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Berenhaut Summer in the Forest elected CUR councilor University departments offer viable job opportunities for students remaining on or around campus

By CeCe Brooks | Contributing editor

Kenneth Berenhaut, associate professor of mathematics, has been elected to a three-year term as councilor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) in the Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division. CUR is a national not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1978 whose mission statement is “to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.” The council governs the organization and elects an executive committee, which chooses a National Executive Officer, who manages the national office. CUR is associated with over 900 colleges and universities, most of which are liberal arts schools. It has seven disciplinary divisions and one at-large division. Berenhaut, the first university faculty member elected to the council, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Manitoba in Canada in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He received a second master’s in 1997 and a doctorate in 2000 in statistics from the University of Georgia. Berenhaut is editor in chief of Involve – a Journal of Mathematics, published by Mathematical Sciences Publisher through the University of California,

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One week after spring break, students and faculty will compete in the university’s first annual Trivia Tournament, sponsored by the university Quiz Bowl Team and the Student Activities Fund. The tournament has separate divisions for students and faculty, and the students will compete for a $1,000 first-place prize and a $500 second-place prize. Each team consists of one to four students who will answer questions covering various topics (mostly of an academic

Four top marine officials fired over jet crash Four top officials were relieved of duty on March 3 following the December crash of a fighter jet in a San Diego neighborhood. The commander and top maintenance officer of the squadron involved as well as two others have been fired due to deferred maintenance and faulty decisions. The jet crashed three miles short of the Miramar airfield in the University City neighborhood in San Diego. Two adults and two small children were killed when the jet crashed into their house.

Coast Guard ends search for missing boaters

By Ashton Astbury | Asst. news editor

Benson University Center In addition to serving as an alternative to the Pit for lunch or the standard location for meetings of on-campus organizations, Benson University Center provides numerous job opportunities for students seeking summer employment within the university. According to Kathy Arnett, associate director of Benson University Center, summer job positions include: Information Desk, responsible for answering the phone and transferring calls

Although the recent onslaught of inclement weather may seem to indicate otherwise, the summer season is still hovering on the horizon, and it will have inevitably entered full swing in two months time. For all of you out there still scrambling to finalize plans for summer employment, it is quite possible that you need look no farther than the university campus to unearth the ideal job, especially if you are already enrolled in a summer See Jobs, Page A6 semester at the university.

Quiz Bowl to offer generous prize By Lauren Dayton | Staff writer

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nature) in a style reminiscent of the television show Jeopardy. Spectators are encouraged to attend any and all events, particularly the final matches. The faculty competition will begin at 5 p.m. on March 18 in Benson Williford 401A and 409 and the finals will take place at 5 p.m. on March

23 in Annenberg Forum in Carswell Hall. So far, over 13 faculty teams have registered, spanning various academic departments as well as Facilities Management, Information Systems, Residence Life and Housing, the Provost’s Office, Vice President Zick’s Office and the ZSR Library. The student competition will be held March. 23-25. The first two days’ competitions will be held in the rooms on the fourth floor of Benson and the finals will take place from 5-6 p.m. on March 23 in Pugh Auditorium. The event’s organizers are expecting close to 32 teams, which will

be arranged in a traditional bracket with five rounds. “This tournament will be a new kind of activity hosted on campus. It has a different dynamic than past events, and we’re hoping to reach students in a fresh way,” senior Ross Williford, treasurer of the quiz bowl team, said. The quiz bowl team is a student organization that regularly travels to compete against other university teams and holds biweekly practices. In addition to sponsoring this year’s

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The Coast Guard ended its search on March 3 for three boaters that have been missing since March 1. The missing are Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, NFL free agent Corey Smith and former college football player William Bleakley. The fourth member of their party, Nick Schuyler, was found alive with the overturned boat. Family members of the missing thanked the Coast Guard for their efforts and will be organizing private search parties.

Obama overturns endangered species regulation On March 3, President Barack Obama overturned a regulation that threatened the Endangered Species Act that the Bush administration had issued shortly before George Bush left office. The regulation made it easier for federal agencies to launch projects that could affect wildlife without consulting government scientists. Obama suspended the regulation and will review it to see if it promotes the purposes of the Endangered Species Act.

Navy releases nine suspected pirates The U.S. Navy was forced to release nine of the sixteen suspected pirates it had been holding on a ship for a few weeks on March 2 owing to a lack of evidence. The U.S. detained the pirates after recognizing a ship described by the captain of an Indian-flagged ship that had been in distress.

Convocation remembers past, celebrates milestones By Haowei Tong | Asst. photo editor

The Founders’ Day Convocation ceremony held on Feb. 26 in Wait Chapel commemorated the 175th anniversary of the university with a service rich in history and tradition. Anthony Parent, professor of history, delivered the keynote address titled “Weathering Wake, The African-American Experience.” His talk delivered a valuable outline of black history at the university since integration in the 1960s. He discussed academic, athletic and social breakthroughs. In particular, Parent highlighted Larry Hopkins’ winning 1970 touchdown with an enchanting audio clip and emphasized Maya Angelou’s reverence for the university’s racial journey with a quote from her book, Letter to my Daughter. Parent also provided a plethora of stirring and mixed reviews of the university. As he noted, racism has not been limited to latent sentiments: professors have wrongly accused students of cheating based on race and Greek organizations have celebrated the confederate flag. For a period, Student Health Services sent STD tests to black athletes only, and portions of the student body sang “Dixie” on the Quad. Conversely, the university has gradually become a champion in racial integration. Vice president and dean of student services Harold Holmes was heralded as a powerful instrument of progress. He was ap-

pointed the university’s first black dean in 1987 and has advocated for equal employment opportunity. In 1993, the university hired Jim Caldwell, the first black coach in the ACC. Other university figures were honored during the ceremonies. The Medallion of Merit, the highest award for service to the university, was presented to Richard H. Dean and Marvin D. Gentry. Dean is president emeritus of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and has played an integral role in its development. Gentry is the former president, CEO and chair of the board of Fortis Homes, one of the region’s largest home builders. He is a lifetime member of the Board of Trustees and spearheaded the integration of the School of Medicine and the Baptist Medical Center. Christian Miller, assistant professor of philosophy, was the recipient of two awards: the Award for Excellence in Research and the Reid-Doyle Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Just last year, Miller published four articles in leading journals in his field. A clear favorite of his students, Miller teaches both divisional and upper-level courses. Martin Guthold was also a recipient for the Award for Excellence in Research. Since joining the faculty in 2001, Guthold has earned more than $1 million in funding.

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Poet Maya Angelou to teach class again in March The humanities department announced that Professor Maya Angelou will resume teaching her spring course this semester, HMN 337 World Poetry in Dramatic Performance (1.5h), from 3 to 5 p.m. on March 23, 25 and 30 and April 1, 3, 4 and 6, followed by a final performance at 3 p.m. April 7 in Brendle Recital Hall. Only a few seats will be available. Students who are interested in adding the course should go in person to the administrative assistant for the humanities, Alice Goodman, in Room B6 Tribble Hall between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to obtain an application form and further instructions.

Calloway School ranks 14th among top business schools On Feb. 26, BusinessWeek magazine announced its fourth annual ranking of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools,” placing the Calloway School of Business and Accounting 14th on its 2009 list of top undergraduate business schools in the United States. The university tied for first place in academic quality and showed strong positive momentum, improving its overall rank by seven spots over 2008. Visit undergraduate for more information.

Charity run for leukemia to take place in Tanglewood Park On Saturday, March 7, the Winston-Salem area Chick-fil-A restaurants are sponsoring a 3K and 5K Charity Run to benefit Matheson Barber, a 5-month-old boy recently diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. The run will take place at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons, and begin at 10 a.m. Those interested in participating can register in advance for $20 per person at any WinstonSalem, High Point or Kernersville Chick-fil-A restaurant or on the day of the event starting at 9 a.m.

University hosts conference to rethink college admissions With the goal of addressing the latest research on standardized tests for college admissions and explore alternative ways of evaluating applicants, economists, sociologists and other higher education experts will join admissions directors from the nation’s most selective universities in Benson University Center April 15 and 16. The national conference, “Rethinking Admissions,” is free and open to the public.

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TACKLING HEALTH TABOOS Amphetamine use runs rampant

Misuse of Adderall to enhance achievement can have deadly results

By Daniel von Hoogstraten | Contributing writer It was finals week and James had an exam in the morning. He had not started studying. He was desperate. He had learned about Adderall from his roommate, who had a prescription, and decided if there was ever a time to take it, this was it. This was three years ago. James, now a senior, whose name has been changed to protect his privacy, acknowledges that this was the beginning of his dependence, bordering on addiction, to Adderall. “Whenever I have a test, a paper, or even a lot of work, I feel like I need Adderall,” James said. “If I can’t get it, I kind of panic.” Adderall, an amphetamine, is a drug prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), neurobiological developmental disorders that significantly affect self-control, behavior, cognition and learning. When properly prescribed by a physician, Adderall has proven to be extremely effective in treating such disorders; however, college students without such disorders, like James, are increasingly consuming this prescription stimulant to heighten concentration during study sessions, risking serious side effects and unknown long-term consequences. A study published in the journal Addiction surveyed 11,000 college students about prescription drug use. It was found that 7% of college students had used Adderall or a similar drug without a prescription, and they fear that this number is rapidly increasing. The Drug and Misuse The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a warning label on all amphetamines, including Adderall. The label reads as follows: “Amphetamines have a high potential for abuse. Administration of amphetamines for prolonged periods of time may lead to drug dependence… Misuse of amphetamine may cause sudden death and serious cardiovascular adverse events.” People who use the drug without prior evaluation by a qualified medical professional put themselves at enormous risk. The most serious side effect of Adderall misuse is cardiac arrest. Health Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the FDA, pulled Ad-

derall off the market in February 2005 because of 20 international reports of unexpected Adderall related casualties, 14 of which were children. Later that year, after further investigation, the drug was allowed to return to the market, but with added warnings pertaining to structural heart abnormalities. Adderall also has the potential for numerous other side effects, especially for non-prescribed users. Such side effects of misuse include insomnia, appetite suppression, dry mouth, mood instability and agitation, and less commonly depression, visual hallucinations, high blood pressure, urinary tract infection, seizures and the potential for the misuse to develop into addiction. According to the FDA, Adderall is a type 2 drug and it is therefore illegal to use without prescription from a physician. Despite the illegality, some students obtain the drug from their prescribed peers or by falsely claiming ADD and ADHD symptoms to physicians. National studies have found that Adderall is misused primarily for increased focus while studying, but also for a number of other reasons, including euphoric effects, energy boosts, increased effects of alcohol when partying and weight loss. According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), non-medical use of prescription medications, namely Adderall, represents the second most common form of illicit drug use among college students, second only to marijuana. “Misuse is defined as taking the medications for purposes other than their intended use and can lead to serious problems,” writes the ACHA. Adderall at the university The scene at the ZSR Library one week before exams is a sight to behold. Students bent over tables, staring into computer screens and books, motionless except for fingers vigorously typing or eyes darting across the pages of infinitesimally small print in textbooks. Every face is painted with a look of concentration. One can’t help but ask themselves, what are they on? Some consume coffee as if it’s their lifeblood. Others are just naturally focused because they know exam week means crunch time. Unfortunately for some, it’s Adderall. James is not alone. Adderall has taken hold across the campus. “Caffeine can keep me awake, but Adderall keeps me awake and actually makes me concentrate,” an anonymous female senior said. Students at the university who

have used Adderall without a prescription have requested anonymity because not only is it illegal, but also because the school’s judicial system carries as harsh a punishment – possible expulsion – for unprescirbed Adderall use as it does for illegal drug use. Many students believe that the drug is widely taken by students who are not prescribed, and opinions surrounding its use are mixed. “I’m disgusted by the amount of Adderall use at Wake,” senior Craig Wallace said. “It does not keep the integrity of academia. It’s like I’m competing with a bunch of cheaters.” Senior Buck O’Leary said he doesn’t have a problem with the misuse of Adderall, but that he had a bad personal experience when a friend gave it to him to study. “I was up all night because I had taken it, and I got like a 60 percent on the test because I couldn’t recall the information,” O’Leary said. “It was one of the worst experiences of my life.” Other students, both with prescriptions and without, credit Adderall with helping them focus and improving their grades. “It’s amazing,” senior Chris Kavanagh said. Kavanagh has a prescription for Adderall. “It makes work seem interesting when it usually wouldn’t be. It’s really helped me become a better student and a more focused person.” Academic pressures at the university, a top-30 ranking national institutions, undoubtedly contribute to the little known but prevalent issue. Despite extensive studies indicating the contrary, a popular student belief exists that professors practice a certain level of grade deflation, especially compared to other top universities. To keep up with these pressures and academic rigor, many students have been prescribed Adderall, while others obtain it without a prescription. Cecil Price, a university physician, believes the drug is most commonly misused at the university to stay awake and focused for extended study periods. “Sometimes when I have a big test or a paper to write I’ll take Adderall. I think a lot of people are in the same boat,” an anonymous senior said. “So many people are prescribed that you can usually get it for free.” During freshmen orientation, each new student is required to fill out a survey to gauge health behaviors. After the first semester, they take the same survey. The purpose is to gauge

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the school’s effect on a student’s health. One of the questions measures how frequently each student uses amphetamines. The fall 2007 survey found that 97% of students had never used the drug. A semester later, the spring 2008 found that 93% of students had never used the drug. This suggests that 4% of students used amphetamines during their first semester at the university. However, the wording of the question may have made that number unrealistically low. The question labels amphetamines as “diet pills, speed, meth, crank,” and does not include the term Adderall. Labeling in this way potentially misleads the students if they aren’t aware that Adderall falls under the category. Additionally, since it is just a freshman poll, the statistics are not representative of the wider student body. A lack of solid statistics does not indicate a lack of abuse and should not prevent students from seeking solutions to their addictions. Students who misuse the drug or are addicted, or know someone with such a problem, must know where to get help. Student Health Service can be reached at ext. 5218, and the University Counseling Center can be reached at ext. 5273. All calls are confidential.

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Berkeley. The journal highlights research co-authored by faculty and students. His own research includes 12 published works co-authored with undergraduate students, 35 works co-authored with graduate students and

one co-authored with a Winston-Salem area high school student. He received a $20,000 grant from the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics in 2008. Berenhaut joined the university faculty in 2000. Some of the classes he teaches are Elementary Probability and Statistics, Multivariate Analysis,

Calculus and Elementary Theory of Numbers. Berenhaut researches applied probability, discrete dynamics and mathematical and statistical models, as well as number theory and matrix inequalities. He serves on more than a dozen editorial boards and was the recipient of the 2007 Wake Forest University Excellence in Research Award.

POLICE BEAT • University Police responded to 72 calls from Feb. 23-March 1, including eight incidents and investigations and 64 service calls. The following is a summary of the incidents and investigations.


• Cash totaling $241 was reported stolen from an unlocked safe in Starbucks in Z. Smith Reynolds Library between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 23. • An ARAMARK employee’s cell phone valued at $100 was reported stolen from an unsecured office in Reynolds Library between 1:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 23.

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• An unidentified man broke a glass pane in the entry door to Johnson Residence Hall March 1. A witness said the man left after opening the door for an unidentified woman who entered the building.

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The ceremonies on Feb. 26 featured numerous speakers and focused on the African-American experience at the university.

The graduate schools also presented a few awards. Blake Morant, dean of the School of Law, presented the Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award to Christine Couglin, who specializes in healthcare law and bioethics. Steve Reinemund, dean of Babcock and Calloway Schools, presented the Kienzle Teaching Award to Charles Iacovou, associate professor of management and senior associate dean at the Babcock School. University president Nathan Hatch recognized several of the university’s winning sports teams. The men’s soccer team, a perennial powerhouse, played its third straight College Cup this year. In addition, Coach Jay Vidovich was named NCAA Division I men’s national coach of the year for the second consecutive year. The football team, which played its third straight bowl game this year, was also in attendance. The women’s field hockey team’s impressive record was acknowledged, as was the men’s tennis team’s record. Twenty-nine students were inducted into the Mortar Board, a national honor society recognizing college seniors for excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Members of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, were also recognized at the service.

By Elliot Engstrom | Managing editor

The North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL), an interreligious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research, recently elected Jill Crainshaw, academic dean and associate professor of ministry studies at the university, as its president. Crainshaw has already been a member of the NAAL for 12 years. “I am pleased to represent Wake Forest in this leadership position,” she said. “I never imagined when I studied religion at Wake Forest from 1980-1984 with Fred Horton, Carlton Mitchell and others that the path would lead me back to Wake Forest to teach and beyond that to work with the wonderful professionals in the NAAL.” She has not yet officially taken on the role of the academy’s presidency. At the next annual meeting of the NAAL, she will give the keynote address to an expected 300 attendees. She then will officially become the president of the organization.

In this role, Crainshaw, will plan and lead the annual meeting for 2010, which will take place in San Francisco, Calif. “Approximately 300 persons attend each meeting, at which liturgical scholars, architects and artists present papers and share research and scholarship related to Christian and Jewish Worship,” she said. “Between meetings, I will work with the executive team to consider the broader work of the academy related to liturgy and worship.” A graduate of the university and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Crainshaw earned her doctorate in homiletics and liturgical theology from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. In 1987, she was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Crainshaw has a wide variety of research interests, including feminist perspectives on church leadership, vocational formation for

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event, they have also hosted their own intercollegiate and high school tournaments. Quiz bowl competitions test a broad range of academic knowledge including literature, history, science, fine arts and social sciences. The group practices on Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. in Carswell 118. The group was founded in 1995 but experienced a period of inactivity in the late 1990s. For

the past four years, the group has grown and now has a roster of 14 members. Last year the team attended five competitions, including the National Academic Quiz Tour Championship at Washington University in St. Louis. It was the group’s first time at nationals. Last fall, they hosted a tournament on Oct. 11 called “The Headmaster Thursby’s Cornish Game Hen Extravaganza.” This tournament had both a college bracket and a master’s bracket open to non-collegiate players and involved 18 teams from nearby col-

leges (including University of Maryland, College Park; University of Virginia; Virginia Commonwealth University; Carnegie Mellon; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Duke, and Case Western). The quiz bowl team is led by Williford and senior and club president Jacob Bathanti and is coached by Robert Whaples, chair of the economics department. Williford has been responsible for organizing the Trivia Tournament. Club membership is open to all students regardless of major or class year (graduate students

included) and membership is not contingent upon a try-out. “Part of our reason for hosting the tournament is to get our name out to the community, since few students are aware that the university even has a quiz bowl team,” Williford said. “The tournament is also a way for us to give back to the larger community.” Students can still register to participate, but applicants are strongly encouraged to sign up before spring break in order to ensure a spot in the bracket.


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admission into the university. In the school year of 1988 to 1989, the mean GPA was a 2.84. Now, the mean GPA is a 3.21, which is an increase of 0.4 percentage point. It is important to consider that Wake’s admission standards have increased significantly in the past decade or two. The university has become more prestigious, thus drawing more applicants than ever before. Because our campus is small, we have the privilege of being selective. We have some of the brightest kids from this country and around the world at this school, which is great, but it also means that more students will be receiving A’s and B’s in classes that have maintained the same level of difficulty. Although we complain, there is perhaps a good outcome from the rigor of our school which is not instantaneous but is farreaching. We may have lower GPAs than our friends who go to state schools, but at least we can take solace in the fact that we will be well prepared for the “real world” when we graduate. Padded GPAs may be quick paths to popular jobs, but having to fair those tough courses whose average grades are in the low seventies — only those three kids in the front gets A’s — means that our graduates will be prepared to take challenges and difficulties in stride after their lives at Wake Forest. We will be accustomed to taking the good with the bad and capable of enduring both success and failure as they cross our paths, while our friends who are collecting state school A’s like baseball cards may not be prepared.

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Tough academics spark controversy s the economy worsens and job opportunities are becoming far less available, students at the university, as well as people all over the United States, are anxious about the future. Day after day, we work tirelessly in order to get the best GPAs possible, but sometimes it seems like our efforts are in vain. Why are our friends at state schools having a relatively easy time getting close to a 4.0, while many of us have difficulties making it to a 3.0? Not to even mention the new standard set for the Dean’s List. Are employers going to know that our academics are harder than those at other universities? What about graduate schools and professional schools — do they know how hard the professors are here? It is frustrating that many people outside of the south are unfamiliar with Wake Forest and its difficult curricula. Having to explain to friends and family that we don’t go to that other Illinois school with the word “Forest” in it makes us sceptical of our national prestige. Even more, there is no such thing as an easy major here. Everyone works hard; after all, we are called “Work Forest” for a reason. We are still upset that the Dean’s List requirement was raised to a 3.4, because many students with a slightly lower GPA deserve recognition for their hard work. On the surface, it does seem like Wake Forest has grade inflation, but with the applicant population growing, competition for the same amount of spots means that applicants must be of higher caliber in order to gain

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Quick Quotes ” I don’t think there is anybody in history that has got on board a Ryanair aircraft with less than a pound.’” - Ryanair’s chief executive, Michael O’Leary, on why it is acceptable that they are considering a charge of one pound to use the bathroom on their airplanes.

Ec-O-pinions | Greener Thinking

Power Shift fails to meet expectations reached a stalemate, a gridlock that doesn’t at all begin to achieve the mutually-acknowledged necessary change. What was much more remarkable was how this march was touted as a success the following morning. In order to define “success,” one needs a goal and a measure against that goal. There was no goal and, I opine, no Lacey Robinson success. Old Gold & Black columnist To be clear, I’m not condemning nonviolent direct action employed in every situation in which it was and is employed. or $35, virtually anyone could In fact, it has achieved remarkable buy tickets to multiple concerts historical “success” vis-à-vis the Civil by presently famous music idols, Rights Movement under M.L.K. It still five classes of her choice from hundreds has the potential to do so today but is of options, about a dozen lectures by consummately abused to the extent that notable speakers such as Nancy Pelosi, it entails the horizontal abuse of astute and three exhaustingly full days of fun in D.C. These rewarding features comprised environmentalists. I, at least, can attest to the fact that Power Shift 2009, the historically largest I’m unnerved by my association as a conference concerning climate change, scathing critic of all things capitalist, with about 12,000 people in attendance. lawful, carnivorous and sanitary — all of It seems like such a deal, but my these ascribed to me by my obnoxious following argument bolsters the axiom counterparts. “You get what you pay for.” Another example of how antiWhile Power Shift was, in fact, everything entails “antia rewarding success”: protests against opportunity, it the Duke Energy Cliffside was an experience What was much more remark- project, a project to build riddled with many a new coal energy facility. problems. Not only able was how this march Yes, it’s a reasonable was the conference was touted as a success the criticism of any about twice the following morning. In order environmentalist that size of the first to define “success,” one needs coal is not optimal. conference and thus However, many foolhardy more crowded, but a goal and a measure against environmentalists certain workshops this goal. gleefully rally at any were later canceled.


The salient problem with Power Shift was that it imbued overweening ambition in many of the attendees; the conference engendered a myopic groupthink among the alarmist environmental activists. Their opportunism vastly undermined the efforts of the others that attended the conference to gain an intellectual understanding of the problems of and solutions to environmental concerns. Saturday night, the conference boasted exciting, unique opportunities for its attendees. After Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Congressman Ed Markey delivered impressive, though perhaps vacuous, political messages, famed hip-hop group The Roots played — all according to schedule. Quite suddenly, a bold energy filled the air, and thousands of impetuous teenagers, college students and adults marched to the White House. What for? Nothing. This is exactly what has happened to the environmental movement at large. Nothing. This is not a recent phenomenon. Zealous environmental activists and intellectual environmentalists have

opportunity to protest Cliffside, getting off on the thrill of risking confrontation and incarceration. While giving undue attention to the possibility of being able to call cops “pigs,” they do not give due attention to objectivity. They never considered the fact that Duke closed a dirtier plant and replaced it with Cliffside, never considered practical alternatives to suggest to Duke in a civil fashion, and have thus rendered each one of us in the environmental community a tactless buffoon. Sure, there are political, business and social decisions made in the world each day that are not favorable. Moreover, there are many flagrantly crass environmental and social injustices in the world. Yes, get mad. But, do so productively. Those injustices don’t occasion juvenile energies to flow unchecked. Rallying, chanting, intimidation, vandalism and cop-hating destruction is not creation in this context. Lacey Robinson is a senior political science major from New Bern, N.C.

“” “This cat was just dazed. She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the Humane Society.” - Sgt. Andy Stebbing of Omaha, Neb., describing a cat who was forcefully subjected to the inhalation of marijuana through a bong-like contraption by 20-year-old Acea Schomaker.

“” “The intention is to change the environment in a positive way ... so nobody feels threatened or intimidated. I did not say Barry Manilow is a weapon of mass destruction.” - Central City Business Association manager Paul Lonsdale, of Wellington, New Zealand, explaining the rationale behind playing Barry Manilow at the central mall.

“” “There have been over 8,000 books about The Beatles, but there has never been serious academic study and that is what we are going to address. Forty years on from their breakup, now is the right time and Liverpool is the right place to study The Beatles.” - Mike Brocken, senior lecturer in popular music at Hope in Liverpool, defending the new, and already very popular, Beatles major offered at Liverpool Hope University.

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Basketball players should stay in school Players need to get a full education, enjoy university experience before the NBA

Alex Osteen

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hen Wake Forest recruits great basketball players, they either play here for all four years or they don’t. They’re either a Tim Duncan or a Chris Paul. I argue that it’s a positive life decision to stay and play in college until graduation. Let’s be honest here. NBA players usually get paid anywhere from $5 to $20 million a year. Money is important and enticing, and that’s what it seems to boil down to.

When faced with a choice between millions of known for our intimate fan section both on dollars and another couple years of studying in campus and off. between practice sessions and games, it’s hard to A cool thing about our university is that our resist the dough. athletes are not tucked away in far-off facilities But money is not everything in life and, if the like at bigger schools; they mingle with us NBA is in your future, you’ll have a lot of it by normal kids. the end either way. I think that somebody who Even though our star players are far from chooses the instant cash is really normal, being recognized losing out on a lot. nationally for their stellar First off, college is fun; some talent and all, I think they But money is not everything people say it’s the best time of have the chance to fit in here in life and, if the NBA is in your life. like at few other schools. It’s When you’re a star, when safe to say, at least, that the your future, you’ll have a your education is free and NBA cannot offer anything lot of it by the end either when you get to play a game close to the family affection way. I think somebody who that you love all the time, I’ll that Wake Foresters show our chooses the instant cash is bet that fun is only multiplied. team. I know there’s a lot of sweat Another thing is that I really losing out on a lot. and hard work involved, but it’s know Dino and his staff don’t all got to pay off after a big win get paid the big bucks for or after you reach 2,000 friends nothing. on Facebook. Players get progressively better as they practice It doesn’t make sense to rob yourself of the with Papa Gaudio, and that’s no coincidence. college experience. You have plenty of time to There are benefits of staying and learning experience the “real world” later. from such a caring coach that will pay off in the Secondly, it’s pretty much a fact that we are long run. a big family at Wake Forest and that we have a You can be good and stay on at college. special place in our hearts for our players. We’re History proves that.

Hansbrough has stayed on with Roy Williams all four years (unfortunately for the rest of us in the ACC). Redick didn’t abandon Coach K until he finally graduated (although some of us wish that he had). Most important though, let’s not forget my man Tim Duncan who is arguably the best all around person in the NBA right now. He didn’t leave Wake Forest early and Winston-Salem has since named a boulevard after him. (The name has since been changed). What I’m really trying to explain is that there’s got to be something special about playing ball at college, something that the impersonality of the NBA can never match. It makes sense to live it up and make it last. The NBA will still be there after graduation. Also, a degree from Wake Forest is not worthless. Everyone should aspire to have a college degree. Finally, I would think that if for no other reason, the chance to revel in huge victories over UNC and Duke another couple times would be incentive enough to stay. Alex Osteen is a senior economics and Spanish major from Highlands. N.C.

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Facilities changes bring excitement Alex Vaccaro Guest columnist


ast spring, the newly elected executive board of Student Government made a promise to the student body to increase transparency and communication, striving to effectively promote SG initiatives across campus. In an effort to honor this commitment, SG is working to explicitly address and publicize answers to constituent concerns. As the representative of the entire student body, SG works on many issues that never receive adequate publicity, mostly because they fail or are deemed trivial. However, in furthering the promise of open and frequent communication, this column will serve to tackle several of these issues on a biweekly basis. In a recent meeting with Jim Alty, the associate vice president of Facilities and Campus Services, SG addressed several constituent concerns.

A variety of improvements are being planned for the very near future: The water tower should begin being painted in April, with plans in place to be complete before commencement. The tower will include the trademark WFU athletic logo. On a similar note, a committee including the SG president has been formed and is working on the programming elements for the new Rec Center. A plan will be submitted soon, but there is not a timeline in place as funding has not been allocated. The plan calls for a 100,000 square foot facility. There is a plan in place to install a covered bus stop in freshman parking. The structure will include new lighting and will be located in the upper lot. Additional lighting has been installed across campus — new lights were placed near Student Health and North Campus apartments. There is more lighting that is yet to be installed behind Martin. Other changes to expect upon arrival in the fall include the completion of renovations on Benson and the North Campus apartments (new roads, trash cans, and lighting) and construction beginning in the fall of a new residence hall and a new admissions office.

Various concerns regarding Tribble have been addressed, including the lawn mowers outside the building during classes and plans for the building over the summer. The grounds crew is aware of peak class periods; however, if the noise is disruptive, the best thing to do is graciously ask the individual to move locations for the duration of the class period. In terms of summer renovations, there are plans to add new lighting and new furniture. Also, DeTamble Auditurium will receive needed upgrades. General campus concerns have received attention as well. Many speed bumps were removed, and new crosswalks will be painted in their place in the near future. Because many of the existing trees on the Main Quad have incurable cancer, there is an existing four-year, systematic plan to replace them. There are not any long term goals to fix the drainage problem on campus as the fix is very expensive and not a top priority. More information about facilities issues can be found on the SG Web site ( or through any SG legislator. SG looks forward to addressing your future concerns. Alex Vaccaro is a senior business major from Matthews, N.C.

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H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. All of these presidents formed proposals and passed acts that addressed the environmental problems of the time. However, Nixon, Bush Sr., and Bush Jr. reconciled their environmental policies in order to uphold and progress the economic climate, meaning that these presidents did Anna Butler what they could to respect both the Guest columnist environmental and economic needs of the American people. balance between the use The Republican approach to the of natural resources and environment becomes muddled protecting and conserving because of its association with the environment has always been a the economy. A Republican concern in American environmental environmental policy entails policy. conservation that coincides There’s really no other way to say harmonically with economic it though: Republicans fathered preservation and escalation. responsible conservation. Republicans simultaneously As Republican president Theodore endeavor to let both the economy Roosevelt voiced — almost and environment flourish. This prematurely considering modern enterprise of environmental and circumstances — “Conservation is economic harmony has become a a great moral issue, for it involves paradoxical struggle in an economy the patriotic duty of insuring the dependent upon industry that harms safety and continuance of a nation.” the environment with its production Roosevelt founded the first national outputs. park along with countless wildlife The Republican plight is thus one preserves, setting a precedent of of attempting to uphold national responsibility for the land entrusted economic prosperity with the least to the United States of America. In possible effect upon the environment. this same vein, conservation serves as Current Republican environmental the root of Republican environmental action suggests solutions, especially policy, as it has for over a century. in association to energy crises and Conservation is a natural concept polluted water and air, that put for Republicans forward environmental when examining requirements a traditional and restrictions A Republican environmental Republican point for businesses. policy entails conservation of view. The Republicans that coincides harmonically admiration of the advocate incentiveAmerican land and with economic preservation based programs its potential serve that encourage and escalation. as longstanding businesses to lessen Republican values, their consumption and Republicans of natural resources intrinsically try to preserve such and to reduce their toxic emissions. values. Republicans also identify the Such proposals open the economy reliance of the United States’ future to continued growth that benefits upon its natural resources. Private the environment and, in turn, the ownership of land comes into play as American people. one of the most important Republican Who among us does not want clean standards, since private ownership air and fresh water? has proved itself to be one of the best Republicans aim to allow economic ways to ensure the safety of natural growth, all the while ensuring resources. that producers realize the benefits Republican efforts geared toward the of conservation. For instance, preservation of private property ensure Republicans approve of the new not only the Fifth Amendment rights mercury-based, environmentally of any United States citizen but also friendly light bulbs that were further protection of the environment. mandated to be the only light bulbs in The venerable American foundations the coming years. of liberty and independence assist Though they cost more to purchase in upholding a Republican plan for initially, these light bulbs will cost environmental conservation. By consumers significantly less in the making environmental stewards of long run because of their long life its citizens, America guarantees more and energy efficiency. Republicans enduring resources. see that, with advancements in Now, to shatter the misconceptions, technology, a pro-environment and the rumors, the myths about pro-business agenda go hand-in-hand Republican environmental policy in upholding healthy conservation. (or lack there of, as some believe). By preserving resources and Republicans do, in fact, care about systematically reducing pollutant the environment, as demonstrated output, the Republicans have a plan through the Republican stance on to ensure an American future. conservation. As Russell Kirk said, “Nothing is Additionally, Republicans recognize more conservative than conservation.” scientifically-proven reckless and And, honestly, nothing could be more wasteful practices involving land, air important to our generation than the and energy and, accordingly, actively conservation of our environment. seek solutions to these problems. Take, for instance, not only Theodore Anna Butler is a sophomore from Roosevelt, but Richard Nixon, George Austin, Texas.


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to all departments on campus, managing lost and found items, providing information to visitors on campus and maintaining key log books for campus organizations and visiting groups; office assistant, charged with assisting in the scheduling of rooms in Benson, filing and ticket sales in the summer months; set-up crew, instrumental in the setting up and breaking down of all Benson rooms for meetings and conferences; and Copy Center, responsible for assisting the Copy Center manager with daily operations. Junior Emma Causey worked as an office assistant in the Benson administrative office during last summer where she booked rooms and helped keep the office running smoothly, in addition to working extended hours at the information desk, doing what she described as “helping to direct traffic in the buildings and opening/closing the building for different events.” Causey chose to pursue a summer job at the university because she was interested in earning money while participating in Summer Session I for the Calloway School of Business’ Summer Management Program. “Because I had worked at Benson during my sophomore year, I knew they needed summer employees, and I figured I could do something I was already a little bit familiar with and earn money after class,” Causey said. Similarly, sophomore Alex Knopes spent the previous summer working as a Benson office assistant, as well as at the information desk, while he took summer classes at the university. In addition to citing the convenient location, flexible hours and great job atmosphere as benefits of being a Benson employee, Knopes also recognized the financial perks of his summer job.

“It’s never a bad thing to make a few extra dollars,” Knopes said. “Since there is no meal plan during the summer, food on campus gets super expensive. I worked around this by working during the summer.” Applications for Benson summer employment are currently available in the administrative office, Benson Room 335, or for download at, and must be submitted no later than March 31. For more information concerning employment offered by Benson for summer 2009, as well as job opportunities for the 2009-2010 academic year, visit benson/jobs.

vious semester and decide to work over the summer as well. Although hours vary by department, they generally tend to follow the library’s schedule. Junior Jessica Armstrong began working at the ZSR Library the summer before her freshman year through a program that allows high school students to work at the university for the summer. She has remained a library employee ever since, working at both the Circulation and Exit desks. “I sometimes get to do my homework as I am working,” Armstrong said. “Also, the managers are very understanding of issues that come up where school has to come first; the library makes sure that ZSR Library school comes For students “Those of us who work in admis- first because sions never take a break, even who happen to that is what we hold Z. Smith are here for.” after the next freshman class Reynolds LiApplications is admitted and the summer brary in high refor employmonths roll around.” gard as a haven ment at the Z. or model enSmith Reynolds Dawn Calhoun vironment for library are curAssociate Director of Admissions adapting good rently available work ethic, staat http://zsr. tus as a summer employee at the e mpl oy me n t / library may be an appealing way to students/application. There is no spend the summer season. deadline for the application, but Kristen Morgan, assistant direc- students are encouraged to apply tor at the ZSR Library, commented early because hours tend to fill up on the various positions available very quickly. for students interested in summer For additional information reemployment at the ZSR Library. garding the various positions “Positions vary by department available for students interested in and range from responding to pa- summer employment at the ZSR tron requests, staffing the reference Library, visit and exit desks, troubleshooting about/employment/students. computer problems, retrieving and delivering library material, sorting Office of Admissions and shelving, physical preparation Although some students may of items for circulation to serving as never want to hear the word “adcoffee baristas in Starbucks,” Mor- missions” again after the complegan said. tion of their grueling college apAccording to Morgan, the library plication process, the university’s employs an average of 60 students Office of Admissions does indeed each summer. offer summer job opportunities. However, preference is given to According to Dawn Calhoun, the students who worked the pre- associate director in the Office of

Admissions, the admissions office offers summer employment for students interested in either giving tours of the university or interning within the office. “Those of us who work in Admissions never take a break,” Calhoun said. “Even after the next freshmen class is admitted and the summer months roll around, we continue to hold information sessions and campus tours. We always need enthusiastic and informed tour guides.” The student tour guides are members of a volunteer organization called Ambassadors-in-Admissions during the school year. During the summer, they become paid employees. The admission office also hires interns to help with special events, tours and day-to-day duties in the office, Calhoun said. Tour guide hours are very flexible. There are two scheduled tours a day, Monday through Friday, which take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (following the information sessions). Interns in the Office of Admissions work regular hours,8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., but these hours are also flexible. “In addition to giving tours, I got to assist in the wait list process, meet potential students, see some interviews in progress, help run some special information sessions for summer camps and other summer groups, answer a ton of questions and do some press-related interviews regarding the nature of our decision to eliminate the SAT,” senior Hannah Rothman, a former Admissions intern, said. Rothman emphasized the benefits of her internship experience, which ranged from the opportunity to network within the university and across the alumni base, to the relevance of her experience to her field of interest and in resume-building. Interested students should contact Calhoun at calhoude@wfu. edu, or Jennie Harris, admissions counselor, at by April 15.

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ministry, the theory and practice of preaching and liturgical theology. Crainshaw feels that the idea of worship is something that will require much discussion as the world continues to change. “Worship faces challenges and opportunities in our changing world,” she said. “I am glad to be at the table with others in conversations that support scholars, congregations and pastoral leaders who seek liturgical transformations that lead to societal transformations.” In addition to her general research, Crainshaw is also the author of two books, and she is in the process of finishing a third. Her two published works are Wise and Discerning Hearts: An Introduction to a Wisdom Liturgical Theology and Keep the Call: Leading the Congregation without Losing Your Soul. Her current endeavor, titled Wisdom’s Dwelling Place: Seeking Crainshaw a Wisdom Liturgical Spirituality, is scheduled for release in the summer of 2009. The NAAL is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in promoting and supporting liturgical research, publication and dialogue at a scholarly level. Its members include those people who are engaged in and who can contribute to such research. Academy members are specialists in liturgical studies, theologians, artists, musicians and persons in related disciplines whose works affect liturgical expression and further liturgical understanding. The society began in 1973 with 83 members, and has since grown to over 489 members including Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern non-Orthodox, Jews, Protestants and those that are undeclared. For more information on the North American Academy of Liturgy, visit their Web site at www.


IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wadkins: Sophomore golfer Travis Wadkins talks about why he came to Wake Forest, who he modeled his game after and his favorite Cookout milkshake Page B2.


{ UPCOMING GAMES } WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: 3/05 ACC Tourney 3/06 ACC Tourney 3/07 ACC Tourney BASEBALL: 3/06 v. Virginia 3/07 v. Virginia 3/08 v. Virginia WOMEN’S TENNIS: 3/07 v. UNC-Chapel Hill 3/10 @ Charleston 3/18 v. N.C. State MEN’S BASKETBALL: 3/08 v. Clemson 3/12 ACC Tourney 3/13 ACC Tourney MEN’S TENNIS: 3/07 @ Michigan 3/12 @ E. Tenn. St. 3/12 @ Coastal Carolina TRACK: 3/05 NCAA Indoor 3/06 NCAA Indoor 3/07 NCAA Indoor

{ NATIONAL STAGE } Former football star blogs from his prison cell Once an Ohio State University football star, Maurice Clarett now blogs about his time in prison. He told ESPN that he has changed during his time locked up and wishes to help others avoid his misdeeds. “Instead of entertaining people with my life, I am using certain events to educate, inspire and help others make conscious choices so they can avoid circumstances like this,” Clarett wrote in his blog. Clarett played for the Buckeyes in 2002 and was a tailback. He contributed to their win at the national championships the same year. In 2006, he was convicted for aggravated robbery and carrying a concealed weapon. He’s serving at least 3 and a half years for a holdup outside a Columbus bar and a highway chase months later that ended with police finding loaded guns in his SUV. Clarett does not have access to a computer from his cell so he calls different relatives to type the blogs for him.



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“You try to balance what you can,” junior L.D. Williams said. “When we’re on the road we do study hall to make sure guys are studying, and we have to keep in touch with our professors. Whenever you can we get some extra jumpers in. Practices aren’t as long because of the quick turnaround.” For a team that won two road games in the ACC in the last three years combined, winning two road games back to back in four days shows just how far this young team has come. “It is tough because you’re getting everyone’s best shot,” Williams said, “or as coach likes to say game seven. We have to come out ready to play because anything can happen.” It seemed as though earlier in the season there was a question of motivation against the lower-ranked teams, but after absorbing some of those blows, the team has gone back to the types of things that made them 16-0 and ranked number one to start the season: solid defense, rebounding and points in the paint. In the three most recent games against N.C. State, Virginia and Maryland, Wake won those categories, and as a result, won the games. “To start off the season we were like plus-11 in rebounding and we’ve dropped to like minus .2,” Williams said. “We’re one of the biggest teams in the country and most athletic teams in

It has always been said that the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores. The same could be said about when sophomores become juniors. In the case of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, when the month of February came to a close, experience overshadowed youth. Head Coach Dino Gaudio has stressed all year that his team is young; not as an excuse, but as a reason for why they play the way they do. His statement is valid: there is only one senior (Harvey Hale), who has seen his minutes reduced in recent weeks and replaced by sophomore Gary Clark. The team starts a freshman, two sophomores and two juniors and sees most of its bench play from a junior, a freshman and Clark. So when the team went through a stretch in which it lost four of seven after dethroning Duke from the number one spot, it was easy to panic over the Deacs’ struggles. Those losses hurt, but the Deacs came out unscathed and winners from a stretch of games that saw Wake Forest play three games in six days in the heart of the midterms, including road wins See Basketball, Page B4 at Virginia and Maryland.

MARCH TOWARD MARCH As the men’s basketball team heads into the postseason, look for continuing coverage in the Old Gold & Black and online at The ACC touranment begins

March 12 in Atlanta, Ga. After missing both the NCAA and NIT tournaments last year the No. 10 Deacs look forward to returning to postseason play. Selection Sunday is March 15 and the first round is March 19-20.

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Junior Ish Smith rises for a reverse layup against N.C. State Feb. 26. The Deacs’ final regular season game is March 8.

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Senior golfer Nannette Hill wins Deac of the Week after being named ACC Women’s Golf player of the month. Hill is averaging 75.1 strokes per round over 15 tournament rounds this season and 13 of those rounds have counted toward the team score. She has also posted a pair of rounds at par or better with her best round of 1-under 71 coming on the first day of the Lady Tar Heel Hill Invitational in October. She has also won the Golfweek Player of the Week honors and the individual title at the Landfall Tradition, both in the 2007 season. The senior from New York was a member of the 2005 East Cannon Cup Team before attending Wake.

{ SPORTS WORDS } “When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want them bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass!”

– Bob Knight

As the 2009 NFL Draft approaches, top prospect Aaron Curry isn’t holding back any secrets from the team scouts. In fact, everything you need to know about the monstrous-yet-loveable linebacker is written right there on his body. Sure, coaches are going to want to know players’ 40-yard-dash times, their vertical leaping abilities and their college career accolades. But in a professional sports world plagued with ethical disappointment and poor character, today’s coaches may want to know a little more about potential new players – they’ll want to know about personality, dedication and character. For that, look no further than the tattoos inked on Curry’s massive arms. They tell the story just as well as he does. At a recent media session during the scouting combine in Indianapolis, a reporter asked about the significance of the tattoos on the Wake Forest linebacker’s wrists. One, he replied, was for his brother Christopher, the other for his brother Brandon. But Curry didn’t stop there. Instead of moving on to the next inquiry, he proceeded to roll up his sleeves, exposing and explaining every single marking as he went. Character point #1: Curry is an open book. He isn’t hiding anything. There are no dark secrets to conceal (no past steroid use, no legal troubles) that could come back to haunt an organization in the years to come. Most of the other tattoos were similar to the first two, serving as reminders of his family members, who he repeatedly says mean the world to him. One of his favorite tattoos, branded on his left shoulder, reads Property of Chris Curry – his mother. “I was teasing my mom about putting her picture on the other shoulder,” Curry said laughing, “but she told me she’d beat me if I did.” Character point #2: Curry is grounded. His family is the most important thing in the world to him, and you’ve got to love that. Besides, owners and coaches know that, if nothing else, mom is going to keep her son in line. Curry went on to explain the hard times that he and his family went through while he was growing up. Most notably, he discussed the eviction of his family from their


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A Wake Forest baseball player drives the ball in the team’s opening series against Appalachian State. The Deacs will begin a three game series with Virginia March 6. By Chris Tumminello | Staff writer

Wake Forest 7 UNC-Wilmington 12 The Wake Forest baseball team experienced a stop and go week, with four of their scheduled games cancelled due to inclement weather. Yet on Friday, Feb. 27, before the storms arrived, Wake Forest was able to squeeze in a game against Fairleigh Dickinson to open up the Wake Forest Invitational. Originally, Friday’s game was scheduled against Miami University, but rain in the area cancelled Fairleigh Dickinson’s later game and as a result, they moved up to face the Deacs. Unfortunately for Fairleigh Dickinson, the rain did not come soon enough, as the Deacs trampled over their opponent by a score of 11-1. Freshman starter Austin Stadler moved to 2-0 on the season with an impressive 0.82 ERA while senior Weldon Woodall went 3-4 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs. Freshman Shane Kroker put together two hits in three at-bats and Wyckoff, N.J. native Steven Brooks added to the mix with a solid two hit, two RBI performance in his first start of the year. The game had the looks of a pitcher’s duel until the bottom of the fourth inning when Woodall, with the score tied 1-1, launched a two-run homerun over the left-field fence to make it 3-1 Wake Forest. From there, the Deacs did not look back, adding insurance run after insurance run to secure a victory. A consistent downpour, followed by a surprising three inches of snow, led to the cancellation of the remaining six games of the Wake Forest Invitational, as well as Wake’s Tuesday, March 3 game against UNC-Wilmington.

However, due to poor field conditions, the Deacs were forced to cancel their game at Elon on Wednesday, March 4 and instead re-schedule an away game with UNC-Wilmington on the same evening. The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks stood at an impressive 7-0 coming into the game, sweeping a series from Maryland, as well as a series from Michigan State. Despite a superb offensive performance by the Deacs, the pitching could not hold the lead as Wake dropped their first game of the season, 12-7. Freshman Daniel Marrs got the start for the Deacs, but only lasted an inning and a third, allowing a tworun shot in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of the Seahawks’ catcher Cody Stanley. Despite the early deficit, the Wake bats were alive again from the get-go, scoring five runs in the second inning, four of which came on back-to-back home runs by Austin Stadler and Carlos Lopez. Wake would add two more runs in the third with another Lopez home run, but the scoring tear would come to an abrupt halt for the remainder of the game. UNC-Wilmington struck back hard with six runs in the fifth to regain the lead at 9-7 after senior Brad Kledzik struggled through a bases-loaded jam that resulted in five earned runs on his scorecard. From here, the Seahawks did not look back, scoring three more runs on their last three team at-bats to seal the deal. There were signs of life for the Deacs in the eighth inning, but the Deacs could not capitalize on a leadoff double by Weldon Woodall, leaving runners on first and second to end the inning with the tying run at the plate. The Deacs will return to action on Friday, March 6 to begin a three game series against the Virginia Cavaliers at Wake Forest Baseball Park. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Travis Wadkins

Junior Travis Wadkins knew what he was up against coming to play for the Deacs; after all, he has played under Coach Jerry Hass as a camper and his father Lanny Wadkins is a former Deacon too, not to mention a PGA pro. Unsatisfied with his time here so far, Wadkins is looking to break out this spring.

By Lizzie Rosen | Senior writer How did you decide to come to Wake; did your dad influence you at all? A little bit. The deal was he never really pushed me to come here. He always said it was my choice and so I looked around. I’ve known Coach Jerry Haas here for a while. I went to camps here when I was a kid, and he’s always seemed like the kind of person I’d want to play for in college. That was definitely the biggest attraction point for me. To have a coach that I would enjoy playing for, that knew what he was doing, that would treat me like a college golfer instead of like I was at a little kid’s camp – that was a huge attraction for me. How did you get involved in golf? Well initially my dad, being who he is, played a lot of golf so I was always around golf. He really really pushed me into baseball and because I didn’t want to do what he wanted me to do, I played golf instead. If you weren’t playing golf right now, what do you think you would be doing? I think I would be pre-law; that’s something I’ve always had an interest in. I don’t know. I can’t really imagine not playing golf; I’ve been doing it for so long now.

What are your personal and team goals for this season? I haven’t really had the college career I’ve wanted so far. For some reason I have struggled so far since I’ve been here, so I figure if I can get one good tournament here soon under my belt I can kind of use it as a starting point to really take off. Personal goal is to really become a main factor in all the tournaments we play and really live up to my potential. Team goals, we want to win the ACCs and make it to match play in the NCAAs. We definitely have the talent on our team to do that. It’s definitely just a matter of putting it all together. Who, if anyone, do you model your game after? Probably my dad. Obviously we are built alike and we have the same kind of style of play. You go with what you know I guess, and I know how to play like that so I gotta model after that. How do you keep yourself focused in a round when you get down? Basically, when you fall down you gotta pick yourself back up. You gotta keep your nose to the grind; eventually it will pay off. You might not see results immediately, but you know that something’s coming. Every time I play on the field, I know I’m a step closer to where I want to be. Even if I had a few bad holes or a bad round, I’m thinking

Women’s basketball begins ACC Tournament festivities As the women’s basketball team prepares to enter ACC Tournament play, part of the postseason festivities include honoring this year’s Wake Forest ACC Legend. Alice Neal Maneval is honored as this year’s legend. Legends from all 12 schools will be honored at the ACC Legends Luncheon on March 6, as well as at halftime of the first semifinal tournament game the next day. Maneval was the fifth member of the 1,000 Points Club, and she helped lead the Lady Deacs to their first ever national ranking. She earned FirstTeam All-ACC Tournament honors in 1988.

to myself, “I’m closer though.” A little key here or there and I’m right back on track. What is your favorite season to play in and why? I love the summer personally, I always have. I grew up in Texas so I loved to be in hot weather whenever I was playing. I have no problem playing in the heat in the summer time. Plus, you have all the cool amateur tournaments during the summer. You get to see different people at different tournaments, and the venues are always spectacular. If you could play a round with anyone, who would it be and why? It’s actually someone I’ve played a round with before but would love to play with again; it’s actually Jack Nicklaus. There’s that Home Depot father-son challenge thing they have every year and we got paired with the Nicklauses and that was pretty cool. The guy is still so good, it’s really shocking. You stand there in awe watching him play golf. It’s really a sight to see. If you could change one rule about the game, what would it be and why? They changed a lot of rules recently that I didn’t like. You used to not be able to use anything except your hand to clean the green and that was a big deal to me because I played in tournaments when there are a lot of leaves on

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the green. I’m thinking to myself, “I’m not going to take the time to pick every one of these up with my hands.” I play fast, so I’m thinking that’s going to take forever, so using a towel helps there. If you could play another sport, what would it be and why? Baseball, I’ve always loved baseball. Third base, I had a pretty good arm and I was quick so I loved playing third base. I was never too good of a hitter; I always had a golf swing. What is the one thing from home you miss most while at school? I gotta say the food. The food is pretty good there. I’m a big Tex-Mex boy, and I love Cajun food too. Luckily my roommate is from New Orleans, so his mom sends us food every now and then so I can’t complain. Do you have any personal rituals before a round? Nothing in particular. I used to have all these different rituals in high school. We went to IHOP before every match, and I would get the same thing every time, but all my rituals kind of died out over time. Maybe I should get back into them. What is your favorite Cookout milkshake? Definitely the Oreo milkshake. Photo courtesy of Media Relations Graphic by Bobby O’Connor/ Old Gold & Black

Soccer coach offers camps for youth of varying skill levels

Two former Deacons invited to Athletica tryouts

Head Coach Jay Vidovich plans to hold seven different camps in the spring and summer of 2009 at Spry Stadium. The first camp will be held from March 31 to April 3, the spring break for Forsyth County schools. The remaining six camps will be held this summer. Day, extended day, evening and residential camps will be available, as well as a Soccer Academy Showcase Camp. The final camp will be for high school soccer teams. Groups range from boys and girls ages 5 to 14 to solely boys ages 15 to 18. Prices range from $100 to $475. Athletes desiring to participate can register online at

Former women’s soccer players Amy Smerdzinski and Alena Thom were invited to attend the 10-day tryout for the St. Louis Athletica of the Women’s Professional Soccer League March 1-10. Recently in Spain with the U.S. U-23 team, Smerdzinski earned her first international playing experience. While at Wake, she was a 2008 All-ACC second team selection.Thom earned ACC honors her senior year at Wake, and she recently played professionally in Sweden. The duo wait to hear if they advance to the contract stage after the tryout.

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M. tennis Deacs lose fourth straight in ACC tops No. 33 Louisville By Joe Maugeri | Staff writer

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After being down 3-0, No. 30 Wake Forest men’s tennis came storming back to stun the No. 33 University of Louisville in front of a boisterous pro-Cardinal crowd. The Deacons fell to the daunting deficit after dropping the doubles as well as the losses of junior Steven Forman and sophomore Iain Atkinson in singles. “It just happed so fast,” Head Coach Jeff Zinn said. With the Deacons still holding a chance in the four other matches, the coaching staff told the players “keep fighting because you are doing well. Just focus on your match.” The chance turned into actuality as No. 37-ranked senior Cory Parr and freshman David Hopkins turned in straight-set victories at the No. 1 and No. 5 singles’ positions, respectively. This set the stage for the dramatic comebacks from junior Jason Morgenstern and sophomore Jonathan Wolff. Both were down a set and just barely nicked the second sets. Morgenstern was the first to come off the that which tied the match at three a piece. Wolff was able to overcome any nerves to take the match in dramatic fashion by winning the third set by the same 7-5 score-line. The coaching staff was ecstatic with the come-from-behind victory, especially after hearing that the Cardinals would go on to crush No. 13 Texas A&M 6-1 four days later. They were also pleased particularly with the play of Wolff. “He has been just phenomenal for us this year,” Zinn said. “He has a ton of confidence (while) last year he lost quite a few three-setmatches. This year, he is winning them. You see his growth from one year to another, so that is exciting.” Of course, despite this brilliant victory, there is still plenty of room for improvement. “To be truly successful, all six players have to play well during the match and that has not Hopkins happened yet,” Zinn said. “We have not had all six players playing well.” He noted that the debut of Atkinson, after being ineligible for 365 days, was still important to the team despite suffering both a singles and doubles loss. “What he gives to our lineup is that now we have no weaknesses,” Zinn said. “Before, we had some positions we were not quite sure of. He solidifies that.” Zinn attributed the losses to nerves and lack of true match-competition. The biggest concern for the coaches is not Atkinson’s play but rather figuring out the lineup. They are unsure who is going to hold down the two-spot, three-spot and four-spot. Doubles is an area where the Deacons may need to tinker. Despite No. 1 Parr and Forman’s victory, the Deacons lost the doubles point for the fifth consecutive match as the duo of junior Andrew Brasseaux and freshman Joost Vogel as well as Atkinson and Wolff dropped their matches in tightly contested 8-6 decisions. The Deacons were actually up a break in both of the losses. “It was probably our best doubles we have played all year,” Zinn said of his team’s effort in doubles. The 4-3 victory moves the team to 6-4 on the year. They will face the Wolverines of the University of Michigan March 7 in Ann Arbor, Mich. After losses against Ohio State, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Zinn is eager to pick up a victory. “We have to get on the scoreboard against a Big Ten team,” he said. “Again, it is going to be a tough environment. They play well at home.”

After dropping three straight games to N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Duke, the women’s basketball team teetered uneasily atop the NCAA tournament bubble. Every win became a necessity to build upon their résumé and to make a case for a coveted spot in the field of 64. This bubble, though, might have burst for the Deacons following a 58-47 loss to the No. 12 Florida State Seminoles March 1 at the LJVM Coliseum in what was the last game of the Deacons’ regular season. Despite the end result of the matchup, the Deacons jumped out to an early lead. With just under 14 minutes left in the first half, sophomore guard Camille Collier netted a three point jump shot to push the Deacons ahead 7-5. The Deacon lead would be short lived. The Seminole squad would respond to Collier’s basket by going on a 12-4 run that would put them ahead 17-11 with over eight minutes left to play in the half. Florida State would maintain the lead and build upon it to capture the 58-47 victory and a share of their first-ever ACC regular season title with the Maryland Terrapins. The game turned into a defensive struggle for both teams, with the women’s basketball team outshooting the Florida State team. The Seminoles sank 18 field goals to go 35 percent from the field while the Deacon squad made 20 field goals to shoot 36 percent from the field. The Deacons also made four three-pointers compared to three by the Seminoles. While the Deacons were able to out-shoot the Seminoles, they were beat at the foul line. The women’s basketball team gave the Seminoles 33 shots from the charity stripe and Florida State scored 19 of their points from the line. The Deacons scored only three points from the free throw line. The Deacons were led in scoring by freshman guard Brooke Thomas, who scored 13 points and added four assists.

By Matt Powers | Contributing writer Regardless of whether it’s a result of Wake Forest’s success on the varsity level or indicative of a national trend, the men’s club soccer team is growing. With interest rising consistently over the past three years, the team has even been forced to divide participants into two teams. For the nation whose leading sports network mentions the sport about once a month, this is a victory for soccer that should not be overlooked. This increased interest only leaves the team eager for more. Now is the perfect time for newly interested players to give the team a shot. Despite being the off-season, the team is far from stagnant. “In the spring we travel to other schools for tournaments whenever we can,” team president senior Chandra Vemulapalli notes. “We also try to scrimmage the womens’ varsity team.” This is no easy task, considering the

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Freshman guard Brooke Thomas beats a Duke player on a fast break for a layup. The Lady Deacs face N.C. State to kick off the ACC tournament. Collier added nine points, all of which came from three-point range. Florida State junior forward Jacinta Monroe’s double-double led the Seminoles. Monroe scored 21 points and pulled in 10 rebounds for the Seminoles. With the regular now behind them, the women’s basketball team is turning its focus toward the ACC Tournament. The Deacons will face the N.C. State Wolfpack on March 5 at 3 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The No. 8 seeded N.C. State squad and the No. 9 seeded Deacon team have met twice this season, with the Wolfpack sweeping the regular season series.

The Wolfpack defeated the Deacons 59-51 on Feb. 12 in Raleigh and also snuck out of WinstonSalem on Feb. 12 with a 65-63 overtime victory. Sitting on the NCAA Tournament bubble, the Deacons must have a solid showing in the ACC Tournament to ensure that they will be dancing in March. ESPN’s women’s basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme currently has the Demon Deacons listed as one of the “First Four Out” in the tournament bracket. A deep run or a victory over a NCAA tournament bound team in the ACC tournament would go a long way in securing a spot at the dance for the Deacons and in making their post-season dreams possible.

Track finishes seventh and 10th at ACCs By Scott Wilson | Contributing writer

After returning from a sweep of the NY Armory Duals, winning both the men’s and women’s titles, the Wake Forest track and field team traveled to Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Feb. 26 to compete at the ACC Track Championships hosted by Virginia Tech. From the beginning the Deacons faced a tough challenge, especially on the men’s side, with Florida State having won the previous six ACC titles. The women’s bracket was arguably even more difficult, including nationally ranked opponents No. 5 Virginia Tech, No. 6 Florida State, No. 12 UNC-Chapel Hill and No. 14 Miami. The Deacons set personal bests, broke ACC records, and earned Bingham s e v e r a l individual NCAA provisional bids during the event. In the end, however, it was not enough, as the Florida State men and women took both titles back to Tallahassee, Fla., with scores of 125 and 132 respectively. The Wake Forest men finished seventh tallying a score of 46, while the women finished tenth with a score of 24. Although the Demon Deacons did not return with any team hardware, many individuals performed well

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under the bright lights of the conference championship. On the men’s side, both senior Michael Bingham and junior Jon Reid turned in outstanding weekends. Bingham, from nearby Burlington, N.C., won the men’s 400m dash with an NCAA provisional time of 46.23 and anchored the men’s 4 x 400m relay. In possibly one of the most exciting finishes of the day, Bingham closed the gap on Florida State senior Javier Garcia Tunon to within five meters after the first lap, before finally catching and passing Tunon around the final turn of the race to win the 4 x 400m relay for Wake Forest. Also running on the relay team were sophomore Allan Lunkenheimer, junior Tyler Dodds and Reid. Reid, in addition to helping win the 4 x 400m relay, cruised to a second place finish behind Bingham in the 400m, finishing with an NCAA provisional time of 46. 83. “That was just a really great performance by both athletes,” assistant coach Scott Hall said. “Michael (Bingham) jumped out there and Jon (Reid) made some really nice moves to get into a good position coming down the stretch. It was just a really smart race by both guys.” Reid, an Ontario, Canada native, won his second straight All-ACC honors after finishing third last year in the same event. The men’s heptathlon featured exceptional performances by three Demon Deacons, including a personal-best score of 5,672 by

girls ranked as high as number 10 in the polls last season and had two players named to the All-ACC team and three All-State. One challenge that the team has faced is that the primary season, being in the fall, coincides with when most students decide to go abroad. For this reason in particular the team is always disposed to giving new players the opportunity to join. There are several simple ways to get involved. If you already know someone on the team and are interested in playing, there’s no problem with tagging along for one of the more casual events this spring. By just becoming familiar with the other guys and dropping by for a practice, your membership would be well on its way. If you prefer to wait for the fall, at the beginning of every season there’s a tryout session at which everyone’s welcome to show their skills. If neither option suits you, feel free to send an e-mail directly to Vemulapalli at vemukc6@ or anyone else on the team. “The more active and interested players we get, the more our success is sure to continue.”

senior Brent LaRue. He finished second in the 60m dash (behind fellow Deacon junior Tyler Dodds), seventh in the long jump, sixth in the shot put and fourth in the high jump. By breaking his own ACC record in the men’s heptathlon (which was later broken by two other contestants), LaRue assured himself a third place finish in the men’s heptahlon. Other notable heptathlon performances included Dodds winning the 60m dash and freshman Alex Hill finishing third in the long jump. For the women, junior Nicole Castronuova broke a school record by running an NCAA provisional time of 54.39 in the 400m dash preliminaries. Castronuova also ran a 24.56 in the 200m dash, but narrowly missed qualifying for the finals in that event. Not to be outdone, junior Caroline Vaughn set another school record of 8.43 in the 60m hurdles, but because she ran that as a part of the pentathlon competition, the time did not count toward qualifying her for the 60m hurdles finals. Vaughn finished 11th in the pentathlon with a score of 3,499, joining freshman Samantha Howell, who tallied an 18th place finish. Freshman Dina Nosenko turned in a personal best time of 4:55.98 in the women’s one mile run preliminaries on Friday Feb. 27, only to better it by running a 4:53.00 in the finals on Saturday, Feb. 28, finishing in fifth place.

Her older sister, sophomore Anna Nosenko, ran NCAA provisional times in both the 3,000m and 5,000m runs, finishing fourth and third respectively. Freshman Erin Brooks, competing at her first ACC Championships, turned in a solid performance in the women’s triple jump, jumping 40-03.50 feet on her last attempt of the competition to finish eighth and earn a team point. Another freshman competing in her first ACC Championships was Michelle Lange, who finished 13th in pole vault with a high vault of 3.65m. Although the Demon Deacons came into the ACC championships with one of the youngest teams in the conference, many athletes set personal and school bests. “We have been preaching to our athletes this week about rising to the occasion and performing better than they have all year, and I think it has really paid off,” head coach Annie Bennett said. “We have a young team that has been learning what it takes to compete at a high level, and they are just performing so well this week. The conference has grown so much over the past few years, and we have done the same thing as a team.” The Deacons compete in the NCAA Indoor Qualifier March 5-7. Following the Indoor Qualifier the Deacons will travel to Texas A&M for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Tx. The Indoor Championships will be held March 13-14.


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Sophomore James Johnson has taken his game to a new level this season averaging 14.4 points per game. He is increasingly becoming the go-to man.

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Lady Deacs drop two in Indiana Pressbox:

Curry is a winning pick

By Zachary Halpern | Staff writer

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Coming off of two top 25 wins, the Lady Deacs had plenty of momentum as they headed to Bloomington, Ind., to face the Indiana Hoosiers and then to South Bend, Ind., to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Wake began their road trip on Saturday, Feb. 28 against No. 44 Indiana. The Lady Deacs got off to another quick start and swept their doubles matches to go ahead 1-0. Sophomores Emilee Malvehy and Katarina Reveche continued to build upon Wake’s lead by winning their singles matches. Malvehy defeated Alba Berdala, 7-6 (7-5), 6-0. After three sets, Reveche pulled out a victory against Megan Matter, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3). But then the Hoosiers began to rally, winning the other four singles matches. Indiana’s Katya Zapadalova upset No. 59 junior Sasha Kulikova in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Senior Sierra Poske was also defeated in three sets, losing to Charlotte Martin, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. Indiana’s Sigrid Fischer knocked off Christian Tara, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6) and Wake’s freshman Ryann Cutillo was defeated by Lindsey Stuckey, 6-4, 6-3. The match ended with Indiana pulling out a close victory, 4-3. On Sunday, March 1, Wake was looking for an upset, but the powerful No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish dominated the match to improve their record to an impressive 11-1.

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Senior Sierra Poske serves in a recent match. After dropping matches to Indiana and Notre Dame, the Deacs will travel to College of Charleston. The Fighting Irish won the doubles point by winning two of the three match ups. Only Wake Forest senior Christian Tara was able to come out victorious in singles play. She defeated Kali Krisik in two sets, 6-3, 7-6 (107), giving the Lady Deacs their only point in a 6-1 loss to Notre Dame. At the No. 1 singles position Notre Dame’s No. 59 Kelcy Tefft upset Wake’s Kulikova,

6-3, 6-1. In another notable matchup, Notre Dame’s No. 82 Kristy Frilling beat Poske, 6-3, 6-3. The Lady Deacons will return to their home court on Saturday, March 7. They are scheduled to match up against the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels in their conference opener. The Deacons will travel to the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., on March 10.

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the country and for us to be losing on the rebounds is ridiculous.” The rebounding differential was a huge part of the recent win over Maryland. Earlier in the week, Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez mentioned that this game was the biggest game of their season, and Maryland certainly came out fired up to take down the No. 10-ranked Deacs.

With strong play on the boards and junior Ish Smith as a catalyst, Wake was able to come back from a first half deficit and take the lead off of some big shots by Smith and sophomore Jeff Teague. Teague had an exclamation point, as he skied over Dave Neal and dunked it in his face. Neal was killing the Deacs with his three-point shooting on his senior night, but the Teague dunk seemed to deflate the Terrapins. Despite the fact that in the doldrums of February leading to some

difficult games for Teague and freshman Al-Farouq Aminu, the team has come together as a unit that has allowed them to grind out victories, something they weren’t doing earlier in the month against teams like N.C. State in Raleigh, at Georgia Tech and in the blowout loss to Miami. Those games seemed to harden this team though, and the attrition wins last week should really serve as good experience for the team in the next few weeks as the ACC and

NCAA Tournaments roll around. And for a young team, experience trumps youth. The Deacs play their final regular season game at home against Clemson on Feb. 8 before the ACC Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. Wake secured at least the third seed with their win against Maryland, giving them that ever-valuable bye through the Thursday, March 12 games. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at the Joel on Harvey Hale’s senior night.

Fayetteville, N.C. home a few summers ago, and how that still serves as inspiration out on the field. “That moment was one of the biggest turning points of my life,” he told reporters at the media session. “Those are the moments you think about in the fourth quarter when there’s a play that needs to be made, and you know you have the opportunity to provide for your family.” He also mentioned that his first purchase after signing day will be “whatever mom says … house, car, anything she needs.” Character point #3: Curry is motivated. Not by signing bonuses that allow for multimillion-dollar estates and expensive cars, but by the desire to provide a better life for the people he loves. Curry was about finished explaining his body art, but he had left one peculiar tattoo a mystery. Eventually, one reporter gave in and asked about the small set vertical lines on Curry’s upper left arm. “The barcode for a box of Jujubes – my favorite candy,” he responded. Character point #4: Curry is downright charming. He has an ear-to-ear smile that draws a crowd and a personality that seems to keep one. His post-press conference reviews from the media include words like charismatic, personable and gracious. This is the kind of guy an owner wants standing at a podium with his team’s logo in the background. Don’t get me wrong, Curry will certainly have to prove himself on the field. There’s no denying that. He’ll have to convince owners and coaches that his 2008 Butkus Award, his exceptional workouts at the combine and his impressive career numbers at Wake Forest will translate into success among the big boys in the NFL. He’ll have to persuade them that he’s talented enough to produce on Sundays. But in terms of character, no more persuasion is required – everyone seems sold on Aaron Curry. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Detroit Lions’ coaches and owners, who have the luxury of the number one pick in the draft next month, are among the believers. “It would be great to go number one overall. Detroit knows that in Aaron Curry, they’re getting a great linebacker and a great person,” Curry said. “I mean, what more could you ask for?” I’m sold. What about you, Detroit?


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Kiss Me I’m Irish! Self-decoration: Hi Hat with Glitter ($1.99), Light Up Shamrock Ring ($1.49) or St. Pats Button ($0.99). If you’d like to keep your Deacon spirit while celebrating, check out wakeforest.teamfanshop. com to get some St. Patrick’s Day Wake Forest apparel.

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these St. Patrick’s Day events. By CeCe Brooks | Contributing editor Although most students will still be “spring breaking” while St. Patrick’s Day activities are occurring, there’s no reason you can’t create your own St. Paddy’s Day fun, find some events in your local area or wait till you get back to go out on the actual day in Winston-Salem. If you are from the North Carolina region and you’re going home for break, there are a few parades and activities you could check out. Charlotte is having its annual parade from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tryon Street between 10th

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and Third Streets. The festivities will include traditional bagpipe bands and Irish dancers marching with recreation-center drill teams and neighborhood associations. After the parade you should head down to the Ra Ra Irish pub (208 N. Tryon St.) to continue with the fun. There’s also the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival on March 14 starting at noon and going until 6 p.m. at Moore Square Park. There will be over 100 parade entries, food, games and entertainment. If you’re from the eastern coast of North Carolina, the town of Edenton is holding its annual Pet and Pedal Parade. Participants can bring their pet, walk their dogs or ride a bike, while wearing their green South Broad Street in Historic Downtown Edenton. Also on the coast, in Nag’s Head, there’s the new Running of the Leprechauns 8K, which will start at 9 a.m. on March 14. If you plan on coming back to campus early or sticking around for the whole week, there are some things to do here in Winston to help you celebrate the patron saint of the Irish. Finnegan’s Wake (520 N. Trade St.) is having a St. Patrick’s Day party with two shows, one at 6 p.m. and one at 10 p.m. Steve Lindsley will play at the 6 p.m. show. Jerry Chapman and the Mediocre Bad Guys will be performing at the 10 p.m. show. There is no age requirement, so don’t let your under-21 status hold you back from this one! Although they have not announced any specific plans for the holiday, a trip to Celtic Café (205 S. Stratford Road) might be worth it just to say you did something Irish to commemorate the occasion. You could have your own party. This could apply to you no matter where you’ll be over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. What you’ll need: the appropriate decorations, either some fitting Irish or “green” cocktails or at the very least some Guinness (even if you’re not a big fan of the darker beer, suck it up and try it so you can celebrate like the Irish do), some tunes and something for your guests to do (other than drink). Decoration possibilities: Party City is a good place to get the generic plates, cups, etc. For instance, they have a set of Spring Clover Shape Plates for $1.85. They also have green 10 oz. St. Pats Tumblers ($8.99 for a set of 72).

Drinks & Food: The Frogger shot: Invented at a bar in Wisconsin, this green shot is not for the faint of heart (or liver). For five people you need 3 oz. of crème de menthe, 3 oz. of kaluha, 4 oz. of irish crème and some ice. Shamrock Smoothie: Use 2 oz. Of SKKY melon vodka, .5 oz of triple sec and a splash of orange curacao and juice from two limes. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, shake until frothy and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Homeade Limeade (Under-21 friendly): You need one cup of sugar, 12 freshly squeezed limes and six cups of cold water. In a half-gallon jug, mix sugar, limes and water and serve over ice. It makes eight glasses. Sweet Shamrocks: These are sweet green pretzels fashioned from canned refrigerated breadstick dough and coated with a sprinkling of colored sugar and cinnamon. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat it with cooking spray. Then create the clover shape, model three sections of bread sticks into hearts and press them together. Activity: Hand out paper and pens and give your guests five minutes to write a limerick, then read them aloud in your best Irish accents. History: For those who don’t know why this holiday even got started, here’s a brief history lesson. The holiday was started in Ireland to celebrate their patron saint, St. Patrick. The first public celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in America took place in Boston on March 17 in 1737. Ever since then more and more cities have started annual parades and festivals. Savannah, Ga., has the largest unofficial attendance in the U.S. for their celebration. In Chicago, they dye the Chicago River green every year. Why is the shamrock a symbol for the holiday? Supposedly, St. Patrick explained the Christian trinity to pagans using the three-leaf clover. Another little-known interesting fact is that green was not the original dominant color. St. Patrick’s Blue was the color most widely associated with the holiday, but the phrase “the wearing of the green” started out as referring to wearing the traditional shamrock, but as Ireland is often associated with the color, the holiday gradually adopted the green theme.

When in Venice | Notes from abroad

Venetian tradition presents stylish take on holiday Kara Peruccio Senior columnist

Many people when they first think of Venice see images of canals, pigeons and of course, Carnevale. Raucous festivities grip the city for two weeks culminating on Mardi Gras. Many native Venetians longingly look forward to Ash Wednesday when Venice returns to its usually serene state. The Casa Artom students missed all but the last two days due to being kicked out of the house for our ten day break. At first, many of us lamented missing a majority of Venice’s most famous holiday, but two days of Carnevale were enough to leave us with many memories. Returning from Southern Italy, I was excited to return to Venice and see all of the masks and costumes of Carnevale. We had been warned that the crowds would be unbearable. I originally thought nothing of this but was amazed to see Venetian policemen as soon as I stepped off the train control-

ling the throngs of people waiting to leave the city. Somewhat dazed and surprised, we walked back to Casa Artom, weaving in and out of revelers sporting costumes ranging from the adorable (little girls dressed like princesses) and the bizarre (nuns sporting too much facial hair). There were masks in every color, style and size and no two looked the same. It was a blur of color and excitement but the crowds were unbelievable. Our normal walk back from the train station takes only 15 minutes, but the mobs doubled the time. It was frustrating after having traveled all day, and I swore that I would hate Carnevale. Despite my initial misgivings (and having classes cancelled specifically for the festivities), we decided to explore the Carnevale scene. Wearing my silver mask, we walked to Campo Santa Margherita, the popular hangout area for Venetian students. Along the way we passed stands selling fresh gummies, nuts and other sweets. Many people walking by snacked on fritelle, a fritter-type dessert that is sold in Venice only from the first of the year until the end of Carnevale. After enjoying sweets in the open square filled with tourists and students (the majority wearing masks), we decided to go see dances performed at the Rialto Bridge after our literature professor told us it was an exciting event.

Trying to reach Rialto, it felt as though we were in a can of sardines. People were walking shoulder to shoulder and at some points, I swore the crowd was moving me. Because of the lack of mobility, we never made it to Rialto and instead detoured into one of the six sestiere that we normally don’t visit, Cannareggio. The campi were filled with little children chasing each other around with silly string and confetti, break dancers and more food vendors. Carnevale is a giant fair that fills every corner of Venice and is simply unavoidable. The next day, we braved the journey to Piazza San Marco where everyone was out in full costume. The piazza is the Mecca of Carnevale and we saw many couples dressed in matching masks and costumes that one usually associates with Carnevale. There was the sun and moon, a couple resembling two peacocks (feathers included) and many more in elegant and ornate attire. We walked through a colorful sea of Venetians and tourists alike all enjoying Venice’s Mardi Gras. There was a huge topiary winged lion in the square that was the backdrop for a concert stage. Carnevale has a theme each year and 2009’s was Sensation. They divided the six sestiere into six senses (San Marco was given the newly created sense of mind; Casa Artom’s area, Dorsoduro, was represented by

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Carnevale goers celebrate this winter festival with elaborate costumes, masquerade balls and parades. the ear). It was somewhat bizarre, but that’s what makes Carnevale interesting. It closed out with a party, Come Eravamo-1979 (“How it used to be-1979” in English) featuring Beatles and ABBA cover bands. Pushing through the crowds once again, it

was thrilling to leave Piazza San Marco singing along to “I Feel Fine” and seeing all the masked partiers sing, dance and laugh. Although many native Venetians say they hate Carnevale, they can’t deny it has style.

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She Said | Sex & the Campus

Take chances but stay safe this break Pussycats in the Circus

Until 1920, Canada was planning on invading the U.S.

Britney Spears her Circus Tour in New Orleans on March 3. With the Pussycat Dolls as her opening act, Ms. Spears will be touring around the country until May. She will then perform a series of concerts in London’s O2 arena. So if you are able to take a break from your important studies or if you’ll be in London in late May, this concert may be worth checking out. Everyone loves a comeback.

Top 10 Spring Break Destinations This pretty much only applies to beach vacations, but with the recent March snow day, we’re all probably looking for a little sunshine. 1. Lake Havasu, Ariz. 2. Panama City, Fla. 3. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 4. South Padre Island, Texas 5. Negril, Jamaica 6. Daytona Beach, Fla. 7. Cancun, Mexico 8. Miami Beach, Fla. 9. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 10. Nassau, Bahamas

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Hannah Werthan Staff columnist

Sometimes, I’m a little on the predictable side. I like to eat at the same times every day, go to sleep at the same time every night … basically, I like to have a consistent schedule at least somewhat similar to the one I drew with different colored crayons and posted on my wall at the beginning of the semester. But other times, I sincerely value the quality of spontaneity: the 2 a.m. Subway sprints, impromptu dance parties, the decision to learn stick shift (or cry trying). Who doesn’t enjoy a little change in her life? I definitely encourage some romantic spontaneity as you embark upon

the journey that is spring break (if you’re single, that is). However, the most important thing to remember is not to go too crazy. There is no need to overdo it, especially since the potential consequences are severe: pregnancy, STDs, a tattoo that says “I heart __”. These are not good things to bring back to school with you. I know spring break feels like a night of Wake Wednesday madness extended to a week’s length, but this isn’t pledge night revisited. I advise limiting hook-ups to one guy a night because if you advance to two a couple of things could happen. One, you might confuse your second hookup with the first guy (you’re probably not sober), and you might cause a fight between the two guys. Here is a sample conversation. “Hey, dude, I hooked up with this girl last night. The one who was dancing on that table at that bar.” “What?? I hooked up with that girl at like 3 a.m. because she was drunkenly wandering outside of our hotel.” A fight then

ensues leading to ailments such as gross bloody noses and the overall injury to the male ego. Now, no one wants that on her conscious. In all seriousness, please use good judgment (or at least relatively good judgment) in your selection of guys. There are so many reasons why this is necessary. For example, you know your friends are going to post pictures of you sloppily dancing with some weird guy on Facebook for everyone to see, and it’s going to stay there, despite your urgent “DELETE!!” comments. Also, why settle? I know it is spring break, but, for the sake of your selfesteem, maintain your standards. It’s also so important to watch your drinks. I know we’re told to do this at the university, but it is even more crucial wherever you are headed for spring break. There are a lot of creepy guys out there (and some girls, to be fair). Be sure to watch how many drinks you consume. This kind of ties in with the whole “don’t hookup with sub-par guys” message.

I hope I am not scaring anyone too much here, as I am a fan of having a good time during spring break (obviously). This is a great opportunity to break away from the Wake Forest guy bubble. Meet guys from other colleges and definitely “play the field.” Hey, we’re only young once. Be daring (but not too daring). Initiate conversation with a guy. Tastefully flirt. An example of not tastefully flirting, in my humble opinion, would be to enter a wet T-shirt contest. Instead, bat your eyes and smile, and give a few compliments here and there. Sometimes the old-fashioned way is the way to go. Whether you have a spring break checklist like Casey from Greek, or you are going on a trip with no big expectations, you never know what (or whom) you might discover.

“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 | The Wrestler

Wrestling film pleasantly surprises viewers By Katherine Marshall | Contributing writer

Check back each week to see what events Student Union is hosting at the university. Third Eye Blind Concert Wednesday, March 25 8 p.m. Davis Field Student Government Carnival Thursday, March 26 2 p.m. Davis Field Shag on the Mag Friday, March 27 10 p.m. Manchester Plaza

Drinks of the Week Since you will be missing a “Drink of the Week” next week, we thought we’d give you two ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day when you return.

St. Patrick’s Day .75 oz. Green Creme de Menthe .75 oz. Green Chartreuse .75 oz. Irish whiskey 1 dash Bitters Stir all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Irish Kiss 1 oz. Irish Mist 1 splash Green Creme de Menthe Pour the Irish Mist into shot glass. Add a splash of Creme de Menthe (green).

As evidenced by its continued ability to draw in crowds close to two months after its January release date, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler is undoubtedly worthy of more commendation than it was given at the 81st Academy Awards this year. In his first ever Academy-nominated role, Mickey Rourke gives an unexpectedly captivating portrayal of a self-objectified, nostalgic professional wrestler unwilling to accept the expiration of his prime. Sporting an unnaturally bronzed body, long, bleached locks and unforgiving neon spandex, Rourke plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson as he struggles to find meaning in his life after an unanticipated departure from the wrestling world. Given that I am not a huge fan of blood or unnecessary violence in movies and also not particularly enthralled by the WWE scene, my The Wrestler expectaStarring | Mickey Rourke, Marisa tions for The Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Wrestler were Director | Darren Aronofsky accordingly low. Who’s it for? | Those who I will admit enjoy a good comeback story to being and don’ t mind seeing Mickey s l i g h tly Rourke in tights. s h o c k ed Running Time | 1 hr. 41 min. when the Rating | (out of 5) Sunday matinee I attended was not completely empty, but rather had a respectable showing. I was pleasantly surprised by the directing and an exceptionally powerful performance by Rourke. We are first introduced to Randy as his career and physical state are rapidly declining, along with the audience for professional wrestling. As his health deteriorates, Randy is forced to reassess the role wrestling has taken in his life and question the compromises it has forced him to make. He struggles with the realization that wrestling has become all he knows, the only constant in his life and the only thing that gives him purpose. You can’t help but pity “The Ram” as he desperately clings to his clearly over and done glory days. Evan Rachel Wood (Thirteen), gives a strong performance as his neglected adolescent daughter Stephanie, and she serves to illuminate the softer side of the otherwise consistently macho Randy. Marisa Tomei (Before the Devil Knows Your Dead) was rightly nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Cassidy, the Jersey

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Randy “The Ram” Robinson, played by Mickey Rourke, attempts to show the world that he is not too old for wrestling. stripper that awakens Randy’s desire for companionship and an escape from his loneliness. The supporting cast was overall very strong, but it was clear that Aronofsky wanted to keep the focus strictly on Rourke as none of their story lines were particularly developed outside of their relationship and effect on Randy. The movie opens with Rourke resting after a disappointingly attended wrestling match, a scene that sets the tone for the rest of the movie. I was initially worried that it would turn into another cheesy over-the-hill athlete movie, but it was saved by Aronofsky’s directing choices. More often than not a handheld camera is shakily tailing Rourke, giving the film the feel of a documentary and making it function as a window into the bizarre world and mentality behind professional wrestling. While confusing at first, this was a crucial decision by Aronofksy, as it saves the film from the ‘80s

power ballads and cheesy wrestling moves that have the potential to make it very hokey. Thus the film is intriguing for the insight it offers, and it keeps viewers interested by deeply delving into the psyche of “The Ram” rather than trying to take on too much. The fact that Rourke is on-screen for close to 100 percent of the time narrows the focus to just Randy, giving the movie a much smaller scope than Aronofsky’s previous films and allowing Rourke to really shine in the role. The culmination of Rourke’s performance comes at the close of the film, when he delivers a sentimental and unscripted speech to his appreciative fans before a particularly trying match. It was this scene and its conjugation with Bruce Springsteen’s perfectly fitting and powerful song “The Wrestler” at the close of the movie that elevated it to exceed my expectations and leave me with an unanticipated appreciation for the film.

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Restaurant Review | Grecian Corner

Restaurant offers authentic dishes, but little ambiance By Laura Esseesse | Contributing writer

Hungry customers may find a quaint little restaurant by the name of George’s Grecian Corner located behind Baptist Medical Center in the middle of a parking lot, rather than the expected corner location implied by its name. The oddly shaped white building with blue trim is a local favorite and Winston-Salem landmark since 1970 (as proudly proclaimed on their menus). Walking into the double doors of Grecian Corner, my boyfriend, brother and I were greeted by a friendly hostess who informed us to choose any vacant table we wished. Walking into a back room filled with roughly half a dozen tables, we took our seats. The walls surrounding our booth were decorated with thick

golden-framed pictures of famous salads, pizzas, sandwiches and Grecian architecture and frag- burgers to Grecian specialties ments of Corinthian columns. such as spanakopita, avgolemono Although not really fitting with soup, baklava and mousaka, the the overall “run-down” ambiance offerings were sure to satisfy a of the restaurant, I had to give broad range of customers. them credit for M o r e trying. i m pressive Grecian Corner Within a few were the minutes, a wait- Location | 101 Eden Terrace extremely ress came over Hours | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon. -Thurs. reasonable and dismis(and quite 11 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Fri. sively took our low) prices. 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sat. drink orders. No indiGranted, there Serving | Greek dishes vidual entrée was a large Dress | Casual exceeded group of diners $7.50, and Price Range | $5- 7.50 in her section, the majority but her lack of Rating | cost between (out of 5) attention and 5.00 - $7.00. annoyed tone Additionleft me a little disappointed. ally, the menu had a small selecNonetheless, opening the menu tion of Grecian beer and wine I was shocked to see the diverse available. We decided it only dining options offered. From seemed right to take advantage

of the Grecian options on the menu. With orders consisting of a Greek salad ($5.25), chicken souvlaki ($5.05) and a gyro dinner plate served with fries or salad ($6.60), my table was definitely looking for an authentic experience. Service seemed to be prompt, as our food was out in a reasonable time. As the food reached our table, the fragrant smells of spices, pita and delicious feta consumed us. The gyro consisted of three pieces of the restaurant’s own blend of spices, beef and lamb (which was roasted in their own “special gyro machine”), peppers, onions, tomatoes and homemade tzaziki sauce. The chicken souvlaki was packed with scrumptious juicy chunks of seasoned, tender chicken, tzaziki and vegetables.

The Greek salad wasn’t anything extraordinary, but it still tasted good. Coming from Middle Eastern descent and growing up exposed to delicious foods quite similar to what the restaurant serves, I was not going to be easy to satisfy. My first bite definitely did not disappoint. The meal was tasty, well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. I especially enjoyed the tzaziki … quite a contender to my parents’. The rest of the feedback echoed a similar response. Everyone felt the dishes tasted great and were filling. The only complaint was that the ketchup in squirt bottles on the table tasted a little different than the Hienz to which we are all accustomed. Grecian Corner isn’t exactly a restaurant to consider if trying

to impress someone with a fancy dinner. Expect to be served drinks in Styrofoam cups, to eat with plastic utensils and to have food presented on paper plates or bowls. Perhaps I ate there when the dishwasher was broken? Regardless, if you’re a student on a budget and in the mood to eat out, definitely try this spot. Just keep in mind this restaurant does not take checks or credit cards … cash only! Although it was not very crowded for a Saturday night, even with seating limited to two fairly small rooms, this restaurant could easily fill up during peak eating hours. This certainly seems like a hot spot for people coming from the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as crowds may find its location convenient.

A Heart to a Heart | Your guide to healthy college living

Spring breakers shouldn’t forget skin safety at the beaches Jennifer Repucci Staff columnist

In only a few short days, many of us will don our bathing suits and head to warmer weather. We will bask in the sun’s rays and replace our winter complexions with those of life and color. However, sun protection and skin cancer are never on our minds during the carefree days of Spring Break. Our age group must remember that frying our skin today can lead to an increased risk for skin cancer in the future. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and according to the

American Cancer Society, 62,480 new cases of melanoma were reported in 2008 along with more than one million unreported cases of basal cell or squamous cell cancers. I grew up in South Florida, and escaping the deadly rays of the sun was nearly impossible. Driving in a car could potentially give you a sun burn. Sun protection was important to me, but it was never on the forefront of my mind. My friends and I loved the beach and made sure our tans looked good year round. However, it wasn’t until a month and a half ago when the importance of sun protection and the prevalence of skin cancer hit me. My mother was diagnosed with skin cancer on her face. She was never a sun worshiper, but she loved to go to the beach occasionally just like everyone else. Not only was it skin cancer, but it was melanoma, a rare, malignant form

of skin cancer that could be potentially extremely fatal if not treated promptly. After having surgery to remove the tumor, my mother is now left with a four inch scar running down the side of her face. While many of us are aware that excessive tanning can put us at risk for skin cancer, we generally believe that people look better with a tan. “What's ironic is that a tan is fleeting, whereas the scars and disfigurement that often occur from skin cancer are permanent," explains dermatologist Darrell S. Rigel, clinical professor at NYU Medical Center. Rigel also predicts that the amount of new skin cancer cases will skyrocket due to our generation’s indifferent behavior and the increasing depletion of the ozone layer, which has decreased by two percent in the past 20 years, allowing more UVB rays to reach Earth’s surface. This spring break, remember that the sun’s

rays are the strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Realistically, the majority of us traveling to a beach or place with warmer weather will be outside during these hours. Be sure you are applying and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, especially if you will be swimming or sweating a lot. Consider wearing a sunscreen that has an SPF 30 or higher. The higher the SPF, the more your skin is protected against UV-B rays, the type of radiation that causes sunburns. Sunscreens such as Ombrelle and UVGuard are some examples that have broad UV spectrum protections. You can still get a tan if you are wearing sunscreen! There are many sunscreens that come with instant bronzers in them that tan your skin without the harmful effects. Australian Gold SPF 30 Spray Gel with Bronzer is one of my favorites. Many people also forget to apply sun screen to

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their lips and their scalp. There are many chapsticks and sprays available specifically for protecting these areas. Don’t forget to wear hats and sunglasses. These will shield your face even more and also prevent other sun related disorders such as macular degeneration of the eyes. When you have had enough sun, make sure you cover up. Even though it may be hot, stick to clothes with longer sleeves and legs for maximum coverage. Personally, the temptation of a tan will often outweigh the risk involved. However, this spring break I will be more cognizant of ways to help prevent my risk. Seeing my mom with melanoma really proved that skin cancer can happen to anyone. Have fun this spring break and enjoy the warm weather; however, remember that our skin is the body’s biggest organ and we need to protect it as best as we can.

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Event Reviews | The Virgins and Fujiya and Miyagi

CD Review | K’naan

Concerts radiate different vibes Somalian artist lacks great rapping abilities By Jay Lowrey | Staff writer

Two concerts. Two bands. Two completely different vibes. A few weeks ago I went to The Virgins concert at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Let me just say the concert was an absolute blast. As soon as The Virgins came on stage, the entire audience became entirely electrified. For those who don’t know, The Virgins are a very catchy and fun indie-pop band. They only have one album out right now, but for those looking for something fun to dance to, every song on the album is pure gold. The Virgins probably aren’t the most musically talented band on the planet, but what sets them apart is the fun vibe that their songs exude. As I picked up on their fun feeling, it definitely carried into their concert. Going to a good concert can lift anyone’s mood and The Virgins put on a very good show. A major part of the concert’s fun atmosphere came from the attitudes of the musicians themselves. All of them seemed like they really wanted to be there. For example, the guitarists would go across the stage and play little mini jam sessions with each other, the lead singer interacted with the audience, and most importantly the band smiled, laughed and overall seemed to just be having fun with their music. The audience seemed to feed off of this energy too; I know I certainly did. I danced the night away to each and every song, paying no attention to the time or the people around me, just having a great time and forgetting about all the school work and drama waiting for me back at

By Andrew Saltzman | Contributing writer

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The talented trio, known as Fujiya and Miyagi, are an upand-coming electronic band from Brighton. the university. By the end of the night I was exhausted, but I felt amazing and alive. So, when my friend told me about another fun concert, I naturally said yes, hoping to relive some of the fun from The Virgins concert. The band was called Fujiya and Miyagi, the music sounded great, and I thought I was in store for another great night, and while Fujiya and Miyagi was musically good, it was certainly not The Virgins. The venue (Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C.) was fun, the audience was pumped, but overall Fujiya and Miyagi was just missing something that The Virgins had in excess – passion for their music. When Fujiya and Miyagi came out, they just started playing and they didn’t seem to want to be there. Every song just came one after another with no voice breaks,

no smiles and no happiness. To me the band just seemed like shells on stage that had made some songs in a studio and were now just playing them on stage so they could get paid. And just like at The Virgins concert, the vibe from the band translated into the audience. Everyone was dancing and still having fun but everyone seemed a lot more aware of their surroundings and a lot more self-conscious. The vibe a band puts out at a concert can really change the atmosphere. So, next time you hear of a fun concert coming close by, don’t go solely on the music like I did. Try to find out from your friends what the band is actually like in concert. Great music is worth nothing if the band does not put on a good show.

It’s that time of week where all the new music hits the shelves. Usually it’s a lot of stuff I don’t care for, but I have actually been anticipating this day for a while. That’s because Somalian rapper K’naan is out with a new release. Let’s see what’s good. “New, break out sound.” That's the theme of this album from K’naan (which means “traveler” in his Somali). You can tell he's trying to hit the mainstream market hard with his loud and poppy sound. His sound is unique, but he still seems raw. He does bring some favorites of mine on this CD, including Damian Marley, Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and Mos Def with Chali 2na on the same track. Chali 2na (formerly of Jurassic 5) is the man. “America” is the song that K’naan shares with Mos Def and Chali, and, anticlimactically, it doesn’t quite hit the spot. But I never can’t listen to those guys, so it’s still worth a listen. K’naan re-releases his track “If Rap Gets Jealous,” and the result is definitely an improvement. The new track is hard rock on the chorus and tightens up the beat with light and flowing guitar riffs. Good move on his part, considering the previous track on his last album wasn't very appealing. “Waving Flag” and “Somalia” are soft ballads about pride for your country. They’re cute songs, but nothing more than that.

When you listen to this, chances are you'll want to skip a lot of tracks. K’naan isn’t the best lyricist, and so a below average beat will have boring consequences. Only the best hip-hop artists can turn a boring beat into something great, and K’naan isn't at that point in his career yet. But being born in Somalia might limit his English rapping skills. If he ever rapped in Somali I would probably immediately praise the song. But that will have to wait for the future. I do appreciate “ABC’s,” “Take a Minute” and “People Like Me.” Those are the ones you all should check out first. “Take a Minute” is top notch. Honestly, his first album The Dusty Foot Philosophy was better overall, but I do think the mainstream market will take notice of this one. He’s actually MTV’s artist of the week, and the dude has a unique swag, which is the main ingredient for rappers these days. It’s good to see someone from such a rough background have success, and hopefully his voice will touch the unfortunate back in Africa. Likes 1. The remix of “If Rap Gets Jealous.” 2. The featured artists – Damian Marley, Mos Def, and Chali 2na. Awesome. 3. Confidence. K’naan teaches you to appreciate your own situation, and to be confident in the things you love. Dislikes 1. He raps mostly about two subjects – his confidence and his background. Now this isn’t bad, but some variety would be nice. 2. Raw sound – inexperience shows sometimes... 3. “Bang Bang” ft. Adam Levine is just not my style... but maybe that’s for the ladies.

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Book Review | Water for Elephants

Bestselling novel shows heart and detailed research By Olivia Boyce | Asst. life editor

The year is 1932 and though the Great Depression has devastated the nation, Jacob Jankowski’s world has remained unscathed. Then, just ten days short from Jacob earning his Cornell University veterinary license, tragedy strikes his family. Left destitute, degree-less and desperate, Jacob hops on the nearest train and rides off looking for a new beginning. Soon, Jacob realizes that the train he has illegally boarded is a traveling circus train. The men he meets in his cart originally have him do grunt work to earn his keep, but when the ringmaster learns of Jacob’s almost degree, he quickly promotes Jacob to official circus veterinarian.

As Jacob soon learns, running away with the circus is nowhere near as glamorous as it is commonly portrayed. Author Sara Gruen craftily describes a number of out of the ordinary circus characters and the complicated social hierarchies that define the industry. An extension of capitalist ideals, the circus world is divided into two classes: the highclass performers and the lowly rubes, or working men. When Jacob earns his promotion to circus vet, he makes an almost unheard of transition from one social world to the next. Jacob soon sees that both worlds are equally dirty and corrupt. Uncle Al, the voraciously greedy ringmaster, has no qualms in exploiting his workforce or taking advantage of the already Depression-devastated public. Conditions are tough for everyone on the road, but especially for the animals that Jacob is hired to care for under his schizophrenic animal trainer boss, August. Jacob’s job grows infinitely more dif-

ficult when two new women crash into his life. The first is the beautiful and talented Marlena, the star of the show and a horse lover who quickly steals Jacob’s heart. Unfortunately for Jacob, Marelena is married to the extremely jealous August who makes even the most guarded of friendships between the pair nearly impossible. As if Jacob’s out of the question love interest were not enough to deal with, in walks another, even bigger dilemma –– Rosie the elephant. Uncle Al purchases Rosie the elephant when another circus goes under, convinced that this mammoth animal will be the gimmick needed to launch his circus into the big leagues. All of the pressure is on Jacob to get Rosie performance ready, but much to his and the abusive August’s dismay, the elephant seems unable to be trained –– that is until Jacob learns her secret. Told through flashbacks, Gruen successfully weaves the story of young Jacob’s circus adven-

tures with that of an elderly, depressed Jacob. Still, when a circus pitches a tent across the street from his retirement home, elderly Jacob is able to reminisce on his exciting life as a young adult. As he watches the circus through his window each afternoon, Jacob comments on how while everything else has developed, the circus world seems not to have changed. At its most basic level, Water for Elephants is an adventurous love story, one that is a fairly quick and entertaining read. On a deeper level, it deals with issues of coming to terms with one’s successes and failures and finding satisfaction in everyday life. It also deals with issues of age and will sincerely make you want to go talk to your grandparents about their early life adventures. Gruen clearly did her research in her interesting portrayal of circus culture and life during the Great Depression, all of which make this novel #1 New York Times Bestseller worthy.


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