing the soloist, it’s the Demon Divas. Going on an 11- more of a group initiative. This results in a perforyear streak here at the university, the mance with which all members are pleased. group was established by four girls in “We audition for solos and vote on who should 1998 (the same year Minor Variation sing it,” Boles said. was founded). “Occasionally we will have various parts to the Instead of performing Christian solos or echos that need to be sung and the group music, the girls enjoy singing any- votes on that as well. If there is a tie vote, we will thing and everything. have a sing-off between the girls who got the most Ranging from contemporary to oldies votes and then vote again.” to ‘90s music, the group just likes to put toThe Demon Divas have released three albums: gether some fun pieces for everyone to hear. Downpour, Avid and Put it on. They are in the “We don’t really have a specific message we like process of planning a new album to be recorded to send...we just like to sing good music and have sometime this winter. fun doing it,” director and senior Michelle Boles “Come support the Demon Divas!” Boles said. said. Keeping a more low key performance schedAll three of these a cappella groups work so hard to put together their music and perform without instrumental accompaniment. Their golden pipes definitely get the job done in a very professional way. You can catch these groups around campus and in the community. Keep a look out for performances advertised around campus. As of now, Chi Rho has performed at Campus Grounds’ new “Hot Tuesdays” event. On Tuesday nights, the student-run coffee shop tries to arrange musical performances for students and staff to listen to while enjoying their coffee or studying. Definitely keep a close eye on their schedule, for you may be able to catch one of our wonderful a cappella groups while taking a study break. Regardless, these girls and guys know how to sing (and beat-box) their way into our community Photo: (left) courtesy of Minor Variation; (right) Haowei Tong/Old Gold & Black and our iPods.

Book Review | Waiting for the Barbarians

Novel examines moral and political problems By Sean Farrell | Contributing writer

Benjamin Franklin once stated, “They, who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Franklin understood that when citizens feel threatened by some hostile force or devastation they turn to their governments or authority, giving up their personal rights for security. Whether this is right or wrong is one’s own opinion, but the extremes of such actions can be detrimental. When Germany faced economic devastation,

Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor, and everyone knows the outcome of that. Despotic leaders all over the world have been elected or taken power over peoples who are frightened and looking for safety. This anecdote can be applied to our current affairs. Many would argue that recent action in response to attacks such as 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and violent incidents all over the world have made people so frightened that rights have been compromised. Think Patriot Act, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. At a time when terrorists and extremist militias are at the forefront of the political scene and in the minds of most Americans, the story found in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians finds an understanding audience in today’s world.

In Coetzee’s novel, fear grips a settlement on the frontier of an unnamed Empire due to a threat of a massive barbarian invasion. Because of this panic, imperial forces are sent to “question” natives surrounding the area, which in reality constitutes kidnapping and torture. Natives from surrounding areas are brought in against their will, tortured in terrible ways and only given mercy when they are too broken, or dead, to plead innocence. With all of these horrible things being done in the name of security, the antagonist, the Magistrate, stands by disagreeing with the actions but does nothing. He seems like a moral man, but he will not act to stop the crimes against humanity going on literally outside of his window. When the torturers leave the settlement, after extracting

“information” with undue force, the Magistrate battles his conscience. He continues to do so throughout the novel. The plot of the novel thickens when the Magistrate takes one of the native girls, who was tortured, into his home. The blind and crippled woman stays with the Magistrate for quite a while and he dotes on her, seemingly to relieve his guilt. A strange relationship develops and the Magistrate finds himself growing more and more resolved in his moral conscience. Eventually, he acts in what the Empire deems as outright rebellion and must face the consequences. All the while, the rumors place the barbarians ever closer to the gates. This novel does not simply hit home as a possible allegory for our own political climate, but it is a personal note for one of our

own university students. J.M. Coetzee’s great nephew is Antoine Charles Coetzee, a freshman at the university. Coetzee is a Nobel Prize winner for Literature, along with many other important prizes. He is a native South African, but he is now living in Australia. Waiting for the Barbarians is a novel that revolves around the idea of acting in a moral way, even when isn’t exactly convenient or lawful. The Magistrate stands against his Empire and is used by Coetzee to comment on humanity’s search for security at any cost. I suggest this novel for anyone who enjoys a deep commentary on life and can handle a startling plot. One side note – Waiting for the Barbarians contains some scenes of explicit sexuality and may not be enjoyed by those uncomfortable reading intimate accounts.

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She Said | Sex & the Campus

Guys should learn good habits now Strategery

President John Quincy Adams kept an alligator in the East Room.

For those who are celebrating the end of the last administration, Oliver Stone’s W. is coming out on DVD on Feb. 10. And maybe if you’re depressed about the new president, it will serve as a reminder of happier times. Stone intended to imitate the style of 2006’s The Queen. Although the movie as a whole was not extremely well-received by critics, most appreciated his portrayal of George W. Bush from his days at Yale to as recent as his 2004 State of the Union address.

Top 10 Tear-jerkers Consider one of these if you’re in the mood for a cry or if you just want another reason to be depressed before Valentine’s Day. These all will pull at your heartstrings whether it’s because they have to shoot Old Yeller or because Rose swears to “never let go.” 1. Titanic 2. Beaches 3. My Life 4. It’s a Wonderful Life 5. E.T. the Extraterrestrial 6. Romeo and Juliet 7. Gone With the Wind 8. Terms of Endearment 9. Ghost 10. Old Yeller

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I’ve noticed a disturbing trend lately: I go to a frat party with my friends and we start dancing in a group, having a good time. I do not ask boys, “Could you please come up behind me and try to dance with me?” Yet, all of a sudden, one appears and does not have the common courtesy to ask if I would like to dance with him, but instead jumps on the opportunity, as if it is almost his right to partake in awkward movement with me to any given frat boy song. This puts a slight damper on my fun night out with the girls. I want to be able to go out without the fear of random guys creeping into my personal space. I’m a big fan of keeping boundaries and, while I

realize that a lot of rules are broken at frat parties, this is one that I feel is important. In the future, I think I will consider wearing a sign with the warning “I have a boyfriend and you are a creeper anyway” inscribed in cute bubbly sorority girl letters on my back. The act of random dancing is a prime example of unacceptable boy behavior. Girls, we cannot let these trends continue. We need to start laying down the law before it is too late and these guys are 30 and still trying to pull this crap at a club. Because even if the random dancing borderline flies with college kids at a frat party, it’s not going to be so “legit” in the real world. First, there shall be absolutely no booty calls. If you answer someone’s booty call, you are announcing to that person that it is acceptable to call you at 2 a.m. on any given Saturday “just to hang out.” That guy will then turn to other guys and announce, “Hey, friends, booty calls are actually okay.”

Then, all of a sudden, all of my friends are putting their 2 a.m. calls on speakerphone and wondering why they keep getting these bizarre recommendations. As amusing as it is for me to hear a belligerent guy try to get one of my friends to walk all the way to his dorm in the freezing cold, I can’t help but be annoyed at the same time. Speaking of calls, there shall be no phone communication during a dinner date unless, you know, it’s really important. This behavior really makes me long for the days when cell phones were non-existent, though I guess that was before my time. Of course, it’s one thing to interrupt a lovely Pit dinner for a text about sports or something significant. It’s quite another to interrupt a quiet dinner at the Village Tavern by answering the phone, “Yo, dude, how’s Rock Band going?” That’s the mark of a tool. Tell him he can either get off the phone or else suffer the consequences. I’m sure you can think of plenty of consequences and so can he.

If he has any common sense, he’ll get off the phone and go back to praising you for how amazing you are. You shall not allow him to blow you off for no good reason or act all sketchy about his plans. No girl really wants a guy who enters into her life whenever he feels like it. Anyone with that mentality thinks he’s more important than everyone else. Not cool. Again, I’m a big fan of ultimatums. Though that may seem like too dramatic of a measure initially, consider that he is acting like a big drama queen himself by not agreeing to be honest with you. I don’t blame guys fully for these shortcomings/miniature failures at life. They simply need to be trained to be gentlemen. Also, thankfully, not all guys have committed these disturbing offenses. Now it is the duty of our gender to fix the rest of them.

“She Said” is a bi-weekly column that presents one girl’s perspective on the college sex scene. You may contact her with your feedback or ideas at werthr7@

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Movie Review | New in Town

Chick-flick fails to invent new plot By Aubrey Sitler | Staff writer

Check back each week to see what events Student Union is hosting at the university. Recruitment Info Meeting Monday, Feb. 9 5 p.m. Learn about the different Program Council and Executive positions. Open Mic Night Friday, Feb. 13 7 p.m. Benson Food Court Come out to the first Open Mic Night of the new year. To sign up, contact Nancy Spurkeland (

Drink of the Week Groundhog Shadow

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob, which means 6 more weeks of winter - as you can see by the snow outside your window. Ingredients: 1 oz melon liqueur 1 oz. tequila 4 oz. grapefruit juice 1 slice of lime 1 cherry Pour the melon liqueur, tequila and grapefruit juice over ice in a highball glass. Stir contents together and add the lime slice. Top it off with a cherry and serve.

Every year, there is one film that captivates audiences of all ages and backgrounds, earning praise from even the toughest of critics for its artful cinematic accomplishments. Although the year is still new in terms of contenders for this feat, I am confident that New in Town will not even come close to triumphing. In fact, considering that its opening night turnout at the 7:30 p.m. showing was a whopping thirty people, it will probably fade into oblivion before Brangelina adopts baby number seven. The film tells the story of Lucy Hill (Renée Zellweger), a stereotypically power-driven, careerobsessed woman focused on climbing her way to the top of a Fortune 500 company. She enjoys her luxuriNew in Town ous, highmaintenance Starring | Renee Zellweger and Miami lifeHarry Connick, Jr. style, and she Director | Jonas Elmer is in control Who’s it for? | Those who don’t of where her demand a lot of quality in their life is going. chick flicks How e v e r, when her Running Time | 1 hr. 37 min. career takes Rating | (out of 5) her to a rural town in Minnesota to restructure one of her firm’s manufacturing plants, and hopefully in turn prove to the president of her company that she is worthy of being his vice president, Lucy’s world is turned upside down. From the bitter winter weather to the incredibly “simple” people she finds surrounding her upon her arrival, none of it is quite what she expected. Throw into the mix a childish quarrel during her first Minnesota dinner between Lucy and Ted (Harry Connick, Jr.), the man who she ends up having to negotiate with for her company, and the classic boy-meets-girl scenario privy to the romantic comedy genre is established. However, in spite of their initial interactions, which can only be described as competitive, forced and painfully professional. Lucy and Ted are eventually brought together with the help of a blizzard, a mild crisis and some Ketel One. Throughout the story, Lucy begins to adjust to her new surroundings and starts to feel compassion for the place as well as the people she at one

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Lucy (Renee Zellweger) has a hard time adjusting to life in rural Minnesota after she is sent there for work, but Ted (Harry Connick, Jr.) helps her adjust. point abhorred and formerly dismissed as inconsequential. The film successfully reaches a new level of predictability when, after a particular sequence of events, she faces the ultimate question: does love or career conquer all? The actors’ performances were far from Oscarworthy, but I did enjoy Zellweger’s characterization, despite my usual apathy toward her performances. Her chemistry with Connick, Jr. was cute, even funny and refreshing at times. The rest of the cast created a cohesive ensemble that fit with the film. It was really the plotline that lacked any indication of innovation, thus causing the unexcitable nature of the movie. The characters all lack real substance beyond their stereotypical roles, such as the domestic secretary/ soccer mom, the rugged and wounded lumber-

jack manly man and the high maintenance career woman. There were no true quirks, no themes or twists that have not been tried extensively before in the genre. The obvious humor of the film was created in the dichotomization of Lucy’s Miami home versus her Minnesota home and its inhabitants, but there were times when the over-the-top portrayals of this supposed Minnesota simplicity in terms of the actors’ accents as well as the triviality of their conversations were really just reminiscent of Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impression. Any true chick-flick fan will enjoy the few moments of true humor and the almost charming ambiance of the film, but to all others I offer fair warning of 97 minutes of regrettable boredom and apathy. In the end, New in Town achieves nothing more than another romantic comedy whose plot, characters and spectacle make it mediocre at best.

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When in Venice | Notes from abroad

Discover the rewards of taking periodic day trips Kara Peruccio Senior columnist

It’s very easy while living in Venice to compare life here to life in the United States. Some of my best experiences so far have been day trips to other Italian cities. The beauty is to hop on a train, spend a few hours in a different city and then return with enough time left in the day to be able to Skype with family and friends, and finally fall asleep in my own bed. In the United States, day trips seem relatively uncommon for college students. Although we live near enough interesting cities, how many of us actually hop in a car and drive there? I’m certainly guilty of this. Back home in the States, I live within two hours of New York, Boston and Providence yet I do not go very often. What makes it so different for Americans abroad to leave their

comfort zone and venture into unexplored places? The answer is the train. Although Italian trains are quite efficient, the difficult task is determining which train to take. In Italy you have to navigate between Eurostar, InterCity, Intercity Plus, Espresso, Interregionale, Regionale and Diretto. These choices cause much confusion especially when deciphering departure and arrival information on a board at the station. Knowing the correct train is critical. It’s bad enough running to get on the train, just imagine finding out you had gotten on the wrong one, having to pay a hefty fine. We’re not talking U.S. dollars. Despite all the potential problems, when in Italy, one must travel as the Italians do and thus the students at Casa Artom are leaving the city. We’ve decided on day trips to Verona and Ferrara to take the Regionale. It’s the cheapest train, often taking longer by making stops at little stations along the way. It’s proven to be a great way to see different parts of the country. Aside from making friends with housemates, Casa Artom’s new

best friend is travel guru Rick Steves. In addition to pointing out good places to see, eat and stay, his guidebooks provide walking tours, information about the cities and helpful tips for those looking to save a buck. With Steves’ book in hand, we directed ourselves through Verona to all its major sites. A helpful hint for anyone planning on traveling to Europe is to find out if the cities you’re visiting have tourist passes. Generally the ones we’ve encountered in Italy get you free or reduced entrance to specific sites and free transportation around the city. The Verona Card was worth the 10 euro as it allowed us to explore the best Verona had to offer. We first visited the Roman arena, which offered impressive views of the city from the uppermost row. People also jump down into the pit and write notes in the sand. One of my housemates drew a “WF.” From the arena, we walked to the devotional column (literally a marble pole in the ground where people prayed), the Porta Borsari (the entrance to Verona during Roman times) and the Pozzo dell’Amore, or the well of love for non-Italian speakers. The

CD Review | The Feel Good Music of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele

Off-beat musician records playful tunes

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Dent May’s appearance can shock those who aren’t familiar with him, but his music usually wins listeners over. By JT Peifer | Contributing writer The first time I ever heard Dent May, I believe I was pulled into Nathan Bedsole’s room excitedly and ordered to sit, listen and enjoy. We were on YouTube, which usually leads me to believe there is an animal running into something, an adorable animated short or people being foolish as a sacrifice to the Internet. I had forgotten one category, and what played was a rather amazing music video, a la Dent May and his Magnificent Ukulele. I first giggled at the sight of the emaciated man with tight pants, crooning his strains of “O Paris!” I watched the entire video and was intrigued by his shtick, but I soon realized it was not a shtick at all. Dent May is Dent May; he is nothing but a musician who has certain flair when video-taped. Once I got that into my head, I began listening to a whole lot of Dent May’s music. At first listen, his music seems to be what one might hear in a dentist’s lobby: soft crooning accompanied by soft instrumentals. But after considering the lyrics, complimented the rather simple music, it becomes a much deeper experience. “College Town Boy” is a cynical look at college kids – wonderfully punctuated in his last line: “How does it feel, to be nothing, how does it feel to be nothing? I wouldn’t know.” Soon, a “thing” fell over my group of friends, and

I use “thing” to mean exactly the way it sounds. It was like dust collecting on a dresser; you don’t notice it until you run your hand across it, or even saliva gathering quietly in your mouth — you don’t realize it’s there until it is all there. Dent Mania took us all. Everywhere we drove, someone would be playing the Polynesian sounding “Santa Catalina” or the story of love found “At the Academic Conference.” Even on bike rides, Nathan and I would belt out the sweet sounds of “Meet Me in the Garden.” This is not me talking of course, but if you were able to insert Dent May lyrics into a conversation with a person with whom you desire to be romantically involved, you might as well spread red rose petals liberally on a luxurious king-sized bed. The wonderful thing about Dent May is his accessibility. It is not a difficult listen, and after enough repetitions of “I’m an Alchoholic,” you will find yourself singing along. Despite a rather simple instrument to present himself with, his ukulele provides a good plucky sound that underscores his playful songs. His new album, The Feel Good Music of Dent May and His Magnificent Ukulele, is a good listen anytime. Put it on shuffle in a good playlist, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised from time to time, or give the entire album a listen and have the little Mississippian boy stuck in your head the rest of the day.

well is perhaps the most original work of art I’ve ever seen. People come to the well with locks that have the names of people or things they love and lock them to different parts of the well. It’s quirky yet romantic at the same time and is something I will never forget. We climbed all 290 steps to the top of the Lamberti Tower, looked at paintings in the Church of Sant’Anastasia and the Cathedral of Verona, and toured the Castelvecchio, a medieval castle filled with paintings, statues, weapons and bells. The only disappointing place in Verona is its main tourist attraction, la Casa di Giulietta. It’s a tourist trap featuring some props and costumes from the Zeffirelli Romeo & Juliet, a balcony that was added much later than the house and a bronze statue of Juliet. As a fan of Shakespeare’s play, it is something to see but definitely not the best place in Verona. I strongly encourage people whether they are in Europe or in the United States to hop on a train or car and enjoy a day trip. It’s fun, it’s cheap and it is wonderful to return home after scaling towers, viewing priceless works of art and enjoying a day with your friends.

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Visitors attach locks with the names of loved ones to the Well of Love (above) in Verona.

CD Review | Merriweather Post Pavilion

Hipster band delves into pop By Nathan Bedsole | Contributing writer

Merriweather Post Pavilion, the newest full-length from Animal Collective, is one of the few records released in January that will make top-ten lists when we all make them in December. I always have trouble working in releases from early in the year into any kind of hierarchy of albums. I guess they get overshadowed by stuff that I am currently getting into and have not gotten tired of yet. However, this album is going to overshadow most any other release in the world of college radio this year. With their vinyl release of the album several weeks before the CD release, the world was nuts over this record long before most people could physically play it. Animal Collective has come a long way from being a noise band from Baltimore. With Merriweather Post Pavilion, not only have they created the soundtrack for 2009, but they’ve also altered how we all think about pop music. The album is incredibly accessible, but at the same time it can be listened to over and over again. Those familiar with Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and his solo record Person Pitch will see the similarities between these albums. Merriweather Post Pavilion, while it features lots of vocals by Avey Tare, consists of songs recognizable by Panda Bear’s loop-based writing style. This has allowed more and more listeners to get the album, as it does not feature any, and I use here a term coined by our station manager, “tribal freak-out songs,” as are found

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Animal Collective’s latest release is already a top contender for one of the best albums of 2009 with its accessable tracks. on their earlier releases featuring guitar parts. With a handful of ridiculously catchy and danceable numbers on the record, the album is impossible to ignore as having redefined pop music. As far as I am concerned, Animal Collective has made the record that is going to be remembered as defining this year, and perhaps even music to come in the next few years. As an Animal Collective fan for several years now, I can give into my indie snob side and say I like their older stuff better, but the impact that this record is having, and will have, is momentous. The only “downside” to this record is the fact that so many hipster-types are going to stop liking Animal Collective.

Some people just can’t like anything that someone else likes. Or, probably more accurately, that other people don’t not like. I hate these people. I’m still not mad at M.I.A. after Pineapple Express, and I really can’t hate Kimya Dawson after Juno, no matter how much I try. I am thrilled when musicians I’ve followed for years finally get the recognition (and paychecks) they deserve. If you haven’t heard this album, I really do recommend you go grab it. It’s got great tracks for being bundled up during this time of year and great tunes to bop around to once summer gets here again. In short, you aren’t going to regret this purchase in a week. Promise.

Upcoming events at Krankies/The Werehouse: 2/6 - Distrails, Ryan Gustafson, Willie Breeding, Mansions 2/12 - Piedmont Slam (spoken word) Hosted by Bob Moyer 2/13 – Pluck Dance Party – FNGBS, Terrance and the Tallboys 2/14 – Benefit: A Valentine for Ava 2/19 – Breast Cancer benefit and CD release and more 2/20 – Incredibility, Life like this, SubQ See for more details including information, times and ticket prices.

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Restaurant Review | B.L.L. Rotisserie Factory

Pizzeria offers lots of choices for small budget By Lauren Mahomes | Staff writer

ing room. The atmosphere is pleasantly warm and filled with chatter of bubbly Sometimes, I think we take authen- customers. It’s the type of place for Friday family ticity for granted, and to me, this is a night, as large groups are definitely enshame. Forget the college budget and tradi- couraged, but it’s also a nice spot for a tional diet, sometimes we need to es- comfortable dinner date for two. Put it cape. Sure you could go abroad, but a this way: plan your next relaxed birthmore cost-effective way would be to go day here. Once seated, to a restaurant servhowever, the menu ing authentic cuisine B.L.L. Rotisserie is a classic case of of your choice. too much for one And in these exFactory time. tremely special cases, Location | 380 Knollwood St. The options substitutes just won’t cut it because let’s Hours | 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Mon. - Sat. are almost overwhelming: salads, face it, you deserve Closed Sun. pastas, meats, seabetter. Serving | Italian food, pizza, etc. In the same way that Dress | Casual All the descripeating chips and salsa tions appear so doesn’t constitute a Price Range | $10 appetizing that by serious Mexican dish, (out of 5) the time you get boiling pasta and Rating | to their famous adding sauce doesn’t pizzas, they seem far too ordinary to make you an Italian chef. Although they serve Olive Garden be ordered. One thing’s for sure – they Italian, B.L.L. Rotisserie regards itself cover their bases. It’s hard to imagine any popular Italas the little pizzeria that could, but ian dish that they don’t serve, a perfect probably shouldn’t. B.L.L Rotisserie’s location is relatively venue for the pickiest of eaters. Pricing is also incredibly reasonable, invisible to the first timer, as if getting across the five point Stratford intersec- with most meals falling in the $10 range despite the complexity of the tion wasn’t difficult enough. But once inside, the IHOP pay-at- dish. The familiar dishes coupled with the the counter and kitchen view style unfortunately distract from the home- classic and authentic atmosphere prostyle jewel that lies within. It opens up vide the perfect circumstances for an to narrow seats and dim lighting only authentic meal; however,the taste can’t standards. to lead into a brighter and larger din- quite live up to these lofty ImagineQPbw


The food at B.L.L. Rotisserie Factory is enjoyable and reasonably priced for college students, but it will not satisfy any of those who seek an authentic Italian experience with their meal. The dishes are certainly of great quality, but, the flavors lack authenticity because of the inconsistent flavors. The dishes miss the balance that just comes natural to real Italian cuisine. The tastes are fresh individually and their combination is good, but not a walk through a kitchen in Italy. The service is especially accommodating, which makes the restaurant even more comfortable. I found the staff to be extremely attentive, cheerful and 3/13/06 2:58 PM Page 1


used to the college crowd. However, as the night got busier, the college groups seemed to be the first to experience cut corners. This type of behavior seems to only be apparent during busier times, so watch out for the Friday family night. PCorps_K4x5_SER_Make.pdf Sometimes, settling for food just won’t cut it. Sometimes the specific and unrelenting hunger you have for a genre of cuisine can’t and shouldn’t be satiated by

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an Americanized version. B.L.L Rotisserie is a spectacular pizzeria, but just missing the mark as a venue for authentic Italian cuisine. Realistically, expecting a real Italian meal outside of Italy is a bit reaching. So until you do take that trip abroad, get as close as you can with B.L.L Rotisserie. They even have a wall length mural to help you know what to expect when you see (and taste) the real thing.

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