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LeVar Burton addresses community Students take By Molly Nevola | Staff writer

“Each and every one of us is a powerful machine for manifestation. What are you committed to manifesting?” The words of actor LeVar Burton, the university’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Celebration speaker Monday evening, echoed throughout a packed Wait Chapel in a collaborative celebration by Winton-Salem State University and the university. In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Burton urged audience members to dream the big dreams and engage in the community support in passionate pursuit of those dreams. “We must be committed to our own path, our contributions; our inherent response is to discern that which is our contribution in life,” he said. Burton actor, director and author, Burton was born in West Germany on account of his father’s service

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LeVar Burton addressed students in Wait Chapel about racism, education and how to make a difference. in the military, raised in parochial school and, after moving to the United States, seriously considered the priesthood as a young teen. Burton referenced his time in

Catholic seminary as an amazing opportunity for education where he received a valuable foundation. “I looked at lifelong commitment but changed my mind, realizing that

it was possible to be an effective warrior in the world without wearing a collar,” he said. Burton moved to California where he received a bachelor’s degree and embarked upon his acting career, which commenced with his first role as Kunta Kinte in the television mini-series “Roots.” Today he is known for this role as well as being host to PBS’s EmmyAward winning show Reading Rainbow for 25 years. In 1997, Burton debuted as an author when he published his first book Aftermath, a science fiction novel that takes place in the year 2019 portraying a race war that all but destroys America. Burton has since devoted his life to increasing literacy in education while also combating racism in society. He attributes his knowledge and passion for promoting education

Order of the Twenty-Threes might more appropriately be called the path of the “Eds.” Many sources interviewed suggested that the likeliest person to have information about the society was either one of four Eds — Ed Hendricks, Ed Christman, Ed Morris or Ed Wilson. Surprisingly, these Eds, with a combined 200 years of knowledge on the university’s history, were largely uninformed about the TwentyThrees. Or in the case of Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson, unwilling to speak about See Secret Societies, Page A2

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By Jae Haley | Managing editor

“Hiding in Plain Sight” On the morning of Sept. 30, 2006, the day the Demon Deacons were set to face-off against Liberty for their annual Homecoming football game, a new flag appeared around the stadium. Flags representing all of the schools Wake Forest would play during the season were hoisted behind the home section of the stadium. But that day, Duke’s flag was missing. In its place was the flag of the Order of the Twenty-Threes, the university’s own secret society.

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existent. No written records of the group were found in the Old Gold & Black, The Howler, The History of Wake Forest, or by searches in research databases at the old and new campuses. It seems no serious research has yet been done on the group. Through interviews with members of the Twenty-Threes and those close to the group, the mystery of the society has been slowly pieced together. But still, after more than 30 interviews and hours of research, many of the most basic questions remain unanswered.

Compared with secret societies at other colleges and universities, the Order of the Twenty-Threes at Wake Forest seems to be one of the most clandestine. But what was the purpose of raising the flag of the TwentyThrees and at a football game no less where the crowd of nearly 30,000 could have seen it? Who were the alumni that the flag was communicating to, and what does it mean for them? And who are the Twenty-Threes? A Tale of the Eds The path of investigating the

Trips give students perspective Service missions to India and Mississippi serve those in need By Blake Brittain | Staff writer While the majority of university students were relaxing at home over winter break, a few more charitably minded Deacons had life-changing experiences serving others in Mississippi and India. Over the break, 11 students traveled to Calcutta, India to work with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity by changing beds, bathing patients, and feeding and comforting the sick. Also over the break, 18 students associated with the Baptist Student Union and Catholic Community drove to the Gulf Coast town of

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Pearlington, Miss., to assist the who have helped with the rebuildHurricane Katrina relief effort by ing process say there is still a great finishing the construction of sev- amount of work that needs to be done in the area. eral homes there. “Seeing the FEMA trailers, large “This was my third trip to Pearlington, and I have fallen in love debris, and the knowledge that E. coli is still preswith the people ent in the water and the commu28 months after nity,” Mary Little, “It is harder and harder for Katrina put the a BSU member me to come back to school trip in perspecand junior religion major from because while I see progress tive for me, and I Marion, N.C., has been made, I know how dare say for each one of us,” Little said. much is left to be done.” said. “It is harder Mary Little “The trip defiand harder for nitely changes Junior BSU member me to come your perspective back to school on many things, because while I especially how see progress has been made, I know how much is truly blessed that I am to be a student at Wake Forest,” Pete Mikeal, a left to be done.” While Hurricane Katrina first BSU member and senior religion struck the Gulf Coast over two years ago in August 2005, those See Service, Page A4


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Students enjoyed a day’s respite from classes due to inclement weather and dangerous road conditions on Jan. 17.

Life | B5 It’s all Greek to me

Sports | B1 Buzzer blues

A look into the pros, cons and stereotypes surrounding university Greek life.

Men’s basketball drops to 2-3 in the ACC with an overtime loss at Clemson. Team looks to rebound against Miami Jan. 29.

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By Elliot Engstrom | News editor

Students Working Against Poverty, a group made up of university students who are dedicated to combating poverty, are putting their concerns into action by sponsoring “kNOw Poverty Week.” The week will feature a series of events Jan. 28 – Feb. 1, and it’s designed to raise public awareness of poverty and give students and community members a way to help in the battle against poverty. Emily White, co-president of SWAP, has had a great deal of involvement in the planning of the week’s events ever since she arrived on campus for her senior year in the fall. “We’ve been planning for a long time,” said White. “We started meeting the first week of last semester. It’s a pretty small little group, so it’s a good 10-20 hour commitment each week.” Angel Hattery, associate professor of sociology, will lead a panel discussion of regional poverty at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Annenberg Forum. Admission is free, and the public are welcome. “Angel Hattery does a lot of work with poverty in the south, and we are happy to be having her lead the panel discussion,” said White. Next on Jan. 29, the organization will host “deFeet Poverty,” a 5k run on the cross-country trails near the Miller Center. The entry fee is $15 cash or $17 Deacon Dollars, and it includes an event T-shirt. Proceeds will be donated to Winston-Salem’s Crisis Control Ministry. “kNOw Poverty,” the week’s signature event, will be held Jan. 30 on Manchester Plaza. SWAP members, along with representatives from other groups, will work throughout the day to package over 10,000 relief meals. The bag meals each contain six servings, each of which is 220 calories. The event is being held in cooperation with the international relief agency Stop Hunger Now. Groups may join by donating $100 for food and materials. “To be able to participate we have to be able to raise over $2,000, and as of right now we have 17 groups across campus working with us,” White said. “To work they give a $100 donation, and that’s how we pay for this.” Angel Hattery, associate professor of sociology, will lead a panel discussion of regional poverty at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Annenberg Forum. Admission is free, and the public are welcome. “Angel Hattery does a lot of work with poverty in the south, and we are happy to be having her lead the panel discussion,” said White. “Micro-credit and the Future of Poverty,” a PBS documentary, is being shown at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Annenberg Forum. The “Third Annual stArt Student Art Auction” will be the final event of the week, held Feb. 1

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The group’s flag, featuring a black background with the Roman numerals XXIII in gold and white lettering, seemed out of place among the others, but how many even noticed, and who understood what it was? The raising of the flag is just one incident orchestrated by the TwentyThrees in the past three years that has spurred this investigation of the group. Because of the flag and other public events, many students have become aware of the group’s existence on the campus, though official information about the group is practically non-

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Brieflies University’s immigration conference to air on radio station An immigration conference held at the university last October will be broadcast on radio station WFDD, 88.5 FM. WFDD will air different portions of the threeday conference from 6-7 p.m. each Sunday evening in January. The conference was entitled “Immigration, Recasting the Debate.”

Reynolda House holiday estate tours offered to visitors Take advantage of this special chance to visit the beautiful sights along the “Reynolda Mile.” Tickets are available at each venue on the day of the tour and are $15. Shuttles will run between the sites. For more information, contact Reynolda House Museum of American Art at Ext. 5150.

Professor to speak at Convocation Biology professor Herman Eure will give a speech on the evolution of the university’s history at Founders’ Day Convocation on Feb. 7. For more information contact Eric Frazier at Ext. 5237.

Curator to give presentation on modern art Allison Slaby, curator of the exhibition, “Wordplay: Text and Modern Art,” will give a gallery talk in which she will puzzle out the textual interplay of works by Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, Glenn Ligon and others. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Reynolda House.

Theatrical professionals to present plays The university will work with the Virtual Theatre Project to present staged readings of the first and second runner-up plays in the 2007 “The Pen is a Mighty Sword” playwriting competition. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 in the Ring Theatre. For more information contact Leslie Spencer at

Medical school releases information on a new cancer test The medical school’s studies prove a new blood test as a promising detector of one’s potential for prostate cancer. The test uses genetics rather than characteristics like race or age to show a male’s potential for obtaining this type of cancer. For more information visit

Carolina Piano Trio to perform at Reynolda House Members of the ensemble include Barbara McKenzie, piano, Jacqui Carrasco, violin and Elizabeth Anderson, cello. The event will take place at 8:00 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Babcock Auditorium in the Reynolda House. Admission is $10 for members and $8 for students.


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the society. The hunt began with Ed Hendricks, a professor of history, who has taught at the university for more than 40 years and is well-known for his History of Wake Forest University course. His knowledge about the university is legendary, so much so that Jean Christman, class of 1951, wife of former chaplain Ed Christman, said, “It’s a figment of someone’s imagination if Ed Hendricks doesn’t know about it.” But he didn’t. Hendricks had not heard or read anything about the group. Christman’s husband was also unaware of the Twenty-Threes, though Ed Christman’s ties to the university date back further than Hendricks’ to 1947 when he enrolled at the college. Next up was Ed Morris, director of the Wake Forest Birthplace Society, who said he is aware of the existence of the Twenty-Threes, but knows little else. He speculated that the group formed while the university was located in the town of Wake Forest, the original location of the college when it was founded in 1834 near Raleigh. The society may have formed in 1923, which might explain the Order’s name. At this year’s President’s Leadership Conference held at the old campus, Vice President of Student Life Ken Zick mentioned a university group that began in 1923 but did not specify which one, according to student trustee senior Carolyn Harbaugh, who attended the conference. However, members of the society would not reveal the exact date of the society’s founding or the origin of its name. “The answer will lie in Wake Forest history,” Zick said in his only explanation for the group’s name. Interestingly, the university’s mascot name, the “Demon Deacon,” was coined in 1923. Last of all the Eds and perhaps the most definitive source of university knowledge is Ed Wilson, who enrolled at the college in 1937 and has served at the university in various capacities until his official retirement in 2005. He said he knows of such a society but would not be quoted for this article. Ed Wilson was just one of the many people interviewed who either would not speak about the society or who wanted to remain anonymous if he did harbor useful information. Much of the information about the Twenty-Threes is extremely private as evidenced by the many interviewees who knew of the group but denied having any further knowledge about it, and it seems the Order is well-intent on keeping it that way. The spirit of Wake Forest? Secrecy does not prevent the Twenty-Threes from making their presence felt at the university. In addition to raising its flag at the 2006 Homecoming game, the society flew it again at this year’s Homecoming game against Army, replacing the

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The Wake Forest flag was replaced by a flag with the symbol of a university secret society “the Twenty-Threes” during this year’s Homecoming football game against Army. flag with the university’s logo with their own. Brett Hickman, director of operations and facilities for athletics, said flying the secret society’s flag was a Homecoming tradition. The request to switch the two flags comes from Zick’s office, he said. Zick said some members of the Twenty-Threes approached him a few years ago to ask for his help in flying the flag and for support for the society in general. “The flag is a celebration of Wake Forest and its alumni, and that’s reason enough,” Zick said in his only explanation for the society’s intent in flying its flag during the Homecoming game. The most recent public event affiliated with the Twenty-Threes occurred just this semester during the Spirit of Wake Forest, an orientation event held Aug. 24 in Wait Chapel to introduce the freshman class to various university traditions. At the end of the event, hosted by the Traditions Council, pieces of white paper were released from the ceiling of the chapel which bore a message of welcome to the incoming class along with the Twenty-Threes’ symbol. This event seems closer to the purpose of the group, which is to preserve the ethos and spirit of the university, according to Zick. “The group wants to celebrate Wake Forest and its values of pro humanitate,” he said. John Pyle, ’07, whose membership in the Twenty-Threes could not be confirmed, echoed Zick’s words. “The goal is to increase love of Wake Forest,” Pyle wrote in an e-mail. The purpose of a secret society and its degree of influence on campus depends on the society itself and its mission. Some, like the Twenty-Threes, aim to perform philanthropic works, while others exist more for recreational purposes for its members. Another event, ostensibly held to promote the Twenty-Threes’ goal of fostering ties among the community, was more exclusive than the previous three. An invitation-only dinner was hosted by the Twenty-Threes at the Graylyn International Conference Center during the spring 2007 semes-

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ter. Fittingly, 23 students were invited, according to two anonymous sources, who both attended the dinner. The society impressed upon the dinner party attendees that the event was held to show appreciation for various students and their work for the university. Those invited received small framed cards as a token of recognition by the society. Staging a comeback How or why the Twenty-Threes have made visible strides to assert its place on campus again is left up to speculation. It is apparent, however, that the society is actively recruiting and has been doing so since at least last year and possibly earlier. The identity of the students who led the revival of the Twenty-Threes could not be confirmed, though the first appearance of the secret society’s flag in 2006 suggests it was being planned in the few years prior. It is unclear how much support the Twenty-Threes have received from the university since its inception, though some secret societies at other universities are supported by their respective administrations and are thus a large part of the student life experience, as is the case at the University of Virginia, for example. Director of Student Development Mike Ford suggested the TwentyThrees could receive substantial support, both financial and otherwise, from the current administration. He said President Nathan O. Hatch would be likely to support such a society because “he has an appreciation for institutional traditions, heritage and service to the university.” The identity of the remaining members could not be confirmed, with the exception of former Student Government president Shannon Philmon, ’07. Many suspected to be in the group denied knowing about the Twenty-Threes or their membership in the group. Zick would not reveal any of the names of members in the society, but he did say they are all good people who exhibit openness and tolerance. He also said members are both inde-

pendent and Greek. The full details of the selection process of future members are unknown, however. Generally, invitation to a secret society is an honor reserved for the elite, distinguished members on campus. Some societies pluck members from specific leadership positions, such as the student body president or the editor of the school newspaper. Many societies commonly restrict membership to seniors. Bob Mills, associate vice president of advancement, related his own encounter with the Twenty-Threes and at least one aspect of their recruitment. In the spring 2007 semester, Mills received a phone call from a parent of a freshman girl who had received an invitation to be inducted into the secret society, wanting to know more information about the group. The freshman was told to pick up her invitation at President Hatch’s office. Mary Pugel, senior executive assistant to the president, confirmed that the office served as a pick-up point for the invitation, but she was not sure whether the incident was isolated or if all invitations filter through his office. When members are inducted or where the ceremonies are held could not be learned. The identity of the Twenty-Threes can be revealed at graduation, however. Members can wear medallions with the symbol of the society around their necks, according to Philmon.

Never-ending mystery This investigation into the Order of the Twenty-Threes has ultimately ended in a new set of questions rather than answers. Responses to questions, if given, were usually cryptic and short. Honesty and clarity were in short supply in many interviews. Several chose not to answer any questions at all. Many sources gave conflicting information, and the looming question surrounding this endeavor was “Who can be trusted?” And still, after dozens of interviews and in-depth research, the question remains — who are the TwentyThrees?

POLICE BEAT Alcohol and Drug Violations • After stopping a suspicious vehicle on Wake Forest Road Jan. 14, University Police arrested a Winston-Salem man for reckless driving, driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana. • During a routine patrol Jan. 16 near the tennis courts on Wake Forest Road, University Police observed an underage student urinating in public and becoming ill. After questioning him, they determined he had consumed alcohol. He was taken to the Student Health Service, where he was kept for observation. Information about the incident was provided to Harold Holmes, associate vice president and dean of student services. • University Police questioned an underage student they observed running with his shoes on his hands along Wingate Road near Carroll Weathers Drive Jan. 18 and determined he had consumed alcohol. Police escorted him back to his residence

and provided information about the incident to the dean of student services. • During a security check Jan. 18 at Luter Residence Hall, University Police observed an underage student consuming alcohol. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services. • University Police responded Jan.19 to a call about an unresponsive student at Babcock Residence Hall and found that three underage students had been consuming alcohol. One student was taken to the Student Health Center. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services. • Ten underage students were charged with consuming alcohol Jan. 19 after University Police investigated loud talking coming from a room in Bostwick Residence Hall. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services.

Theft • A door-mounted, full-length mirror valued at $20 was reported stolen from a secured room in Luter Residence Hall between Dec. 15 and Jan. 8. • Clothing valued at $115 was reported stolen from an unattended dryer in the Collins Residence Hall laundry room between 12:40 p.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 15. • A flat-screen television valued at $500 was reported stolen from a room at Student Apartments between Dec. 17 and Jan. 16. • Cash totaling $250 was reported stolen from an unsecured room in Luter Residence Hall between 12 p.m. Jan. 17 and 7 p.m. Jan. 18. University Police responded to 48 calls from Jan. 13-20, including 13 incidents and investigations and 35 service calls.

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Exhibition will show global wedding customs By Katie Phillips | Contributing writer

The university’s Museum of Anthropology will be showcasing a new exhibit Jan. 25-May 3. Titled Ties That Bind: Wedding Customs from Around the World, the exhibit features wedding attire from seven different cultures. Lydia Dorsey, a senior anthropology major and designer of the exhibit, interned last fall at the museum. She was assigned the task of developing an exhibit using seven pairs of wedding costumes, loaned to the university by Ten Thousand Villages in Greensboro. Approaching the exhibit from an anthropological standpoint, Dorsey aimed to make the communal symbols behind the clothes hold more meaning than the individual clothes themselves. “The exhibit will show the role weddings play in a community and culture,” Dorsey said in the museum’s newsletter. It was important to her and the museum’s curator, Beverlye Hancock, to show the significance of weddings in these communities through traditional wedding attire. “Weddings bring people together; it is a communal event,” Dorsey said. The exhibit attempts to not simply show individual wedding costumes or even weddings, but rather the meaning and symbolism behind the tradition as a whole. The seven cultures represented are the Quiche Maya from Guatemala, Mapuche from Peru, Maasai from Kenya, Rajastan from India, Java from Indonesia and the Blue Hmong and Mien from Thailand.

In the beginning of the school year, Dorsey learned the process of creating an exhibit, which includes labeling, cataloguing and installing. She assisted with two exhibits last semester, Día de los Muertos and Face to Face: The Arts of Exchange in Mainland Papua New Guinea. She came into the most recent project with little knowledge of what goes into the display aspects of museum exhibits. Dorsey said that even the type of font used for display is an important facet of the overall project. Beginning in October, Dorsey did extensive research on the seven cultures that would eventually be exhibited in the museum. She gained rare experience for a college student, essentially being able to complete the research and development of the exhibit with the oversight of the museum’s staff. “My work on these exhibits helped me realize that the earlier you begin installation, the better,” Dorsey said. “Just like planning a party, no matter how much you prepare for the day, there will always be unexpected bumps in the road.” Hancock oversaw the Dorsey’s work. She too believes that the university has provided a unique opportunity for Dorsey, something that can be experienced on rare occasion. According to Hancock, this opportunity will give Dorsey a leg up when applying to graduate schools, where she will most likely study curating and possibly law. And to add a personal note to the final exhibit, the wedding dress of Dorsey’s mother will be showcased at the entrance, guiding visitors into the exhibit full of marital culture and symbols.

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Two wedding dresses are displayed at a new exhibit in the university’s Museum of Anthropology, which highlights wedding clothes from seven different cultures.

Wiki site offers university forum, but fails to impress By Caitlin Brooks | Staff writer

Students may spend hours procrastinating on Wikipedia, but the same has yet to apply to the “Wake Wiki.” The university’s unofficial networking forum,, provides students with an easy to navigate Web site boasting the motto “information for students, by students.” The site is powered by MediaWiki, the same organization that runs Wikipedia. The word “wiki,” or “fast” in Hawaiian, is best known as the prefix of Wikipedia, the worldwide free encyclopedia written and edited by the public. The first Wiki was WikiWikiWeb, invented in 1994 by Ward Cunningham as software that allowed users to create, edit and link Web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create community Web sites like databases and forums. They are used to network businesses and schools. Cunningham originally described WikiWikiWeb as “the simplest online database that could possibly

work.” The university’s Wiki allows students to into a similar level of student interest and use. To pose questions to their classmates about university the contrary, student interest in the site seems to life, classes or any other subject and receive prompt be meager, if that. feedback. The site is scarcely used, and The layout of the site is distinctly seems to be merely barebones at similar to that of Wikipedia. “I might try checking it out the moment. Students merely register on Sophomore Kyle Rogers recently to see if things are updated the site, a process that takes less joined the Wiki network. than five minutes and requires a or if there are any topics that “The layout makes about as valid college e-mail address, and interest me in the future, but much sense as Wikipedia itself then are on their way to theoretidoes, but it’s a little hard to tell right now, the site isn’t too cally unlimited information and when the search function doesn’t useful.” resources. have anything to search for,” April Nutt Users may register to receive Rogers said. e-mail notifications of their classFreshman “Right now, the only articles mates’ queries based on graduathat seem to be on the site are tion year, residence hall or class. those on the front page.” Additionally, the Web site pro“I think it (the Web site) is a vides a newsfeed of university press from major good idea but it needs a lot of work,” said freshpublications so that new information is only a man April Nutt. click away. “It’s a feasible option but at the moment it seems However, the Collegewiki site’s similarity in to be a little too sporadic. The article topics are layout and content to Wikipedia has not translated mostly useless and have nothing to do with Wake at

all.” The future looks uncertain for the site. “I’ll use it to spread my earthly wisdom concerning Wake Forest and its surroundings to all who desire it. But that’ll only happen if people actually start posting more articles and questions,” said Rogers. Nutt agreed. “I might try checking it out to see if things are updated or if there are any topics that interest me in the future, but right now, the site isn’t too useful,” she said. Until either students find new interest in the site or the site comes out with new and improved features, students may continue to lack interest in the site. The site depends on user input such as forum posts and the writing of articles as its main source of materials. This means that the more lack of interest that there is in the site, the less material there will be available, and the less appealing and useful the site will be. Unless student interest is stimulated or more useful information is added, a bright future for the site appears doubtful.

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Jim Coffey, landscaping services manager, is serious about the sustainability push at the university. And as such, Coffey is excited about the current, ongoing initiative to distribute individual recycling containers to all faculty and staff members. “The idea is that all initiatives are a community effort,” Coffey said. “We should put the responsibility onto everyone collectively, not just the housekeeping staff.” The Rubbermaid receptacles, which are blue, come in three and a half and seven gallon sizes. So far, almost 900 have been distributed and 3,000 have been ordered. The target for the initiative is to give every faculty and staff member their own bucket, which they will then empty into the larger black bins. As part of that plan, the larger bins themselves are being redone, or “dressed up” to be more aesthetically pleasing. Coffey calls them “recycling corrals,” and indeed the hope is that they will contribute to the plan to corral the wider university community into the sustainability initiative. “Sustainability is always on the horizon,” Coffey said. With an eye toward this blossoming, Coffey expects the current ad hoc faculty committee on sustainability to soon become a more formal, influential body. “It’s a long term behavior change,” said Head Horticulturist Craig Mauney. “Once it becomes natural, instead of going to the trash can, you go to the recycling can.” Coffey points out that recycling is generally not convenient. But to illustrate the volume of waste that can be avoided by steady use of

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Recycling bins are being distributed throughout the university in order to increase faculty and staff awareness and make recycling a community-wide effort. the new, more well-situated receptacles, he said that he now has one of the new recycling buckets, and he uses it more than his trash can. The key to the success of the initiative is faculty support, which Coffey

envisions emanating from the provost on down, and is crucial if the program is to last. “We can make this an academic (endeavor), rather than a facilities management endeavor,” he said.

If you have not yet received one of the recycling buckets, or even want an extra one, please contact the Customer Service Center at Ext. 4255 to be placed to the Facilities Management Recycling Center.

at 7 p.m. at the Downtown District Association’s Community Center. Art by university students and professors will be up for auction to benefit Crisis Control Ministry. Music will be provided by a string ensemble, and food and wine will be served. “It’s during the very first gallery hop of the year,” White said of the event. “A group of Wake students are doing a string quartet for us featuring music like The Beatles. Food is also being donated for the event, and it is totally open to the public.” “Getting the alcohol serving permit for the art auction took a long time,” White said as an example of the amount of effort the group has put into these events. “We have 150 volunteers on our sheets,” White said. “One of my friends, Drew Crofton, started the group, and after he graduated he pretty much left it to us, just as we are going to leave it to others.” SWAP may be a relatively small group, but they put a great deal of time and effort into their endeavors, and are always willing to accept outside help. “We have access to so many resources at Wake,” said White. “Being able to use those to help people outside of our own circumstance.” SWAP will host a “media blitz” at 1p.m. Jan. 27 on the Mag Quad and all are welcome to attend. Anyone who is interested in participating in any of the events can contact Emily White at

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major from Raleigh, N.C., said. According to those who went on the Gulf Coast service trip, smaller areas such as Pearlington are often overlooked in the aftermath of Katrina, as opposed to the great publicity given to a city like New Orleans. “All the attention is still centered on New Orleans as far as federal aid and relief is concerned, and rightly so because Katrina wreaked havoc to a tremendous degree there as well,” Little said. “But what many people may not realize is that when Katrina shifted eastward from New Orleans, the eye of the storm went right over Pearlington.” “The town of around 600 people was discovered by accident when a National Guard helicopter flew over on its way to New Orleans and saw people

in the treetops,” Little added. “The stories I have Davies about thirteen years ago and it has taken heard about how people survived the storm and place every winter break since. then the shock, grief and dis“Calcutta is a place belief that their entire world unlike anything I’ve ever “The work we did over there had been washed away in a seen before,” Ali Schlemmatter of hours have gotten mer, trip leader and senior was incredibly rewarding, and it under my skin and seeped history major from Pittsmade me realize that two small into my bones.” burgh, Penn., said. hands can indeed change the world, Also over the break, “It assaulted all my senses another group of univerand really forced me to take if only by making one more person’s sity students served the a good hard look at myself life a little easier for a day.” less fortunate half a world and my life.” Ali Sclemmer away, with the MissionarThe Missionaries of Senior trip leader ies of Charity in Calcutta, Charity is a Roman CathIndia. The City of Joy trip olic religious organization was sponsored by the Volestablished by Mother unteer Service Corps. The Teresa in 1950 to serve annual trip was started by Wake student Jessica the destitute citizens and impoverished people in

Calcutta and the surrounding area. The university volunteer group provided help to the Missionaries of Charity in several ways, including working in and around homes run by the Missionaries around Calcutta. “Some of the homes are orphanages for abandoned or severely handicapped children, while others include a hospice and several nursing home type places,” Schlemmer said. “We also worked at a school called the Loretto Day School, which is not affiliated with the Missionaries but which the City of Joy group two years ago actually stumbled upon and greatly enjoyed.” “The work we did over there was incredibly rewarding, and it made me realize that two small hands can indeed change the world, if only by making one more person’s life a little easier for a day,” Schlemmer added.

Members of the university speak about its history By Liza Greenspun | News editor

An event featuring long-time members of the university community who will discuss how the university has changed over the years will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in Shorty’s. According to senior Whitney Marshall, Student Government president, the program will give a brief history of the university, with a questionand-answer session between facilitator Clay Hipp, senior lecturer at Calloway and panelists Ed Wilson, provost emeritus and Herman Eure, professor of biolMarshall ogy. “What’s unique about Ed Wilson,” Marshall said, “is that he’s been at Wake Forest since 1939.” This is particularly unique because Wilson was at the university to experience the transition between the old campus in Wake Forest, N.C. and the new, current campus, which occurred in the 1950s. Marshall said that Wilson has done pretty much everything at the university, from being a student to a professor to a provost. Eure, Marshall said, has also been at the university for many years; he graduated

in 1969 and became the first black faculty to a new location. “I can only imagmember at the university in 1974. ine how (the move) impacted campus Eure will also be the speaker at Found- culture,” Marshall said, adding that she er’s Day Convocation at 4:30 p.m. Feb. herself has recently learned interest7 in Wait Chapel, ing facts about the speaking about the university’s history, evolutionary history “We just want students to come such as that until of the university by to this program so they can get a the 1970s men drawing upon his and women were better understanding of what it separated, teachings of evoluwith is to be a Wake Forest student...” women on South tion. Similarly, the two campus and men Whitney Marshall panelists will sit on on North campus. Student Government President stage in Shorty’s Jan. She also learned 30 with Hipp to disthat the student cuss the evolution of apartments were the university, similarities and differ- formerly provided for married couples ences between the two campuses, the at the university. role of Shorty’s on the old campus, how Interesting facts such as these and the new campus has changed over time many others will be discussed during the and the overall spirit of the university, event for anyone interested in learning Marshall said. a little more about the university. “You could consider the spirit of Wake “We would love for it to be packed,” Forest the things that make Wake Forest Marshall said of her hopes for the proWake Forest ­– the traditions and things gram. The idea for such a program that did not change when the campus came about last semester when Hipp moved in the 1950s,” she said. “We just approached Marshall about having such want students to come to this program a talk about the history of the university, so they can get a better understanding especially in light of the controversy in of what it is to be a Wake Forest student, the spring of 2007 about the possibility to better understand what the spirit of of replacing Shorty’s and the current Wake Forest is.” plans for renovating Benson. This opportunity is unique because the Marshall said that while final preparaspeakers have been a part of the university tions have not been completed, they are for so many years and have grown along hoping to provide hot dogs and sodas to with the campus, even through the move those who attend the program.

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Several long-time members of the campus community will discuss the evolution of the university, including that of Shorty’s, Jan. 30.

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to the teachings and examples set forth by his mother, an English teacher who raised him as a single parent. “In my mother’s house you either read a book or got hit in the head with it,” Burton said. Burton said his mother was determined that he learn there were no limits on his ability to accomplish anything if he put his whole self to the effort. “It was a remarkable value to be incubated in,” he said. Burton found the powerful meaning of television and because it was no secret that children watched a lot of it, he set out to take the medium and use it for good. Reading Rainbow engaged in subtle rather than overt efforts to promote diversity — showing the reality of slavery and women in non-traditional roles. Burton said that he loved being a producer and being able to make television come to life since he had been shaped by the television he watched as a child. The value placed on education in his family helped him realize that although racism was no foreign issue in his world growing up, it could be combated. “My mom warned that I would inherit a world of hostility and that education was the best tool to level the playing field,” he said. Burton said that there was no one cause or event that prompted him to devote much of his life to fighting racism. While he was a victim of racism himself, which hurts and often disappoints, he also learned to live with it. “You learn to develop a skin; you learn to develop armor,” he said. Burton quoted the philosopher Nietzsche who once said “that which does not kill me makes me stronger.” Life wasn’t always fair to Burton, he said, but it was real. According to Burton, growing up in his time was a whole different universe than today’s world. The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. was equally as monumental at those of both John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy in the recent years preceding. He described King as one of the best writers as well as orators, someone who was known for his powerful delivery and by the encouragement he left in his writings. “I remember the power of the way people responded to him even though

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Actor LaVar Burton visited the university Jan. 21 to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Burton challenged students to make a difference in the world by relating his own experiences. I didn’t always understand the rhetoric,” he said. King’s words about the power of dreams, which he eloquently used as a weapon and a shield, Burton said, is what Burton hopes to pay forward to society today. “One generation’s responsibility and mission is to pass on that which is a value and benefit to the greater good to the generation following,” he said. Elated by the opportunity to speak in honor of King, Burton said that in the 1970s, he had a part in the move-

ment to establish King’s birthday as a national holiday, done so officially by Ronald Reagan in 1983. When asked about who younger people today admire and presented with the names Barrack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, Burton nodded affirmatively. “There are people who are getting it done in spite of overwhelming odds,” he said. Burton referred to King himself as a spiritual warrior and suggested that all people are not so much human beings but God-beings, temporarily vested in

human experience. But Burton hopes to extend the mission of King to the future. “I want us to move on from the traditions of this MLK day,” he said. “I hope that by observing this day, we can have an impact on the next generation of leaders—that is the real meaning of MLK day.” In his closing, Burton summed up the three modes of human communication—thinking, speaking and doing. He asked which mode has the most impact on others, a question he typi-

cally presented to elementary and high schools. “What I know is that our thoughts are the engines that drive the train of imagination,” he said. “Our thinking is the most powerful.” The best thing that the average person can do is to live one’s own dream to the best of one’s ability, he said. And will we ever achieve King’s dream? “I’m betting on the human beings,” he said, “to find that which we have in common rather than what separates us.”

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University should seek to reach new goals this year


t the beginning of a year, it is tradition to take stock of what happened in the 365 days passed and think about what should be in the 365 to come. While most of us have already made and broken our personal resolutions, 2008 has just begun for the university. So we present to you, Wake Forest, a list of goals worth striving for this year. 1. Continue to raise faculty salaries. If we are to be the nationally esteemed university we aspire to be, we must retain and recruit the best professors. And yet salaries lag behind our competitors. The administration has taken long-overdue steps to begin to overcome the deficit, but there is a long way yet to go. As the strategic plan wraps up this year, all other spending priorities should be secondary. 2. Politics. No election since the 1950s has found the nation’s political parties so in flux, with no incumbents, no inevitable frontrunners and real ideological conflicts all around. Too often our campus seems averse to political involvement. With the war in Iraq ongoing and a rare opportunity for change upon us, let’s make this year different. The primaries are already of topic of conversation; make them a topic for action. Have debates and events, formal and informal, engage your friends and classmates join a campaign, and register to vote. If you’re headed abroad or will be far from home come election day, be sure to take a few minutes today to line up an absentee ballot. The worst form of naiveté is the cynicism which believes our involvement makes no difference. 3. Dump Lenovo. No object is more central to students’ lives than the ubiquitous laptop computer. Unfortunately, we have fallen

far from the technology leaders we once were. Recent models have grown bulkier but extremely short on battery life relative to the market. The latest Lenovos’ astounding unreliability is overloading already beleaguered technical support. The headaches are all the more vexing because students have no choice in tech purchases. It’s time for a dramatic turn around. 4. Support your oftoverlooked sports. There are thrilling competitions other than football. Many teams, most especially women’s, work hard and put on a good show to empty stands. Deacs deserve better. Try catching a few new games this year. You’ll like it. 5. Bring back our trays. Last year in the midst of drought, trays disappeared from the Pit, reportedly to save water. Well, we’ve had plenty of precipitation but still no trays. There are other ways to conserve, like not having to clean up spills caused by the trays’ absence. 6. Put a recreation center back on the front burner. The popularity of Campus Rec programs and crowded gyms shows the need for a new building, one most universities already have. It would also serve as an excellent gathering place to boost overall student life. 7. Paint the water tower. The rust may be turning it a unique yellowish shade, but it’s not the kind of Old Gold we like to see. Isn’t it about time the tower had a nice coat of fresh paint? 8. Boost SBAC funding. The money allocated for student organizations has not kept place with inflation and the school’s growth. These groups are needed for a vital campus community. More students are getting involved, and more still should, but they shouldn’t be further stymied. 9. More snow days.

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Students should be proud to be American

When studying abroad, students should not hide their citizenship

(Canadian consulate) for many hours to no longer be. I bucked the trend and willingly, without reservation, admitted to be an American whenever the locals asked. I expected some local hostility, and I just thought to myself, “eh, no big deal, I’ll live through it.” Ironically, I found out that claiming my American association was probably one of the smartest decisions I made while traveling abroad. Not only did I avoid the awkward feeling of self-shame for denial of national identity, but it allowed me opportunities to better appreciate the delights of Europe and their perspectives. Hall Wang To begin with, it brought me much Guest columnist admiration and respect in many places, notably in Ireland, Germany and or Americans it is easy to come Normandy. under the impression that people Locals warmly greeted me and were the world over hate them and happy to strike up a conversation, even their country with bitterness. buying me a beer. Yet for me, more Within the past couple of years, the news media has only told reports of new interestingly were the times when foreign relations lows and has spoken of locals would strike up conversations hammering away their dislike for the an intensified anti-American sentiment United States. across the globe. Never were they hostile about it, Granted, anti-American sentiment but it sure was always an eye opening has always existed and been reported experience to just listen. They spoke of on, with images of burning American the expected — the War in Iraq and flags nothing new; however, this time President George W. it is different. It is Bush. They also spoke no longer just the Ironically, I found out that of the unexpected usual suspects like — pollution, Cuba and Muslim claiming my American assopoor healthcare, extremists, but our and racism. They traditional friends and ciation was probably one of the smartest decisions I made also spoke of the allies. downright awkward, Images of masses of while traveling abroad. Not such as the dislike of Australians, Britons only did I avoid the awkward fat people and Britney and South Koreans feeling of self-shame for denial Spears. protesting American Mutually, it was policies are startling of national identity, but it albeneficial. I came to and understandably lowed me opportunities to betappreciate their world intimidating. ter appreciate the delights of perspective and they This anti-American were able to appreciate anxiety frequently Europe and their perspectives. that I was willing to follows many listen and not just the Americans when they stereotypical arrogant travel abroad. Afraid American. of being targets of prejudice and public So my advice for those masses of rudeness by the locals, many no longer young American students traveling identify themselves as Americans. One abroad in the spring is to cut off that of the classic techniques to do so is to Canadian flag and travel with the claim to be Canadian, and it is really courage to proudly say, “I am from the true. People abroad by in large will buy that false pretense because they can’t tell United States.” If you don’t, there may be no harm the difference. for you’ll be able to gloat to your When I studied abroad in Europe friends about your travels one way or last fall, I found some of my fellow another. You’ll only be missing out on Americans to go so far as to sew a a little added hospitality and a learning Canadian flag on their backpack or experience of a lifetime. Remember jacket. Ironically for me, once upon a — countless Americans have walked time I could have legitimately claimed before you with the grit of courage, to be Canadian, having lived there and and Europeans, whether love or hate earned Canadian citizenship. America today, remember and respect It just so happens, that in 2001, I that. chose to start living with an American They never forgot how our forefathers passport and began the process of walked the sands of Normandy and forgoing my Canadian association, challenged mother Russia. So a little absolving my Canadian citizenship. courage to say “I am an American” So for me, I wasn’t going to pretend shouldn’t be that difficult. to be something I paid 60 American dollars, called up countless French/ Hall Wang is a senior political science English automated messages and major from Short Hills, N.J. waited in line under a maple leaf flag


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Writing in to newspaper breeds self-examination

Having to defend one’s thoughts strengthens ideas and convictions Derrick Nantz Guest columnist


riting a letter to the editor in response to an article about letters to the editor may seem inane. I cannot, however, help but use this opportunity to take junior Alex Osteen’s advice (“Editorials give power to thoughts, opinions,” Jan. 17) and write a letter to the editor exclaiming my strong support for his recommendation that students discover the importance and take advantage of writing opinion letters in periodicals like the Old Gold & Black. Osteen’s strongest point in his article lies in his recognition that it is “vital

to not only know where you stand on key issues, but to also be able to defend your stances.” Why, I might ask, is this so? Why is it important to know where you stand on key issues? My answer: because ideas matter. Abstract ideas play a fundamental role in advancing or inhibiting each person’s life (whether one is aware of this fact or not) and, therein, have life or death significance for us. Indeed, it is true that to the average college student abstract ideas seem superfluous and impertinent. The bulk of today’s college students who “know better” seem convinced that no one can ever really know anything. (How they are certain of this, I am not sure.) Meanwhile, the rest of today’s “interested” students seem to find ideas attractive only from the “practical” standpoint that if they “learn” (i.e. memorize) such ideas sufficiently they can do well in school and “make it” in the real world. This is a false alternative and neither

approach is good or practical, how- nating human life to irrational ideology. ever. On a personal level, the ideas one accepts Each person must devote a significant are no less vital to the course one’s own portion of his or her time to understand- life will take. ing abstract, philosophic principles How one thinks (if at all) means because when such ideas how one chooses to are correctly grasped think about the world and implemented they Indeed, it is true that – whether one takes become indispensable to the average college facts as important, or in serving one’s life. feelings, or revelations On a societal level, student abstract ideas or one tries some mixthe power of ideas can seem superfluous and ture of all the above. be seen in the Enlight- impertinent. The bulk of One’s approach to this enment, the Industrial “how” clearly will affect Revolution and the today’s college students what ideas one will American Revolution, who “know better” seem accept and how one will all explicit products of convinced that no one can then act in the world. It ideas. will undoubtedly deterEqually, so too can ever really know anything. mine the extent of one’s it be seen in Nazi Gerrelationship to realmany, Communist ity and thereby affect Russia and Fundamentalist Islam. everything in one’s reality, for example, Only, the ideas which fueled these the way one deals with others, the level regimes were ones which destroyed of one’s personal happiness, one’s selfhuman life on a massive scale, subordi- esteem, one’s introspective ability, one’s

courageousness and likely, one’s level of personal success. Ideas are not strictly for armchair philosophers and academicians; they have real life significance. Certainly, it is important, as Socrates says, for one to “know thyself ” and to seek the truth above all else. But, this is hardly enough. If one cares at all about one’s ideas, one must fight. One must fight for one’s beliefs and the principles one holds highest. In a civilized society this means one thing alone: communicating such ideas to others as clearly, rationally and persuasively as possible in any and all forums available to one. For the average student or citizen, the best way to do this is, as Osteen recommends, by writing letters to the editor in one’s local newspaper.

Derrick Nantz is a graduate counseling student in the Class of 2009 from Morehead City, N.C.

Fox News drops ‘coverage’ ball

of any candidate is on principle worthy of admonishment. For a network whose bread and butter audience is largely right-wing and Republican, employing such censor-like practices that defy the values of conservatism in covering political candidates seems foolhardy. Bryan Davis Keith More importantly though, Old Gold & Black columnist Fox News’ unwillingness to hear Ron Paul and his iberals bash it as rightlibertarian approach to wing propaganda. conservatism is doing a grave Conservatives hail it as disservice to the conservative the only refuge on television voter base. from the liberally slanted Take one look at the GOP media giant. Conservative, race for the presidential nod moderate or liberal, everyone today and it’s quite clear that that even remotely follows no one candidate is clicking politics has an opinion on Fox with conservatives. Guiliani News. has no element of social Being a conservative, I will conservatism, and Romney’s concede two points regarding credentials there are suspect Fox News. One, its coverage as well. McCain is soft on is slanted, just like CNN, MSNBC and every other news immigration and tax cuts. Huckabee doesn’t appeal to network out there. The news non-evangelicals. Thompson is a business, and Fox News’ doesn’t appeal to anyone. audience is the right wing. Conservatives don’t have a They cater to it. Two, Fox leader to follow, and they will News is my preferred source need one to combat whoever for news on TV. the Democrats put forward this Well, it was anyway. cycle. Throughout its coverage of Meanwhile, while not the 2008 race for the GOP contending for the win, Ron presidential nomination, Paul is consistently pulling his the network has trivialized 10 percent of the vote. He is and outright dismissed doing better than any fringe the candidacy of a fellow candidate in recent memory, conservative, Ron Paul. and that makes it clear that Despite defeating fellow something in candidates Fred Thompson and Given this past history, his platform is clicking. There Rudy Guiliani Fox News’ for lack of a are a significant consistently and number of voters at times handily better word suppresout there that in most races sion of Ron Paul and like what he is contested thus his candidacy is both saying. far, Fox has not But included Paul on baffling and infuriatits slate of active conservatives ing. candidates. They that tune into excluded him Fox News aren’t from a GOP hearing it. They debate fresh off a double digit are not completely informed showing in New Hampshire. on the different platforms Granted, Fox put him on the being considered among next GOP debate, but stuck members of the GOP. him in the corner asking In an election year, especially sarcastic questions such as one this contested, this is an “how do you consider yourself unacceptable state of affairs. electable?” And Fox News is largely to Following this debate, he blame. was the only GOP candidate Paul is a radical, but his not to be interviewed on the performance thus far makes Hannity and Colmes recap that clear that his platform certainly followed. has substance. As a conservative, I must ask In a time where the GOP the conservative news hub, is struggling to define itself, how do you justify doing this its voters must be aware of to a Republican candidate? all options to them so as to In 2004, during the GOP pick the right candidate and convention, Fox heard and platform to follow. included a diversity of voices, Those options include ranging from a Democrat in Ron Paul and his platform. Zell Miller to the Governator, And for Fox News to do its a considerably more moderate service as the news source Republican. Fox aided the for conservatives, they need GOP in successfully portraying to include Ron Paul and his itself as a “party of inclusion,” platform as well. and the results in 2004 spoke Instead, they are depriving volumes as to its efficacy. conservative voters of the Given this past history, Fox whole story, and doing a grave News’ for lack of a better injustice to the electorate that word suppression of Ron Paul will help determine the GOP and his candidacy is both candidate for President. Rupert baffling and infuriating. How Murdoch apparently has his is America’s lead conservative opinion, and that’s all that Fox body supposed to portray itself News viewers are going to see. as a “party of inclusion” when “Fair and balanced” indeed. its lead media outlet won’t even include all of the GOP Bryan Davis Keith is a senior candidates in its coverage? political science major from From my perspective, exclusion Southern Shores, N.C.


Pit closings complicate sorority Rush Hannah Werthan


Asst. opinion editor

n Jan. 8, I moved back into campus after over three weeks of winter break, but it felt as if I had never left. Sure, the guys on my floor were gone, but nearly every girl was there for Rush. In fact, nearly 400 freshmen girls moved back in that week, not including those there for sports or other special reasons, and 55 percent of the entire female population came back, too. It was as if I was starting the new semester early, so it is no surprise that I found new issues to annoy me. When I drove up to campus, after having been in the car for seven hours, I was starving. Even though I had been warned that the Pit would not be open, I was confused and was under the impression that, after I moved all of my things up to my room, I could make a

quick run. Since I had already had a long day – I had been up since 5 a.m. – the realization that I could not grab some “free” food was rather overwhelming. It seemed as if there would be no problem. I saw people left and right, as if the campus were completely open. However, the Pit yet again disappointed me. Due to the extensive sorority rushing schedules, it was hard to find time to scour for food. And, sure, Benson was open, but how many times in a row are you going to want a sandwich or a smoothie, both overpriced? Plus, all of us were eating at roughly the same time for some meals, which led to chaos. As angry as the whole Pit situation made me, I was even more upset about the fact that we could not park on campus. The situation was made worse by the fact that there was no shuttle. I remember moving my car back the first night, only to have to walk the whole way from Student Drive to Bostwick in the dark. The campus lighting at night is terrible. Even though I had someone with me, I still did not feel anywhere close to being safe, especially since you have to bolt across the street to get back to campus. I would have even paid for a shuttle, so if

whoever was in charge was worried about economic gain (although the shuttle is usually free anyway), he had no need to be. My friend and I joked that we were going to start calling a cab to get back to the dorm from our cars, so we wouldn’t risk becoming the victims of the next rape case on a college campus. Both situations have a key connection. If the Pit had been open, we would not have needed to get into our cars and go get food. I think at least one thing needs to be changed for next year: either the Pit opens or we get parking on campus. I know that in general, we, as members of the university, are really spoiled. I think the sheer numbers of students that chose to be back at school a week early shows how much we appreciate it. Furthermore, I did choose to come on campus early for rush; it was certainly not a requirement. However, I do feel that, for the money we are paying to attend this school, we should be able to have better accommodations, especially when such a large percentage of the student body is already on campus. Hannah Werthan is a freshman from Nashville, Tenn.

Word on the Quad | Your voice on what’s going on How did you spend last Thursday’s snow day?

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“In between games on the 360, hit the basketball courts.”

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ACC proves tough for Deacs, 0-6 in conference By Andrew LeRay | Staff writer

The frustration continues for the Lady Deacons as they have yet to win their first conference game of the season. After opening the year with impressive victories in the Paradise Jam tournament and seven more wins in their next eight games, Wake Forest has fallen on hard times during conference play. The two most recent losses drop the Deacons’ record to 12-8 overall and 0-6 in the ACC. The Deacons lost an 80-54 matchup with the Florida State Seminoles on Jan. 17 in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State junior Mara Freshour and senior Shante Williams led all players in scoring, pouring in 18 points each. Deacon senior Christen Brown led Wake Forest in points with 12, making all four of her three-point attempts. Turnovers plagued the Lady Deacs throughout the game, and they finished with 20 total turnovers, which led to 17 Seminole points.

The excessive Wake Forest turnovers and impressive Florida State shooting led to a disappointing 26 point road loss. The Seminoles shot 60 percent from behind the arc in the second half, making it all but impossible for the Deacons to stage a comeback. “We need to play better defense,” sophomore Mekia Valentine said. “Each of us needs to be individually accountable for our defensive assignment.” Wake Forest would improve their defensive effort on Jan. 20 during a game with the Boston College Eagles. Despite the stronger defense, it was not enough to end the Deac’s losing streak. The Lady Deacons made a valiant effort and staged a late comeback that fell short, and they lost the contest 66-58. With the victory, Boston College improved to 15-5 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. See Women, Page B4

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Freshman Camille Collier dribbles the ball in the recent game against Clemson. The team lost the game 85-73.

Tigers slip by Deacs in OT

Coordinator Hood leaves for EKU By Matt Six | Staff writer

lead with 2:45 left in regulation, but sophomore Ishmael Smith hit a clutch three-point shot to tie the game with 49 seconds left in the game and sent the game into overtime. The Deacons scored the first points of the overtime period, but they could not hold off the strong attack of the Tigers, who grabbed the lead with 1:10 left in OT and would not relinquish it again. This left the Deacons out another ACC win with a 80-75 final score. “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to a young Wake Forest team,” Clemson Head Coach

Wake Forest defensive coordinator and secondary coach Dean Hood will head off to Eastern Kentucky University to take over as head coach. Hood was introduced as the new coach Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in the Student Services Building’s O’Donnell Auditorium. He has spent the past six seasons with the Demon Deacons defense, well known for creating turnovers and giving offensive coordinators fits across the Atlantic Coast Conference. During Hood’s tenure, Wake forced a remarkable 186 turnovers from 2001-07. This averages out to be more than two turnovers per game. Last season, Wake Forest led the ACC by forcing 35 turnovers on its way to winning nine games. Hood has rejected coaching offers from other universities, including Michigan, but he felt the EKU head coaching job was right for him and his family. His wife is from nearby Richmond, Ky., and he is very familiar with the area. Hood looks forward to taking on the new responsibilities and challenges that a head coaching position offers. “As you progress in this profession, you always think about doing things your own way,” Hood said in the press conference. “This is a chance to implement those thoughts.” In addition, Hood spent five seasons (1994-98) as an assistant football coach at EKU. Under Hood’s direction, Eastern Kentucky’s defense ranked nationally in scoring defense in each of his five seasons. The Colonels also claimed two Ohio Valley Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA FCS playoffs three times. At EKU, Hood worked under the legendary Roy Kidd. Kidd finished his career with a total of 314 victories, making him second on the all-time FCS list. Kidd was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. If history is a good indicator, Hood will not be leaving Eastern Kentucky anytime soon, as he becomes their third head football coach in 44 years. Hood fills the vacancy left when former EKU head coach Danny Hope became associate head coach at Purdue. Hood, 44, has coached many great Demon Deacon defenders during his tenure. Many of his players now play in the NFL, including

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Sophomore point guard Ishmael Smith dribbles the ball during a recent home game. Smith is averaging 30.2 minutes played per game this season. By Ryan Durham | Sports editor Despite a concerted effort against what many thought to be long odds, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons fell in overtime to the No. 25 Clemson Tigers 80-78 in Clemson, S.C. Jan. 22. “We had only one day to get ready after FSU, and we came down here with a lot of heart and emotion but couldn’t put the game out of reach,” Head Coach Dino Guadio said in the post game press conference. The Demon Deacons went into the game as underdogs, but they surprised many of their critiques by leading the Tigers 32-31 at the halftime buzzer.

This was due in large part to strong performances by freshman forward James Johnson and sophomore L.D. Williams. Williams scored 9 and Johnson added eight of his own in the first half. The Demon Deacons strong first half performance helped the team build a lead in the second half that at one point reached as many as eight Williams points. Clemson rallied around the Wake Forest defense and took the

Track team finishes strong in early season meets Team breaks three school records in season opener, sets bar high for this season By Susie Manship | Staff writer Last weekend, the men’s and women’s track team traveled to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Virginia Tech Invitational. The team set the tone in their season opener by setting three school records. The 4 x 400m relay team of seniors Michelle Duffey and Melissa Council, and sophomores Alex Gove and Nicole Castronova set a new school record finishing with a time of 3:47.77. Their second-place finish marked the highest

finish of any Demon Deacon at the Invitational. Wake Forest also had record-setting performances in the women’s 500m event. Council first broke the record with a mark of 1:14.05, good enough for a 7th place finish. Finishing in 6th place, Duffey trumped Council’s time with a 1:13.81. Lastly, Council claimed a school record in the 55m dash with a time of 7.26. “By starting the season off with three new school records means that the bar is being raised and we are ready to improve our performances from last year,” Council said. The men’s team also had strong performances at the meet. Sophomore Thomas Sensing threw a PR distance with a 14.75 m. In the 3000m event, freshman Greg Billington and senior John Compton earned top 10 finishes with a time of 8:34.43 and 8:48.28 respectively.

Lastly, freshman Allan Lunkenheimer placed 5th in the 300m dash, finishing with a 34.61. Lunkenheimer added a second top 10 finish in the 4000m dash, finishing 9th with a time of 49.33. “I believe it gave the team the spark it needed to really get going this season,” Duffey said. “We have the ability to compete and be a threat to other teams; that is one of the main things this meet revealed to us.” A week later, the team travCouncil eled to South Carolina for the Clemson Invitational. With a second place finish in the distance medley, the relay team of sophomores Mark Russell and Keaton Morgan, junior Phillip Warsaw, and gradu-

ate student Matt Owens had a notable performance at Clemson. Sophomore Patrick Russell also earned a second place finish for Wake Forest with a time of 4:15.05 in the mile run. Billington finished in 3rd place in the same event with a time of 4:16.70. On the women’s side Council placed 4th in the 400m dash with a 57.21. Sophomore Whitney Curry earned the Deacs a 4th place finish in the 3000m run with a time of 10:11.62. “The Clemson Invitational showed us that there are some things that need to be worked out; like strategies for individual events, and so forth,” Duffey said. “One good thing about this meet is that people really started paying attention to our ACC competition, that to me shows great maturity and determination in the team.”

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fter having the undisputed best season in the country, junior Evan Brown has a lot of good memories. But even after the most successful season in Wake Forest history, the team still focuses on goals for next season. As a junior captain, Brown helped lead the team to the College Cup, the men’s soccer Final Four, for the second season in a row. Brown

On his thoughts after winning the championship: Well, it was pretty unbelievable. I couldn’t really comprehend the fact that after talking about winning the National Championship for so long that we had finally done it. The feeling that I got after the final whistle blew was unexplainable.

there one of our redshirt freshman jumped from the stadium and ran onto the field. When I saw him on the field, it made me really happy and made the celebration so much better. I also must say watching the clock run down to 00:00 in the championship game was a pretty good moment.

On winning after coming close last year: It was very fulfulling. We were so close last year and after seeing UCSanta Barbara win last year, it made us that much

On his favorite class at Wake: My favorite class has to have been my Internet Issues class with Leah McCoy. She is an amazing professor and academic adviser.

"The feeling...was unexplainable." played in all 26 games this season and had 19 shots on the entire season as a defender. The Old Gold & Black’s Sports editor Allison Lange sat down with Brown to talk about winning the National Championship, goals for next year, his favorite moment of the season and being someone else for a day.

DEAC OF THE WEEK Freshman James Johnson was named the ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance against Maryland and Florida State. Johnson scored 14 points in a 71-64 loss to Maryland. He added nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Against Florida State Jan. 20 Johnson, from Cheyenne, Wyo., Johnson scored 21 of his career high 26 points in the second half, bring the Deacons back from a halftime deficit. He also pulled down nine rebounds. The 6’8” 235 pound forward leads the Deacons in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game and blocks with 25 on the season. He ranks third in the ACC in rebounding and 10th in scoring. He is also among the league’s top 10 in offensive rebounds (2nd), field goal percentage (6th), blocked shots (8th) and defensive rebounds (9th). Jan. 22 in a 75-80 overtime loss to Clemson Johnson added 14 points and five rebounds in 38 minutes Wake Forest is the only team to have two different players earn ACC Rookie of the Week honors this season. Freshman Jeff Teague earned the honor last week.

more dedicated to get back to the College Cup and win one for ourselves. On his favorite moment of the season: I had a lot of favorite moments, but one of my favorites was during the Notre Dame game. We went into OT with them and were pressing real hard to try and get a goal and Austin da Luz scored. He began running to the crowd, but before he got

On next season’s goals: As a team we always are looking to make ourselves better. As of right now my goal is to try to mimic our accomplishments from this past year. On being someone else for a day: Right now I’d want to be Tom Brady. I would want to be him because he has had, and is still having, an amazing career in football, while being able to partake in a pretty lavish lifestyle.

DEACON NOTES Wake’s Dean Hood named Head Coach at Eastern Kentucky Wake Forest’s defensive coordinator, Dean Hood, was recently named Head Coach at Eastern Kentucky. Hood served as defensive coordinator for the Deacons for the past seven seasons. Under Hood’s direction, the defense led the nation in defensive touchdowns during the 2007 season. The Deacons’ defense ranked 15th in the nation against the running game and 27th overall in total defense.

Phelan picked in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft Former Deacon midfielder/defender senior Pat Phelan was picked 10th overall in the MLS SuperDraft on at the NSCAA Convention in Baltimore. He was selected by Toronto FC. Phelan was most recently named an NSCAA First Team All-American. Phelan, from Enfiled, Conn., joined the team

in 2004 after being named the 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year. With the 28th overall pick in the draft Toronto FC selected Phelan’s teammate redshirt senior Brian Edwards. Edwards returned to Wake Forest for a fifth year so he could win a National Championship. Not only did he accomplish that, but he set numerous records along the way. Former Deacon defender senior Julian Valentin was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 29th overall pick.

Vidovich named NSCAA Coach of the Year for the 2007 season Wake Forest men’s soccer coach Jay Vidovich was named the 2007 NSCAA Coach of the Year. This honor came after taking the Deacs to the 2007 College Cup and winning the National Championship. The Deacons had a 22-2-2 record, the best in program history. At the NSCAA convention, the Wake Forest squad was also given the FieldTurf ’s Team of the Year Award.

Prior to the convention, Vidovich was also named the 2008 Walt Chyzowych Achievement Award winner, which seeks to recognize coaches that have had a national impact in the development and growth of the sport of soccer.

Former Deacons to compete in Super Bowl XLII Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., will not be without a Deacon presence. Giants’ defensive tackle Fred Robbins played for the Deacons from 1996-99. He started in the NFC Championship game and recorded two tackles. Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty spent six seasons at Wake Forest from 1993-98, coaching the offensive line, tight ends and special teams. He is in his fourth season coaching the Giants’ offensive line. Robbins, initially drafted by the Minnesota Vikings, will be the 14th Deacon to appear in the Super Bowl. Last year, Chicago Bears tight end Desmond Clark and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Ricky Proehl represented the Deacs.

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Women’s tennis caps strong preseason

Lead by sophmore Sasha Kulikova the Deacs finish the Virginia Invitational undefeated By Donovan Carberry | Staff writer The women’s tennis team headed to Charlottesville, Va. on Jan. 18 for the pre-season Virginia Invitational. They came out of the three days of competition undefeated. Along the way they took out teams from Purdue and LSU along with ACC rival and home squad Virginia. Sophomore standout Sasha Kulikova led the way with wins over Purdue senior Stephanie Wooten, LSU sophomore Staten Spencer and Virginia’s junior Amanda Rales in singles play. Moscow native Kulikova than joined doubles partner Junior Alex Hirsch to beat Virginia’s Maggie Yahner and Amanda Rales (who Kulikova had already beaten in single play). Especially impressive was the team’s dominance of Virginia, hopefully a preview of the season to come. The Lady Deacs beat the Cavilers in the top four singles matches thanks to Kulikova, senior Jenna Loeb (who beat opponent Maggie Yahner in straight sets), junior Christian Tara and freshman Emilee Malvehy. The invitational was also the debut of Wake sophomore Aileen Davis. Davis is a name already familiar to Deacon fans due to her performance in field hockey this season where she earned all-American honors. Davis took three singles wins in Charlottesville. The team will return to the state of Virginia on Jan. 26 to start the dual match season at William and Mary.

Game of the Week Men’s basketball vs. Miami 7 p.m. Jan. 29 LJVM Coliseum

The 12-6 Deacons will play host to the 14-4 Miami Hurricanes at 7 p.m. Jan. 29. Last year the Deacs played Miami twice over the regular season. At Miami, the Deacs pulled off a 59-58 win against the Hurricanes. Later in the season at home, the Deacs were able to clench another win, 74-69. This year, the team will look to improve to 3-3 in the ACC and claim another win over the Hurricanes.. The Deacons are coming off of a 80-75 overtime loss at Clemson Jan. 22. Sophomore Ishmael Smith led the team with 19 points in 42 minutes in the loss to Clemson. Freshman James Johnson and sophomore L.D. Williams both added 14. Miami will look to redshirt senior Anthony King at center to lead the team, while the Deacs will look to point guard Smith as the team’s leader on the court and Johnson who leads the team in scoring. After the home game against Miami, the Deacs will travel to N.C. State. Wake will take on the Wolfpack at 12 p.m. Feb. 3.

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Sophomore Sasha Kulikova prepares to hit the ball during a match last year. Kulikova won both her singles and her doubles match in the pre-season Virginia Invitational Jan. 18.

Scoreboard Wake in the Ranks Women’s tennis standings

Women’s basketball standings

1. Maryland 2. North Carolina 3. Duke 4. Virginia 5. Florida State 6. Georgia Tech 7. Boston College 8. Clemson 9. Miami 10. N.C. State 11. Virginia Tech 12. Wake Forest

ACC 6-0 4-0 3-1 3-1 3-1 3-2 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-4 0-5 0-6

All 22-1 17-2 14-4 14-5 13-6 16-3 15-5 9-11 8-11 12-7 13-7 12-8

Atlantic 1. N.C. State 2. North Carolina 3. Boston College 4. Clemson 5. Duke 6. Florida State 7. Georgia Tech 8. Maryland 9. Miami 10. Virginia 11. Virginia Tech 12. Wake Forest

ACC 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Men’s basketball standings All 1-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

1. Duke 2. North Carolina 3. Boston College 4. Clemson 5. Wake Forest 6. Maryland 7. Virginia Tech 8. Miami 9. N.C. State 10. Virginia 11. Florida State 12. Georgia Tech

ACC 3-0 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 2-2 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-3 1-3

All 15-1 18-1 12-5 14-4 12-5 12-7 11-7 14-3 12-5 11-5 12-7 8-9

ACC Leaderboard Women’s basketball Points/g 1. Brittany Cook (Virginia Tech) 2. Monica Wright (Virginia) 3. Kadijah Whittington (N.C. State) 4. Stefanie Murphy (Boston College) 5. Janie Mitchell (Georgia Tech)



18.0 17.8 17.6 17.4 17.1

Women’s tennis National Rank

1. Aurelija Miseviciute (Arkansas-Fayatteville) 2. Maria Mosolova (Northwestern) 3. Amanda McDowell (Georgia Tech) 4. Ani Mijacika (Clemson) 5. Ellah Nze (Duke)



Men’s basketball Rebounds/g 1. Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 2. Trevor Booker (Clemson) 3. James Johnson (Wake Forest) 4. Jeff Allen (Virginia Tech) 5. James Gist (Maryland)



FOR THE AMATEUR With only a few days until the third quarter of the Intramural season begins, there are just a few announcements before things get underway. First of all, it is not too late to sign up and become an IM Official. A mandatory training session will take place Jan. 24 in the Reynolds Varsity Gym. It will be the only training session before on-court practice during scrimmages, and will run from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Also, indoor soccer starts official play Jan. 25, and basketball begins Jan. 28. Be on the lookout for bowling league signups, which will take place soon. The bowling league was a tremendous success in its first year of existence last year, and it is up to the student body to make it happen again. Top Ten Team Names: Sophie Mullinax/Old Gold & Black

Indoor soccer games begin Jan. 25 and basketball games begins Jan. 28.

Basketball: Wilt’s Illegitimate Children Foul Out Boy Pi Phi Electricity Scorpions

Sweaty Fat Kids Tribble Dribble The Original A-1 Steak Sauce Prometheus Unbound Hiphopopotanuses Token Stir the Clouds Indoor Soccer: Clown Punchers Wannabe Arena Football Cleats Up Samba Mighty Ducks SG Love Machines TJ Peele’s Piccolo Penguins Drumline My New Haircut

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Men: Deacs top Noles but fall short against Tigers

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Oliver Purnell said. “They came in here with a short turnaround and played well. The most surprising thing, to me, was that we got beat on the boards in the first half. I thought they outplayed us for about three-quarters of the game.” Smith led the Deacs throughout the game, scoring 19 points and dishing out seven assists. He was followed by Johnson and Williams who scored 14 points a piece. Before traveling to Clemson the Deacons played Smith host to Florida State University and gained their second league win of the season. The teams played evenly for most of the first half, with scoring coming in short bursts. The Seminoles built up to a nine point lead in the half, but the Deacons slowly chipped away at it and went into the locker room down only three points, 31-28. Wake Forest came out of the locker room though with its finger on the trigger going on a

16-3 run, which gave them a substainial lead. The Seminoles cut the Deacs’ 10 point lead to two with 13:17 left in regulation, but they would not win it back. Wake Forest regained its double-digit lead with 5:53 left in the game. By game’s end the Deacs had increased their lead to 17 points and ended any hopes the Seminoles had of gaining an ever coveted ACC road win. “Our offense in the second half was really efficient. We scored at a 1.2 points per possession pace, which is just outstanding against a very, very good defensive team,” Guadio said. “When I went in at halftime I told them ‘Don’t worry about winning the game or losing the game. Don’t worry about that. Just worry about playing hard and doing your job on both ends of the floor.’” Johnson lead the Deacons in the game with 26 points and nine rebounds, earning him ACC Rookie of the Week honors. Also important for the Deacs were the 12 points contributed by freshman Jeff Teague and the 10 bench points from sophomore Harvey Hale. Wake Forest has a full week to rest, after their short turn around this week, before their next ACC matchup Jan. 29 at home against the University of Miami Hurricanes.

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Freshman Jeff Teague guards a Boston College player during a home game Jan. 12. Teague is second on the team in points per game, averaging 10.8.

Pressbox: Hood exits to EKU Women:Team struggles in ACC after 12-2 start Smith – and thanks to Xavier Lee and Will Proctor. Coincidentally, Hood’s first game at first round pick Calvin Pace, DT Mon- EKU will be against Cincinnati, and tique Sharpe, CB Eric King, DT Jyles possibly against former Wake Forest Tucker, LB/FB Jon Abbate and safeties quarterback Ben Mauk if Mauk is Josh Gattis and Patrick Ghee. granted a 6th year of eligibility. Next season’s defense is chock-full We as Wake fans need to accept the of talented players. volatile nature of college coaching, and Hood’s career was highlighted with I’m sure many of us have done this a successful 2006 football season. ever since the Jim Grobe and ArkanUnder his direction, the Deacs held the sas scare. Seminoles scoreless at Doak Campbell The selfish side of us would love Stadium for the first time in Bobby to see Hood stay and coach one of Bowden’s lengthy career. the best Wake defenses to ever take For the season, the defense ranked the field. second in the ACC and 21st nationHowever, we need to realize that this ally by allowing just 15.4 points per move was the best for himself and his game. family. Wake also recorded the second most Coach Hood, thank you for your interceptions in the nation at 22 hard work and contributions at Wake 922921_Intern_Wake 1/17/08 11:00 AM Page 1 thanks to Gattis, Ghee and Alphonso Forest University.

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Thank you for helping lead our football team to its most successful season in school history. Specifically, thank you for shutting out the Seminoles at Doak. Thank you for holding Calvin Johnson and Tashard Choice to six points in the ACC Championship game. Thank you for always finding ways to win. I know you did not jump up and block the field goal attempt against Duke, and I know you did not make the game-saving interception at UNC. However, I do know that you brought the best out of Chip Vaughn and Jon Abbate and every other Wake Forest defender privileged to suit up under your lead. The Wake Forest community wishes you the best of luck at Eastern Kentucky.

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Freshman Camille Collier was the leading scorer for both teams, recording 21 points, a new career high.Valentine added 10 points and pulled down11 rebounds, marking her first double-double performance of the season. At the 12 minute mark in the second half, the Boston College lead was extended to 19 points. Despite the large deficit, the Deacons did not lie down, but instead forged an impressive comeback. With 20 seconds left in the second half, a three-point basket from Collier pulled the Deacs within four

points, but they would not get any closer. The Lady Deacs shot only 22 percent from the floor in the first half, a stat which would prove costly at the end of the game. Wake Forest rebounded in the second half to the tune of 54 percent shooting, but the effort was not enough to catch the Eagles. “Our goal is, and always has been, to make postseason play,” Valentine said. “It’s still possible if we start playing better as a team.” The Deacons will try to snap their six game losing streak Jan. 24 when they play Savannah State at the Joel Coliseum.

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By CeCe Brooks | Life editor

Although many people, especially from southern states, could claim that at state universities such as University of Georgia and Chapel Hill, Greek life is much bigger, the proportion of students involved in Greek life at our university is higher than at many schools. Roughly 50 percent of females and 30 percent of males are involved in Greek life here; about 40 percent of the total campus population. Sometimes this confuses me as many times sororities and fraternities are outlets to get to know people in a really large campus. However I think this shows how Greek life is a little different here. Greek life, here, is about having an additional outlet to make friends, not the only outlet.


Greek organizations are some of the most prominent on campus, so getting involved with them means getting extremely involved in campus activity. “Many social and philanthropic events that take place at Wake involve Greek organizations one way or another,” Senior Kappa Delta Mary Beth Ballard said. “By joining the Greek system you open yourself up to a new window of opportunity for getting involved on campus and within the Winston-Salem community. Greek organizations facilitate involvement in a number of areas of student life.” Rush alone is a good learning experience because you meet so many people and learn a lot about yourself. Social Networking Many other student organizations are represented in sororities and fraternities, so you can get a good idea of what other organizations you might want to be involved in. “Sorority members are generally involved in many other campus activities, so new members can reach out to those individuals if they also want to be a part of a new club, organization, or team,” Ballard said. “There is always someone you can talk to about how to get more involved in something you’re interested in but maybe don’t know much



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a good outlet for the majority of college students who are in this age bracket. “If Wake was located in a large city, then there would be a greater number of social and cultural distractions, and the Greek system wouldn’t serve the necessary social purpose that it currently does,” Ballard said. “And thus, since the few bars that the Dash does contain don’t let in underage students (usually), it makes the proverbial frat party or sorority theme party absolutely crucial.” Spring semester Rush It allows people to develop relationships outside of their Greek organizations, which contributes to a more heterogeneous campus than schools with fall rush.


The Rush process is a necessary evil. It is hard on both hopeful pledges and sorority and fraternity members. Sometimes there is a gap between Greeks and Independents. “There is less unity between Greeks and nonGreeks on this campus than desired,” Nevola said. There aren’t enough Greek organizations to accommodate the number of students that want to pledges. “Without a doubt, Wake needs more sororities on campus. There are tons of girls rushing each year and only a small number of spots available in each pledge class,” Ballard said. “We need at least one or two more sororities to Nick Babladelis/Old Gold & Black help make the entire rush process fairer and less Bid day, in Greek life, signals the end of the Rush and the beginning of pledging with stressful. This is also very important if the university administration intends to bump up the enrollment each sorority or fraternity celebrating their new members. over the next few years. New sororities should have about. Senior sorority members are a great help campus that he/she may never meet otherwise,” a chance to establish themselves before a student to younger members who have questions about body increase becomes an issue.” Nevola said. classes, clubs and campus life.” Spring semester Rush Whatever your interests, there is likely to be someCareer advantages Friends who join different sororities or fraternities one in the organization to do it with, whether it is There are so many different majors and career or decide not to go Greek can lose touch. going out or playing an intramural sport. aspirations within each sorority and fraternity that There are some non-glamorous aspects of being Greek affiliation means having group of friends you can not only learn from each other, but possibly in a Greek organization that aren’t always rememyou can go to. help you find a job. “I have already seen girls land With many philanthropic interests represented bered. jobs and internships through networking in Greek “It’s not always just about parties, philanthropy, by Greek organizations, you can serve in a variety life,” said Senior Chi Omega Molly Nevola. and intramurals,” Ballard said. “There are always of outlets. Meeting interesting people Since Winston-Salem is so small and there is meetings to attend, dues to pay, and both national “(People) meet so many other students across not much of a 21 and under scene, Greek life is and chapter rules that must be followed.”

Stereotypes Stereotyping seems to be inevitable with human nature. I do not know exactly why, but it always seems that if there is a group of people, someone is going to give them a unified identity, whether true or not. If you have ever watched Old School, read Pledged or simply paid attention to college life – you have no doubt heard various stereotypes regarding Greek life. General stereotypes of Greek life: fraternities just party, sororities are full of bratty girls, all members of a sorority/fraternity have the same personality traits, sororities and fraternities are made up of a bunch of rich kids, to join a Greek

organization you have to have a large family history of being Greek. There are also stereotypes attributed to specific sororities and fraternities both nationally and on this campus. The obvious problem with any stereotype is that it assigns a very singular identity to often a huge group of people. The thing to remember when looking at our Greek organizations is that even if there are a few people that exemplify the stereotype that does not represent the entire group. So the next time you go to a Lilting Banshees show, remember not to take the jokes too seriously.

Music Review | Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool

Rapper’s sophomore effort proves talent and growth By Max Griffith | Staff writer

Lupe Fiasco has certainly achieved coolness. His lyrics flow elegantly and he weaves masterful stories. His sophomore album, Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool is a departure from the more focused approach of his debut. However, it still retains his style and he still remains apart from the trivial lyrics most rappers spout. Fiasco seeks to tell a story in this album, a weird-ass story, but a story nonetheless. “Go Go Gadget Flow” lets the listener know Fiasco has not foregone any of the strengths he displayed in his first album and attacks the listener with a frighteningly fast flow. The song reveals his intentions to awe the listener with his talent and it’s this kind of confidence that makes Fiasco so appealing. A combination of brashness and geekiness make him a unique character in the rap world.

He utilizes plenty of guest stars, although most are singers as opposed to rappers. This only enhances his flow because their singing brings a sense of grace to the songs, especially on “Superstar.” “Superstar” is a slower song featuring Matthew Santos. The pace is similar to “Kick, Push” from his first album, Food and Liquor, It seems like he’s content to speak at his own pace with no regard for the listener. Snoop Dogg lends his talents in “High Definition” and brings some star power with him, once again proving he is still one of the top talents out there. He also proves that Fiasco still has more to do and must improve himself before claiming his place up there with the legends of rap. Fiasco’s sophomore effort definitely proves he can keep to his style without losing his strength as a rapper. Fiasco is also proving that it is possible for a rapper to survive without resorting to excessive swearing, repetition and the normal content matter of gang-

ster rap that is common among many other rappers. He managed to make me laugh with tales of failing to beat Blanka in Street Fighter 2, in “Gold Watch,” proving he has a lighter side. Still, I do miss some of the political rap he showed in Food and Liquor. I suppose it does get tiring to spit out the same old rhetoric again and again. My favorite track of the album is “Streets on Fire,” another song featuring Matthew Santos. There’s a bit of social commentary about how people perceive each other and overall the song shows insight. In “Dumb it Down” Fiasco succumbs to the gangster rap trap and the song quickly become repetitive and annoying, even though his lyrics are actually pretty good. The albums picks back up with “Hello/Goodbye” a story of a soldier during wartime who is confronting the idea of death. The song is powerful and the beat and guitars in the background give the feeling of a tense battle proving that Fiasco

also has a good sense for background music. “Put You On Game” is another gangsta’ rap styled song and again proves that Fiasco should stay away from the style. It doesn’t fit him well. The next song, “Fighters,” takes a different approach, but it’s one that is far too sentimental. This again causes a sense of annoyance. Although thank you tracks are touching, it feels like a bad way to end an album. The final song, “Go Baby,” is a track filled with ups and downs, and it shows Fiasco’s youth as a rapper with its inconsistency. Overall the album was good, but once again Fiasco has trouble ending the album solidly. His strengths appear the most in tracks with background singers and he is able to get by without relying on many huge moguls of the rap world, proving that he has what it takes to last in the business if he so desires. If Fiasco relies on his strengths and stays away from the gangsta’ rap style then he will be able to continue to release solid albums.

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American rapper, Lupe Fiasco, avoids the traditional sophomore slump with Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool.

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She Said | A girl’s guide to getting it on

Fairytales misrepresent real-life relationships Kelly Curran Staff columnist

Covering the Classics

18: Number of films Heath Ledger starred in from 1992-2008

Indie rock artist Chan Marshall known as Cat Power released her eighth album this week, Jukebox. The CD contains covers of classic songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. Reviewers everywhere have been applauding Power for bringing originality to the songs. Jukebox is her second cover album and proves her musical talents.

Everyone wants to believe in fairytales. We grew up watching Disney movies in which love conquers all and princes and princesses live happily ever after. The stories of Cinderella and Snow White have left us with the idea that love will magically fall into place. A lowly commoner becomes a princess, and, just like that, all her problems are solved. In reality, nothing happens like that. Maybe I’m just a cynic, but there is a shortage of knights and white horses roaming the quad. Ball gowns have been replaced with cocktail dresses and horse-drawn carriages are now shuttles to frat parties. The lack of romance in our lives is a stark contrast to fairytales, but

what else can we expect from our environment? We don’t live in a castle in a faraway land, we aren’t royalty, we can’t talk to animals, yet we still expect the same love that’s found in cartoons. Has Disney given us unreasonable expectations about falling in love? Upon further examination, I realize that the fairy tales we have foolishly based our romantic expectations on are not, in fact, as perfect as we think. They all had their villains, their set backs, or their obstacles to overcome. Take away the ball gowns and fairy dust and these poor girls had to suffer to find their happily ever after. How can we, as non-cartoons, ever expect to have more fantasy in our lives than an animated mermaid? Think about Snow White — she was raised in a home with a homicidal stepmother and had to run away after a hit was placed on her. She ended up as a domestic slave for seven tiny, useless, jewel-hungry men. Her crappy situation was compounded by being poisoned and slipping into a coma. All this had to happen before the one twist of fate — more like dumb luck — that led

the Prince to her creepy glass coffin to kiss her back to life. Snow White may have ended up with the Prince in the end, but this was only after attempts on her life by the evil Queen and serving for dwarves, I think she deserves something good at last. Cinderella’s life was no walk in the park either. She was abused by her stepmother and was forced to be a slave in her own home. She lived with rats. She was denied any social contact. Only through magical assistance and going to a forbidden party was she able to meet true love. But even after all those setbacks her happily ever after was still just out of reach. It took a city-wide manhunt to track down the owner of a very impractical shoe, finally giving Cinderella and Prince Charming their happy ending. No Disney princess had it easy. Ariel had to give up her family, her voice and basically sell herself to a witch just for a chance to impress her guy. Belle was held captive by the Beast in his castle, sacrificing her life for that of her father.

Jasmine had to cross social boundaries to be with a poor homeless man. Sleeping Beauty was cursed by a spiteful woman and was therefore secluded without her parents for the majority of her life. The movies we grew up with have left us with the impression that love is easy. In a primary colored, sing-along world, love is guaranteed to the heroes and heroines, just like peoples and monkeys can converse. For us, romance isn’t that simple and we, unlike our favorite childhood characters, have to work at love and relationships. Until you can organize home furnishings to play matchmaker for a bookworm and a monster, you may want to stick to reality- dates, phone calls and flowers. This should be enough to start you towards your happily ever after.

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Lummox | By Will Warren

A Fond Farewell Australian actor Heath Ledger was found dead in a SoHo apartment Jan. 22. He was 28 years old. He rose to stardom after appearing in 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You. He later received an Oscar nod in 2006 for his performance as a tortured cowboy in the criticallyacclaimed Brokeback Mountain, played one of several manifestations of Bob Dylan in 2007’s I’m Not There and will posthumously appear as the Joker in The Dark Knight, due out this summer. Authorities suspect accidental drug overdose to be the cause of death. He is survived by his daughter with Brokeback costar Michelle Williams, Matilda. May he rest in peace.

No More Ice Crystals Ice cream fans can rejoice now that scientists have developed a new way to eliminate ice crystals from your favorite pint of Ben & Jerry’s. The secret ingredient is antifreeze. In the past while doing similar research, scientists have relied on genetically modified ingredients. This antifreeze is made from natural products (gelatin protein) and isn’t harmful. The only possible downside is it may thaw your ice cream more quickly but until further research, grab a spoon and dig into some crystal-free Chunky Monkey.

Drink of the Week Winter Tropic

Step out of the cold and enjoy this fruity drink. Forget the snow day, spring break is only a few months away. Ingredients: 1.5 oz vodka 1.5 oz cranberry juice 1.5 oz strawberry Margarita mix Directions: Pour the shot of vodka first. Then add the juices simultaneously and enjoy!

Movie Review | Juno

Powerhouse cast delivers laughs and insight By Caroline Edgeton | Staff writer

Some films have the ability to make you laugh at subjects that are usually considered fairly serious or offensive. Clearly, using humor to remedy heavier topics makes living in this world a little easier. Jason Reitman’s Juno undoubtedly embodies the art of making the audience laugh (hysterically, I might add) while watching a teenage girl go through the notions of an unplanned and life altering pregnancy. Not usually the knee slapper, right? The film begins with Juno the main character, Juno Starring | Ellen Page, Michael MacGuff Cera, Jennifer Garner and Jason (Ellen Page; Bateman X-Men: The Director | Jason Reitman Last Stand), Who’s it for? | People who drinking enjoy dark comedies with sara gallon castic and clever dialogue. of Sunny Delight that Running Time | 1 hrs 36 min. she hopes Rating | (out of 5) will result in a miscarriage. The film’s quirky and modern humor is quickly introduced by the cashier at a local drugstore played by Rainn Wilson (the infamous Dwight Schrute from The Office). Though only in the film briefly (slightly disappointing), his small part starts the film off in a laugh-out-loud scene between him and Juno while she’s taking a pregnancy test in the drugstore. Yes, that is slightly awkward; but awkward, quirky humor runs throughout the film and definitely makes it amusing to watch. In addition to Rainn Wilson, the film includes an all-star lineup. Michael Cera (Arrested Development and Superbad), Jennifer Garner (Alias and Daredevil), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development and Smokin’ Aces), Allison Janney (Hairspray) and J.K. Simmons (The Spiderman trilogy) all deliver solid performances in the film by making every character their own person. The always relatable and adorable Cera plays Paulie Bleaker, the impregnator and best friend of Juno in the film. Though they, at the time, are not “together,” the film also focuses on the rebuilding of their actual relationship which allows the audience to see a softer side of the consistently sarcastic Juno. It, too, gives the movie an extra touch of depth that is relatable to all viewers (minus the pregnancy aspect). Due to the unfortunate circumstance that Juno has found herself in, she begins to consider her options before actually having the baby. In the end, she decides against abortion and instead chooses to go through the stresses and emotional turmoil of the pregnancy process for

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Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) deals with the facts of life after getting pregnant by her friend Paulie Bleaker (Michael Cera). The film finds humor on an otherwise serious subject. the sake of bringing joy to another couple’s life. We then are introduced to Vanessa and Mark Loring (Garner and Bateman). The couple’s somewhat mismatched marriage adds an interesting twist to the film. Vanessa being the cookie-cutter perfectionist and Mark being the husband that still wishes he could be a 90s grunge rocker makes their marriage a total contrast. When Juno enters the picture, the audience sees that Juno and Mark begin to have a stronger connection than he does with his own wife. At first, many will think it’s a little creepy. I’ll admit it because I certainly did. After thinking about it briefly, all their connection really roots from is the fact that Mark has a bond with Juno that is missing in his marriage and

Juno has a connection with Mark that is missing with a male figure. Their overall connection is debatable, but no worries folks, this isn’t a film about advocating illegal relationships. What I admire so much about this film is how down to earth it is. The humor, the dialogue, the characters and even the situations are all extremely realistic. It’s focused on how we interact and form relationships with others while also making decisions that change our lives. There’s no embellished, action packed sequence that’s obnoxious and non-relatable. It is simply an enjoyable, fresh dramatic comedy about the “bumps” that occur in life. I highly recommend this one.

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Restaurant Review | Christopher’s New Global Cuisine

Extensive menu boasts Southern flair and global dishes

None of the dishes dissatisfy. The lobster macaroni and cheese is excellent. Located at 712 Brookstown Avenue Chunks of lobster added to a blend in downtown Winston-Salem, Christo- of asiago, smoked gouda, and fontina pher’s New Global Cuisine is a sophisti- cheeses truly enhance this comfort cated and upscale restaurant that serves food. Another winner from the dinner menu contemporary dishes from around the is the sautéed chicken globe. and artichoke hearts The environment Christopher’s over tri-colored toris comfortable in tellini with spinach the renovated 1892 Location | 712 Brookstown Ave. house. Hours | 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tues. - Thurs. and sun-dried tomatoes in a pesto cream The dark red walls 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. sauce with asiago and small fireplaces 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun. cheese. located in each room The grilled beef set the perfect mood Serving | Contemporary global dishes tenderloin, which is for a good meal and Dress | Dressy Casual stuffed with Bousin great conversation. cheese, sautéed with The charming atmo- Price Range | $25 - $35 vegetables and served sphere is enhanced by Rating | (out of 5) with mashed potalive music performed toes is another good throughout dinner choice. from a variety of genres. The hickory-smoked pork chop is While the menu has been deeply influenced by cuisines from all over the served over maple pecan mashed sweet world, it is also definitely rooted in the potatoes with southern comfort peach confit. American South. The menu also boasts delicious appeThe chefs use only locally grown produce and poultry as well as seafood from tizers and salads, including lobster and shrimp nachos, pine nut encrusted sources of the North Carolina coast. By Jordan Brewster | Staff writer

cheese and spinach dip. Also wonderful are the seared sea scallops over fresh spinach with walnuts, tomatoes and goat cheese served with chipotle buttermilk dressing. While Christopher’s is more pricey than many college students are willing to pay, the dinner is more than worth it, making Christopher’s a great place for a nice dinner out with your friends or parents. While the dinner menu is superb, Christopher’s also serves brunch and has an extensive wine and dessert menu. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sundays. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. from Tues. to Sat. Cocktails, wine and appetizers are available from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The drinks list includes many different types of wines from around the world as well as various signature martinis, cocktails and beer. The dessert menu features six mouthwatering treats that look almost too good to eat. While there are only six to choose from, you may find it quite difficult to choose just one.

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Christopher’s New Global Cuisine, despite its pricey menu, offers a soothing atmosphere and is a fantastic option for downtown dining. Try the apple crisp with vanilla ice cream and creme anglaise or the blueberry spooncake with butter pecan ice cream as both are delightful. Smooth music, low candlelight and the wonder-

ful food join together at Christopher’s and create a charming atmosphere for an unparalleled dining experience that proves itself as one of Winston-Salem’s true gems.

Event Review | Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers

Don’t Stop Believin’ | Tips for your college journey

Drama highlights information struggle Follow through and dream the big dream Play illustrates the battle between censorship and amendment rights.

Mary Beth Ballard Senior columnist

Transport yourself back to another time and place when you wore stirrup pants, light-up L.A. Gear sneakers, Ninja Turtles t-shirts and Air Jordans. Now, imagine yourself in front of the TV watching one of the only three channels you were allowed to view at the time. Animated creatures interacting with enthusiastic children dance across the screen. Combine that psychedelic image with upbeat synthesizer music and sing the following lines: Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high. Take a look, it’s in a book, Reading Rainbow… I can go anywhere! Friends to know and ways to grow, Reading Rainbow… I can be anything! Take a look, it’s in a book, Reading Rainbow… Need I say more? That, my friends, is why I am an English major. Plain and simple. It’s cuz of the Reading flippin’ Rainbow. And thankfully, I was reminded of this sheer fact, by the TV show creator himself, LeVar Burton, who spoke this past Monday in Wait Chapel as this year’s MLK Keynote Speaker. I’d been looking forward to hearing the face of Reading Rainbow ever since I found out he was coming to the university a few months ago.

Burton, along with Mr. Rogers, Mr. Wizard, Bob Ross and Holly (from Under the Umbrella Tree), maintained a prominent position as an “awesome grown-up” in my televised world during early childhood. LeVar Burton made me want to pick up a book and read. And I would for hours at a time. Thus, I earned a ton of star stickers from my teachers and dominated in class reading competitions. Thanks, LeVar, for the inspiration to embrace those Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary paperbacks I often pored over. But now it’s been some 15 years since that simpler time of life, and as a senior with graduation only four months away, I needed some Reading Rainbow-esque inspiration once again. Fortunately, Burton’s speech this week provided a few key points to take with me as I journey toward my diploma acceptance and beyond. While the tendency for senior slacking during the spring semester is practically unavoidable and even necessary for student sanity, Burton stressed the importance of getting things done. He added that those individuals whom we highly regard for their success in work and in life often don’t think of themselves as doing anything particularly grand. They simply follow through. So while we may want to blow off classes and commitments during our last months as undergrads, we really aren’t doing ourselves any big favors in the long run. Why not leave our magnolia-filled quads on a

By Liza Greenspun | News editor

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is an exceptional radio play that conveys an important First Amendment battle in an informative yet entertaining way. The L.A. Theatre Works play tells the story of The Washington Post’s court case to defend its right to print the Pentagon Papers, a 7,000-page, 47-volume study about how the United States got involved in the Vietnam War. Daniel Ellsberg, a former defense department employee, was one of very few people who actually read one of the seven copies of the classified report. Upon reading the study, Ellsberg decided that despite the risks it entailed, the documents should be leaked to Senator William Fulbright, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He hoped Fulbright would hold hearings and make the Pentagon Papers public. However, this failed and Ellsberg gave

a copy of the volumes to a reporter at the New York Times. The Times printed the first edition of the Pentagon Papers despite the legal consequences that could, and did, follow the publishing. The federal government argued that the documents were filled with important information that could put the country in danger if in the wrong hands. However, Ellsberg felt that the information contained therein was knowledge that the public had the right to know. The play begins at this point in the story, unfolding the history of what happened in court following The Washington Post’s attempts to bring the Pentagon Papers to the public. The government tried to use prior restraint to stop the paper from continuing to publish the classified documents after the Post’s attempt. Despite the complexity of the situation, the play was entertaining and easy to follow even for those who were not familiar with the story of the Pentagon Papers. As a radio play, it was easy to follow the voices of the characters as they read the scripts in front of microphones with minimal acting.

Unfortunately, the characters were not dressed in their usual costumes in the Jan. 17 performance of the play in Wait Chapel because due to their luggage being held at an airport as a result of inclement weather. However, the costumes truly were not necessary in understanding who played who throughout the play, which ran for about an hour-and-a-half, with a 15-minute intermission separating the two acts. The serious nature of the battle between the newspaper and the government was sprinkled with humorous anecdotes and word usages throughout, serving as comic relief and incurring chuckles from the audience. Overall the play was a success. In an age so strained by classified information having to do with the federal government’s policies about Iraq and Iran, L.A. Theatre Works came to the university at an appropriate time. They are informing students and community members about an important part of American history. The topic will be discussed again at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in Brendle Recital Hall when Ellsberg himself speaks at the university about the necessity in current times to have documents similar to the Pentagon Papers leaked to the press.

I’d Kill a Man for Arby’s | By Ryan Coons

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1.21 Gigawatts!!! | Doc, I’m from the future

Cultural aftershock runs rampant following Euro trip Ryan Coons Staff columnist

A local student has studied abroad, and according to him, it has changed his life. Senior Ryan Coons spent last semester studying abroad in Europe and because of it he claims to be more cultured and more traveled than his friends and colleagues. He now claims to be a changed and more cultured man. “It was a once in a lifetime experience,” he claims. “You should really do it too if you get a chance.” Ryan spent just over four months in Rome, Italy and used his time to immerse himself in the local culture, study its rich history and sample the famous Italian cuisine.

“Did you know that in Italy their meals have like, 4 courses? Now that I’m home all my friends eat their food way too fast. “They all have to wait for me to finish, but it actually helps the digestion to eat slower. I learned that in Italy.” Ryan has had a difficult time readjusting to what he calls the “fast pace” of American life. “In Italy … actually in both Italy and Spain they have this thing called ‘siesta.’ “Like, in the middle of the day, even if you’re at work, you leave to go home and spend time with your family and just relax. “It’s something I think we could benefit from, because in Italy people are much closer to their families than here in America, and they’re definitely better for it.” Despite Ryan’s claims of being a “changed man” and a “true European” his friends and family are less than enthusiastic. “He’s so damn annoying,” grumbles roommate Mike Baireuther. “Does he seriously think anyone cares that he stayed out until 2 a.m. on weeknights, and that that was considered early?”

Even his parents are becoming tired of his quips and fact-filled anecdotes. His mother had this to say; “If he mentions ‘antipasti’ one more time I swear to God I’m going to strangle him.” Now that classes have begun Ryan has found it difficult to become acclimated to the college atmosphere. Several of his professors reported that he has frequently spoken in Italian in the middle of class. “I mean after a while it just became second nature, you don’t even think about,” he said. “About halfway through last semester I even began having dreams in italiano. How cool is that?” Ryan, like many others who travel abroad is faced with two dilemmas. For one he still walks around with left over Euro dollar coins. This is because he couldn’t exchange them back into virtually worthless American bills. He makes a point of pulling them out during meals and pointing out all of the countries he visited on the tiny European map embossed on the coin surface.

More distressingly, however, he finds he has too many stories to tell He simply doesn’t have a large enough audience to hear them. “Obviously this experience changed my life, and I’m so much better for it,” he said. “I just don’t understand why people don’t want me to tell them all about it. “There’s so much they don’t know about the beauty of European culture. “I can’t wait to share with them my newfound knowledge. “Like did you know that even though Vatican City is located in the heart of Rome, it’s technically its own city-state?” The Old Gold & Black caught up with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and asked him about the cultured Mr. Coons’ travels in Europe. “It’s no good. “You begin wearing tight jeans and develop a penchant for red wine and all of a sudden you think you’re Rick Steves,” the Pope said. “Quite frankly I think its bullcrap. “But what do I know? I’m only infallible.”

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high note rather than coast by? After all, one of Burton’s pieces of advice was – “Don’t sell yourself short.” We’re Wake students, by golly, and we deserve the best in career options, grad schools, and service programs. We’re well equipped to take on life after college, so we owe it to ourselves to “dream the big dream,” as Burton put it. For the most part, his inspirational words weren’t entirely original. We’ve heard them in some form or another, but it never hurts to be reminded. It’s often easy to lose touch with

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why we’re at a university in the first place. It’s the acquisition of knowledge that can be used to serve a greater good in society that becomes lost in the shuffle of tests and papers, parties and dating, or part-time jobs and family issues. Don’t lose your purpose. If you haven’t found it yet, that’s ok too, with an open mind just keep looking. You will discover it with time. To coincide with a line from Burton’s beloved show, “you don’t have to take my word for it.” Come up with your own “words” to get you through college and out into the world where you can go anywhere and be anything.

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Book Review | Never Let Me Go

British novelist looks to the future in latest work By Kyle Lawrence | Contributing writer

From Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Man Booker prize-winning novel The Remains of the Day, comes his recent novel Never Let Me Go. Falling just short of winning the Booker Prize in 2005, and instead finishing as runner-up, Never Let Me Go nonetheless displays maturation and skill on the part of Ishiguro that few authors can emulate. Admittedly, this reviewer was at first intrigued by the cover, which led to the perusal of the summary on the back of the book, which led to the subsequent purchase and consumption of the novel as a whole. Such impulse buys often produce withering, frail literature, but not this time. In Never Let Me Go, this reviewer found a superbly crafted novel, worthy of deep and pointed thought and a potential second reading. Set in late 1990s Britain, the novel centers on the narrator, Kathy, who recounts

her life and the lives of her friends Ruth and Tommy at an exclusive boarding school in the British countryside called Hailsham, where their teachers often remind them of how special they are. This special quality, though, is unbeknownst to the reader. As the novel progresses, Kazuo Ishiguro is telling the reader, and not telling the reader. The defining quality of these Hailsham students, which ultimately defines the lives of Kathy, Tommy and Ruth, is never explicitly detailed for the benefit of the audience. Rather, Ishiguro deftly and delicately develops a plot that blossoms slowly in the eyes of the reader. Certainly, Never Let Me Go is not crafted in the pleasing, cheerful beach read mold. However, the novel is a quick read, lending itself to giving a thoughtful read to an intrigued student over break. Though this reviewer lamented a real lack of dialogue, the language and style of the novel was accessible, to the point and flowing. As heartrending as the novel is, Ishiguro’s technique of revealing details slowly can not be emphasized enough.

He chooses words carefully, never revealing too much but always revealing enough to keep the reader attached, yearning for light to be shed upon the encompassing detriment that plagues the Hailsham students. Indeed, the technique with which Ishiguro shapes the plot creates a pageturner of a story. Some parts of the novel seem lacking, though. For such an emotionally-charged story, the characters seem highly apathetic and flat, and as readers will discover, this is an odd irony. As well, readers mustn’t look for a movie-ending, with all resolutions solved and all loose ends tied. If Nicholas Sparks is your thing, this book may not be for you. Nonetheless, as readers come to find out, the story has implications upon our modern society PCorps_K4x10_SEN_You.pdf and particularly science. To this end, the purpose of the novel falls short of enjoyment, but turns instead to societal criticism, and it easily gives Photo courtesy of rise to new problems and predicaments that may plague our world in the very Kazuo Ishiguro proudly holds a copy of his new novel Never Let Me Go, which provides a unique and relevant viewpoint to readers. near future.

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