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Business schools realigned
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By Caitlin Brooks | Contributing writer
In accordance with the university’s long-term strategic plan, the administration has announced the realignment of the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy and the Babcock Graduate School of Management. Calloway School is currently headed by Dean Jack Wilkerson and the Babcock School by Dean Ajay Patel. Starting next year, the two schools will operate under a single dean whom Provost Jill Tiefenthaler will appoint. “It will be the new dean’s responsibility to think and plan strategically for business and management education--to capitalize on our strengths, promote collaboration in teaching and scholarship and create innovative opportunities to ensure that our students have the most comprehensive and forward-looking “The school wants to inexperience crease synergies that can be p o s s i b l e ,” found by combining certain Tiefenthaler said in a press areas of the two schools.” release. Yvonne Hinson “Both the Associate professor and director Calloway of graduate studies in account- and Babcock ing at Calloway Schools have developed distinctive areas of strength and expertise in which we all take great pride,” Tiefenthaler said. The new initiative is merely a conduit through which to capitalize on these strengths. “The school wants to increase synergies that can be found by combining certain areas of the two schools,” said Yvonne Hinson, associate professor and director of graduate studies in accounting at Calloway. “They want to increase collaboration in research, and I suppose if any faculty were interested, there would be cross-teaching opportunities.” Though the plan marks the official start to collaboration between Calloway and Babcock, the two schools have been working together in various ways for years. “Accounting already works with Babcock,” Hinson said. “In the last year, we have organized a way for our students to take classes at both schools. They just indicate interest in a course at Babcock and then we send their information along to the registrar at Babcock and vice versa.” Business professor Umit Akinc oversees the Calloway half of the formal Calloway Babcock Research Workshops. Over the last six years, the workshops have allowed Calloway and Babcock professors to intermingle while learning about research projects their peers are performing. See Business, page A3
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By Chantel O’Neal | Contributing writer Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national organization under United Way that helps children by giving them a mentor. “We match children that need a positive role model with caring volunteers in the community,” Sasha Suzuki, university alumna and case manager on staff at BBBS said. The goal is to help create mentoring relationships for children, and in turn make a positive impact, not only in their life, but in their schools and their communities.
“They call it Big Brothers Big Sisters because that is what you become to the child you’re matched up with. You just develop a relationship and give them a friend and a mentor,” senior Lindsay Widing, a big sister, said. There are two programs within the BBBS organization. The site-based program works with Speas Elementary School. The volunteers, or Bigs, visit their Littles at school. Bigs are required to visit one hour each week and must commit for a full school year. The community-based program is more popular for university students.
This program, according to Winding, also requires one weekly visit, but Bigs are committed to a full calendar year. The Littles can be visited outside of school and can be taken to different places. Many of the Littles enjoy going bowling or to the movies, as well as simple things like going out to eat or coming to visit the university. This helps the children experience new things and build a closer relationship with their Big. “It gives them a break from every day life,” Winding said. See Big, page A2
Wake Press and NEA collaborate on Irish anthology National Endowment for the Arts chose to fund university press for publication of book By Elliot Engstrom | Asst. news editor The National Endowment for the Arts has chosen Wake Forest University Press to publish an anthology of Northern Irish poetry through the endowment’s International Literary Exchange program. The program funds presses in the United States to publish translated versions of literary anthologies. “This is the second collaboration for Wake Forest University Press with the NEA,” said Candide
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Jones, assistant director of Wake Forest Press. will be different from our usual books, in which “Last year, we received a grant we choose all the poems, and for an upcoming second volume do all the editing,. of the Wake Forest Series of The editor for this volume is “We’re delighted that it will Irish Poetry, a new series that Chris Agee, a poet in Northbe included in Wake Forest Press Director Jeff Holdridge ern Ireland, who will choose the began a few years ago.” University Press’s catalogue.” poets and poems. The press will receive $35,000 The Press will handle the Candide Jones to publish 2,000 paperback Assisstant director of Wake For- production, publication and copies of the anthology, feapromotion of the book. “We’re est Press turing poems by 30 Northern delighted that it will be included Irish poets. in Wake Forest University Press’s All of the poets to be featured catalogue,” said Jones. in the anthology were born in 1955 or later. Agee is editor of Irish Pages, a jour“The book will be important for many reasons, nal of contemporary writing published in including that it will feature a number of newer, Belfast. He is also a former editor of Poetry of younger poets from Northern Ireland, as well as a Ireland Review, Poetry (Chicago) and Metre, few poems from the older, more established poets who have influenced them,” Jones said. “This book See Press, page A2
Debate team reaches out to middle school students By Lauren Wright | Contributing writer
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at least once or twice a week to instruct the students in a formal setting, where the kids are The university’s debate team, ranked second broken up into small groups and their weekly in the country and first in district six, has progress is monitored. launched a successful program during the While the work is demanding at times and past year to facilitate a the students are practicing new debate team at Paisley entirely new skills, this kind Middle School. of extracurricular stimulaWith new debate coach “Their (the kids’) excitement tion has improved the public Ross Smith, the team is speaking and communicais very fulfilling because moving in a direction that tion skills of the middle it shows that my work has will give the same kind of school students and provided passion about debate that an invaluable outlet for their given another person the they experience to the next creativity. opportunity to bring debate generation. Members of the debate into their lives.” “Their (the kids’) exciteteam such as Isinhue said that ment is very fulfilling they remember the middle Shawn Isinhue because it shows that my school days when they were Junior, debate team president work has given another searching for a passion themperson the opportunity to selves, as they reflect on the bring debate into their lives,” importance of early programs said junior Shawn Isinhue, president of the like this that encourage students to explore their debate team. Junior Tara Tedrow and Isinhue go to Paisley See Debate, page A2
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French department to hold study abroad information session There will be an information meeting for students interested in studying in Dijon, France, during fall 2008 at 5 p.m. Oct. 15 in Greene 317. For more information, contact Professor Kendall Tarte at ext. 5649 or email@example.com.
Study abroad applications due for Flow House in Vienna The application deadline for the program at the Flow House in Vienna for the fall 2008 semester is Oct. 15. Applications can be accessed through the International Studies Web page. For more information contact Professor Susan Rupp at ext. 4396 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breast Cancer Fashion Show to be held Oct. 5 The12th annual Breast Cancer Fashion Show, sponsored by Panhellenic Council, will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in Benson 401. All proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer. Tickets are sold in Benson across from Pizza Hut for $8 cash or $10 Deacon Dollars. The show will include a fashion show, featuring models from various organizations, refreshments, a memory wall, entertainment, door prizes, a raffle and a silent auction.
L.E.A.D applications for freshmen and sophomores due Nov. 2 Leadership, Excellence, Application and Development applications are available for interested freshmen and sophomores. Information and applications are available in the Office of Student Development Benson 317 or at www. wfu.edu/campuslife/development.
Corrections In the Sept. 27 article “Wake TV set to update programming,” senior Rob Laughter is the producer of the new show Mind Games. In the Sept. 27 Deacon Note, sophomore Jill Hutchinson was named as the ACC Women’s Soccer Player of the Week.
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Big: Students volunteer with local children Continued from Page A1
The local Forsyth County branch serves approximately 600 children from ages 6 to 15 each year. In order to participate, the child must want a mentor and the parent must give their consent. “Typically the children come from single-parent households, but we won’t exclude children if there is a need for a positive role model,” Suzuki said. The children are then put on a waiting list. The demand for big brothers is significantly higher, which is why boys generally wait a year and a half to two years. Girls usually wait from six to eight months. Currently, there are 93 children on the Forsyth County waiting list. Although this is not a campus organization, university students make up 30 percent of the volunteers, with a total of 47 Bigs. “We are very fortunate to have a large number of our volunteers coming from Wake,” Lamaya Williams, BBBS public relations director, said. “As an alumna, it is especially rewarding to know that Wake is such a strong partner with our agency. Each year, we look forward to working with Wake students as they have proven themselves to be exceptional Bigs.” The process of becoming a Big is extensive to ensure the safety of the children and the qualifications of the volunteers. Applications are available outside the Volunteer Service Corps office, but university students cannot volunteer until their second semester of freshman year. The process includes an interview with a case manager, a training and information session, a home visit and assessment and background checks. The five case managers will then meet and try to match the volunteer Bigs with the Littles. “They ask you a lot of in-depth personal questions to try to get a better understanding of your personality
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A big sister gathers with local children following Alpha Phi Omega’s “Kickball For Kids” tournament. so they can match you up with a little boy or a little girl on their list,” Widing said. “They want to find the best fit possible.” The first meeting after a Big and Little are matched is in the presence of a case manager. This gives them a chance to talk and get to know one another, while being observed.
Becoming a big brother or big sister is a very personal commitment, but one that most students seem to find rewarding. “It enriched my life in a way that no other activity could have,” Widing said. “It gave me a chance to break beyond the Wake Forest bubble and get a glimpse of what is out there.”
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interests and challenge themselves. Students at Paisley attentively trained for the “Wake Forest Earlybird Tournament.” They performed extremely well, especially considering that the tournament was their first moderated competition at the national high school forensics level, and that these students are still in middle school. B u t through all the hard work and struggle to keep the class in order, the Smith debate team has obtained an equal amount of knowledge. “This experience has taught me patience and listening skills,” Ishinhue said. He has also learned to balance the individual needs of the student with his occasional impulse to reference his point of view on a
particular topic that the students are in the process of debating. The opportunity that the debate team has brought to these middle school kids is an unadulterated source of joy and fulfillment that they cannot otherwise obtain from the academic curriculum, a situation characteristic of reciprocal learning in a new environment for both groups. “Students love debate because their ideas are heard and challenged,” Smith said. “They end up working harder and pursuing more research than they do in most classes. It’s really cool to hear students excited about finding a new article or answering an argument.” The team also collaborated with WFDD last year to produce an election series for Forsyth County political candidates. In addition, members of the university debate team have raised campus awareness by hosting a public forum about sex slavery. The team is currently in the process of exchanging curricula with other schools similar to Paisely Middle School to sprout more young debate programs.
and East Washington University Press of Cheney, WA were the other recipients of NEA funding. and teaches at the Open University “We hope to have a ‘launch’ of the in Ireland. book in September or October, 2008, Wake Forest University Press received probably in Washington, D.C. and the endowment in part due to its New York, and we’ll arrange to have 31-year history of publishing Irish a couple of the poets from the book at poetry in the United States. the U.S. launch,” said Jones. “Despite our very The NEA is also small size, we are the doing a volume of major publisher of American poetry, “Despite our very small size, edited by an AmerIrish poetry in North we are the major publisher of ican, which will America,” Jones said. Irish poetry in North America.” be published in “We have a familiarNorthern Ireland ity with the poets and as a companion to the poetry.” Candide Jones the Northern Irish The press has been Assistant director of Wake Forest anthology. involved in Irish Press “Irish poetry – poetry and tradition whether from the for decades. Republic or from For each of the past Northern Ireland 10 years, the press has hosted the Wake Forest University Irish – isn’t just great Irish poetry. It’s great Festival, which celebrates Irish poetry poetry, period,” Jones said. “So whether a person has an interest and music by bringing in a host of in Ireland or not, the volume prompoets and musicians. In a national competition, only ises to be a wonderful poetic experitwo other publishers were selected to ence.” For more information about the receive funding for International Literanthology or Wake Forest University ary Exchange projects. Dalkey Archive Press at the Univer- Press in general, students can visit sity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign www.wfu.edu/wfupress. Continued from Page A1
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Theft •An envelope containing $50 in cash was reported stolen from an unsecured desk drawer in Starling Hall between 12 p.m. Sept. 21 and 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24. •A cell phone valued at $300 was reported stolen from an unsecured locker between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Miller Center. •A serving platter and wall plaques valued together at $60 were reported stolen from a secured lounge between 8:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24 in Davis House. •A bag containing 50 assorted DVDs valued at $1,000 was reported stolen between 4 p.m. May
11 and 11 p.m. Sept. 24 from an unsecured lounge in Poteat House. •An unsecured iPod valued at $150 was reported stolen between 11 a.m. Sept. 21 and 6 p.m. Sept. 24 from a lobby table in Collins Residence Hall.
Property Damage •An empty ice cream vending cart sustained damages estimated at $150 when someone pried open the locked doors between 9:30 a.m. Sept. 22 and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at Spry Soccer Stadium. •Several doors sustained damages totaling an estimated $150 when someone pried them open Sept. 30 in the Worrell Professional Center.
Miscellaneous •University Police responded Sept. 29 to assist Winston-Salem Police with a complaint about a loud party at a Polo Road address adjacent to campus. University Police issued warnings to two students. Information about the incident was provided to Harold Holmes, associate vice president and dean of student services. University Police responded to 62 calls from Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, including 10 incidents and investigations and 52 service calls.
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University releases security Web site By Lizzie Rosen | News editor
The university debuted a new Campus Safety and Security Web site Sept 28. The site was launched as part of the university’s response to the Virginia Tech incident, which prompted the university’s Crisis Management Team to review the university’s emergency communication outlets. According to the press release the site will inform the university community of policies and guidelines related to safety and security, provide information about the university preparation for potential emergencies, and alert the community to emergencies. It will also serve as a primary agent for disseminating updates on university responses to emergencies.
The page can be accessed at wfu.edu/ emergency. Links to the site are also available on the university’s Window on Wake Forest and Parents’ Web pages. The site is also assisting the university in collecting mobile phone numbers from students, staff and faculty in another effort to create better communication methods in the new security plan. The university now requires all students to provide numbers, but only requests the numbers from staff and faculty. All mobile phone numbers from faculty, staff and graduate and professional students should be collected by Oct. 12 according to the university plan. As the year passes, the university will continue to announce new communication methods in case of a crisis.
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Students lip-synch to music as they have their heads superimposed into a music video in one of the many HollyWake events Sept. 29.
Business: Some students oppose realignment of schools Continued from Page A1 “The program is about collaboration, but it is more than that,” she said. “They allow members of faculty from both sides to know what their colleges are doing in terms of research. They can help each other by critiquing the work. The more critique and positive criticism, the more likely a paper will be published.” In this way, the collaboration between the schools allows faculty to learn as well. Another program, IAAB, or “It’s All About Business,” brings together about 50 or so students from around the country to “whet their appetite for business” and encourage enrollment in the university’s MBA program. It involves staff from both the Calloway and Babcock schools. “A less obvious but by far more important collaboration takes place in joint research,” Akinc said. Professors from the graduate and undergraduate schools often team up to do independent research projects. For example, Akinc frequently works with Professor Jack Meredith of the Babcock School on various activities.
With all the collaboration already occurring, many questioned why an administrative alignment was necessary at all. Most students in the Calloway school refused to comment on the issue and only one agreed to speak anonymously. “The administration did not consider what students had to say,” the student said. “There were a couple of forums on this topic last year, open forums to talk about your opinion, and from people who went, they didn’t really listen to them. I’d say that a majority of students opposed the move. Some even felt the value of a Calloway degree, and the name would go down, but I’m not sure how valid that argument is.” However, the statistics show these concerns to be unfounded. The Babcock School is ranked in each of the five major graduate business school surveys – Business Week, Financial Times, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report. The school ranks second among the nation’s best regional business schools in The Wall Street Journal for 2007. The Calloway School ranks equally high. It is 17th among nearly 100 undergraduate business programs in the United States, according to the 2007 Business Week rankings report. “Wake Forest is one of only a few national uni-
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Students exit the business school Oct. 3. Students, especially those in the Calloway School, have expressed mixed emotions toward the alignment of the two business schools. versities that still administers undergraduate and graduate business programs entirely separately,” according to the press release.
Business Week’s 2007 No. 1 Business School is the University of Virgina, which shares the university’s split business model.
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he recent release of the Strategic Plan for the Wake Forest Undergraduate Student Body has for the first time comprehensively voiced the concerns of the student body in terms of the strategic planning process the university has been undergoing. We believe that these recommendations express the voice of the students, and we hope that the university will take these recommendations seriously. The student perspective should be critical in determining the future course of university planning. The recommendations on student size seem to be in line with general student opinion. Students seem opposed to large increases in undergraduate size, with a goal population of 50006000 as a limit to the size our campus can comfortably hold. Proportional growth of facilities and faculty is critical in this process and this will require a slow, measured schedule of growth. While a more prominent Pro Humanitate Center might make our motto more visible, we hope to see a re-envisioning or reinvention of what pro humanitate means to us. Our motto has come to represent service, but other meanings of pro humanitate, like the broadening of our minds and diversity of perspective are no longer stressed. We hope that the improved Center will not only focus on leadership and service, but will constantly strive to present our motto in new and innovative ways. The student Strategic Plan also mentions improvements batted around by the student community for years – an improved student center,
a parking garage and new, late-night dining options. We believe that the student body has spoken loud and clear about the desire for these structures and we hope to see some actual progress toward these goals. Strategic planning must necessarily involve a lot of talking, but ultimately we hope to see a lot of action. One issue that was mentioned in the plan is one that few students and administrators know about, but that we think is one of the most pressing issues immediately facing the student body – student activities funding. With a moratorium on new group charters and more student organizations hoping to form each year, student funding stands to become a serious problem that could affect a huge portion of the student body. We hope to see more university involvement and attention to this issue and solutions that will not compromise the quality or quantity of our student involvement. We applaud the Strategic Plan for looking at academic issues in a new way. Much has been made of the teacher salary discrepancy, but the plan suggests endowed professorships, a creative solution that could make a difference now. The committee has identified an important part of academia that is often overlooked – the teacher/scholar model. Our campus is lucky enough to have talented professors who motivate their students inside and outside the classroom. We believe that an emphasis on the teacher/scholar model would allow professors to concentrate on their students first and enhance the quality of education at the university.
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Universal health care can be successful Drew Dickinson
capitalism. A major example of this is the implementation of antitrust laws, Guest columnist which are used to restrict potential monopolies such as Microsoft. By am writing in response to freshman definition, monopolies seek to minimize Hannah Werthan’s Sept. 13 column entitled “National health care a poor competition – which, using Werthan’s argument on competition, can stifle idea.” I am a senior, and I have never written an op-ed column or contributed progress. Speaking of progress, I would like to to the Old Gold & Black at all. highlight a problem with her statement However, after reading Werthan’s that the American system has “worked” column, I felt like I can sympathize for centuries and that we should not with her – not on the issue of health fix it. What, exactly, does she mean by care, but on the basis of her arguments. “worked?” If you will pardon an obscure Personally, I believe that socialized analogy – my car will still “work” medicine and a universal health care without seats, a windshield, doors, policy are much needed here in the a hood, airbags or even brakes, but United States because we can pay for it, would she still ride in a car with all of we should pay for it and we must add the reality of humanity to the “principle these problems? Why not? It “works.” Likewise, the American system of health of capitalism” that our nation was care works – especially for insurance founded upon. Our nation was not companies (but that can be spared for founded on the principle of capitalism. Individual freedoms; yes, capitalism, no. an entirely new argument). But does it fulfill its purpose – to provide health In retrospect, entering this university as a freshman, I honestly thought I knew care to those in need? With the costs of prescriptions and a lot more about what America should extensive hospital bills, low-income be doing in the world – domestically families with members who are in and internationally – than I really did. desperate need of medical attention For example, I admit that I supported are sometimes forced to give up almost the War in Iraq, or whatever they everything they own to pay off these called it back then. In fact, I recently debts. She should picture herself, if she found a project I made at the end of will try, in that situation; would she still my junior year of high school regarding see the American system as “working?” the war. Without the intention of I spent a semester launching a huge debate in London and about policies about unfortunately had to Iraq, I played up the Before this visit, I – like spend two separate United States to be the many Americans – held nights in the Royal Free equivalent of some sort a misconception that Hospital in Hampstead. of deity. We could not I was shocked at what I go wrong; we could not socialized health care thought I knew versus let Saddam Hussein necessarily led to issues what was actually taking blow up the world with such as long lines and place in front of me. his weapons of mass poor treatment. HowThere was virtually no destruction. What does all of this ever, as cited, if managed wait to get medical attention, I had at least have to do with her well, universal health care five incredibly intelligent op-ed and health care? can work for its patients. doctors working with Well, I saw a lot of my me and the best part, past opinions pop up in the morning the again in her article. I accountant felt horrible cannot tell her now because she told me I was going to whether she is right or wrong regarding have to pay ₤800 (roughly $1,600). health care, but I do want to emphasize Compared to U.S. medical charges, this that using arguments such as “it is relatively low fee was only because I was un-American,” America is a “capitalist” a foreigner who had to stay a night in country (emphasizing laissez-faire ICU. All emergency care was free; my completely) and using poorly defined prescriptions were free as well. terms such as the American system In sum, it was an enlightening has “worked” for centuries, leaves her experience. Before this visit, I, like argument logically unconvincing. many Americans, held a misconception Her argument that universal health that socialized health care necessarily care “is un-American,” in particular, led to issues such as long lines and poor struck me as inappropriate because that treatment. is, if she recalls, the label that we used However, as cited, if managed well, to describe those who were opposed universal health care can work for its to the original policy to go to war in patients. Iraq. However, in retrospect, were they I conclude with a more personal word “un-American?” I think a definition of of advice: keep an open mind, especially what is “American” would surely help as Werthan travels through her four her case. years here. I think it is great that she I want to clarify her argument that was brave enough to send in an op-ed America is a capitalist country. This is true, but her argument places capitalism to the OGB. I recognize that she does not believe in socialized health care, but in its polarized nature: exchanges I suggest, as a fellow student, if she is within a completely free market, going to argue against universal health void of government intervention. care, she should try to develop argument However, America does not have a with less generalizations and better purely capitalist society; elements of defined terms. this intervention are incorporated into our society already, to combat Drew Dickinson is a senior political the sometimes unequal distribution of science major from Richmond, Va. wealth that is a consequence of pure
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Opinion Old Gold & Black
Thursday, October 4, 2007 A5
Seeking utility in ideas crushing liberal arts
Entrepreneurial thinking has become the focus for the university James Hans
t would seem that the time has finally come to pay our last respects to the Liberal Arts education as it was once known. Like everything else, it was an historical artifact that was always evolving to suit the needs of the people of the time. Past a certain point, though, it would be more appropriate to leave the term behind and come up with a new way of characterizing the manner in which we organize our studies on campus. One thing is certain: the endless talk about strategic planning in virtually every area of campus life has demonstrated that the final bureaucratization of our enterprise is fully under way, the futile attempt to routinize the charisma at the center of education that will inevitably lead to its death. The ever-more-prominent focus on entrepreneurship, both stated and implied, heralds our changed mission. Final confirmation of the demise of the Liberal Arts comes from every quarter, most specifically via the language through which we have
come to characterize our collective mission. We should one last time remind ourselves of the rhetorical implications of the entrepreneurial focus that has come to dominate our thought at every level of this institution. Although the mission statement of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts only claims to speak on its own behalf, there is little doubt that its endeavors have become central to everything we do. Hence, we should pay close attention to the implications of that statement: We seek to create and sustain an environment that fosters entrepreneurial thinking and action at Wake Forest University. By entrepreneurship we mean the process through which individuals and groups take advantage of their knowledge and resources to identify and pursue opportunities, initiate change and create value in their lives and the lives of others. Through this effort we seek to enlighten Wake Forest students and faculty in all disciplines about their individual and collective abilities, to encourage them to create their own pathways in life and to use their entrepreneurial skills on behalf of their communities as well as societies throughout the world. Several things are immediately worth noting in the enlightenment
these words provide: first, of our world; one must find ways entrepreneurial thinking and action of taking advantage of what one are assumed to be crucial to our work knows. People do this when they can here at Wake Forest; second, such identify and pursue opportunities that thinking and action are by definition will initiate change and create value in different from the activities we might their lives and the lives of others. But previously have considered important what is involved in this process to our goals. of initiating change and creating Among other things, entrepreneurial value? And how do these processes thinking is alter our idea of who intrinsically connected we are? to action: some The problem is that Creativity in short order beproduct must be this language takes comes creating value. The the visible result of the highest capacities one’s closely directed of which humans are thoughtful, playful, nonthought. This point capable and forces self-centered investigation is emphasized by them into the narrow of the phenomena of the the assertion that grid of economic entrepreneurial profit and loss, gently world becomes chained to thinking allows people the economic procedures spread to others to take advantage of in the community their knowledge. The through which money is in order to deflect made and disbursed. assumption is that the charge that an thought is a waste entirely self-interested of time if one orientation is being can’t find specific advocated. ways of making use of it. There is Creativity in short order becomes absolutely no point in quietly and creating value. The thoughtful, calmly reflecting on the nature of the playful, non-self-centered universe. investigation of the phenomena of The idea of taking advantage the world becomes chained to the of thought also reflects the economic procedures through which fundamentally self-centered, money is made and disbursed. economic imperatives that are the We have come to see that it is not focus of our lives these days. It is enough to induce people to reflect not enough to think; one must think on the nature of their lives; we must entrepreneurially (or strategically). It change the circumstances through is not enough to consider the nature which they make sense of the material
conditions of their lives. What better way to do that than to reduce all human endeavors to strategic thinking whose goal is the creation of economic value in a world that has long since lost sight of any larger imperatives? Wake Forest is hardly responsible for these trends. It is probably not even at their forefront. As with the introduction of First Year Seminars into the curriculum and the decision to invest endowment funds in resources like timber, we are no doubt once again following the inclinations of others (the consultants will reveal all!). And there is clearly no point in arguing for a return to the older ways of meditating on the nature of things that were never all that disinterested to begin with. But the Liberal Arts do at least deserve a proper burial, a fitting acknowledgment of their passing. For that I propose we dedicate a small plot of land just outside the gates of one of the campus entrances a potter’s field for the unnameable Liberal Arts and have an entrepreneurial competition for a small memorial in their honor. Mean time, like esteemed Wake Forest poet A. R. Ammons, I shall personally remain committed to Conserving the Magnitude of Uselessness. James Hans is the Charles E. Taylor professor of English residing in Pfafftown.
Treatment of leader unfair
President of Columbia’s attack on Ahmadinejad was completely uncalled for Monica Petrescu and Kyle Grochmal
Word on the Quad | Your voice on what’s going on What are your thoughts about the upcoming immigration forum that is happening on campus this week?
“I think it is very pertinent to the upcoming presidential election.”
“I think it’s a good idea; my sociology professor recommended it to me.”
“I’m going to the movie, and I would go to more if I could.”
“I think it’s too long and there are too many speeches.”
“I plan on attending because it seems interesting and relevant.”
Janelle Summerville Sophomore Stafford, Va.
Kirsten Lamie Sophomore Abingdon, Va.
Natalie Sheary Freshman West Hartford, Conn.
Justin Mohr Freshman Scituate, Mass.
Michael Gillmer Sophomore Chapel Hill, N.C.
he “Axis of Evil” scheme has already been brainwashed into most Americans. However, the ethnocentrism and ignorance demonstrated by American people, officials and intellectual leaders in the past week had led some to question the definition of evil. Common courtesy dictates some respect for guests, especially when they are world leaders. American responses to the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, from the UN General Assembly to the streets, show no such tact. The treatment of Ahmadinejad should make us feel ashamed for disrespecting the values we flaunt to the world. Not only are we openly limiting our own free speech through the renewal of the Patriot Act, and calling all Bush opponents “un-American,” but we are now mocking proponents of differing world views. Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, introduced Ahmadinejad as a “petty dictator” with a “fanatical mindset” who “lacked intellectual courage.” Yet it was Bollinger himself who proved a “lack of intellectual courage,” by “vaccinating” his students against the guest. By predisposing them to his own bias he denied them the right to make their own intellectual decisions. The willing sacrifice It is rather ironic of diversity of world that Ahmadinejad, views is dangerous to whom we love to criticize for limiting intellectual freedom. freedoms in his own country, had to lecture the leader of a prestigious American university on openmindedness. Ahmadinejad did not walk out of Columbia University, despite being insulted. It was American diplomats who walked out, right when Ahmadinejad began addressing the United Nations General Assembly the next day. The Iranian President did not resort to petty namecalling of the United States, refusing to sink to the “Columbia level.” In fact, he actually called for world peace: a call that America’s administration is clearly not interested in hearing. The willing sacrifice of diversity of world views is dangerous to intellectual freedom. We condemn intellectual oppression as a sign of great evil, so why are we imposing it on ourselves? Bollinger sacrificed his principles, and America’s principles; the saddest part is that he did so due to the pressure of public opinion. If Wake Forest was ever honored with the visit of President Ahmadinejad, I hope that we would embrace the values of free intellectual exchange and freedom of speech. After invading another country in the name of liberty, we should at least protect our own. Monica Petrescu is a sophomore history major from Vernon Hills, Ill., and Kyle Grochmal is a sophomore from Rehobeth, Mass.
A6 Thursday, October 4, 2007
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