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By Caitlin Brooks Asst. news editor Environmental issues are some of the most pressing challenges facing our generation, junior Cassie Freund, Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) president, said. Before the October release of the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s sustainability report card, it seemed the university was oblivious to or unconcerned about this fact. The coalition, a Rockefeller-funded environmental study group out of Cambridge, Mass., evaluated the nation’s 300 most prominent universities. The university scored in the bottom third with a C- and was given a lower grade than any school with an endowment greater than $1 billion. As news of the sub-par score spread, administrators began to take heed and students and faculty who had long been interested in eco-conscious lifestyles rejoiced at the visible measures taken by

the administration. The highly controversial decision to lock Reynolda Hall all night not only promotes security of the building, but it saves all the energy formerly used to run the building for only a few studying students. Though students questioned the disappearance of the much loved Pit trays last year and poked fun at saving the environment by carrying their dishes to the tray return, the effort does save water. Less publicized, but equally important endeavors include printing limited copies of the course catalogue, encouraging students to view offerings online. The class of 2012 found all of their admissions info on the Internet, which saved the reams of paper used in previous years to distribute orientation information.

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Teenagers SU announces Springfest act arrested in robberies By Katie Phillips | Staff writer

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Two male teenagers were charged with armed robbery on Nov. 13 by the Winston-Salem Police Department regarding two recent off-campus robberies close to campus. One of the suspects has been arrested and the other is being held at another facility, but warrants have been obtained and he will be arrested upon release. The teenagers are charged with the attempted armed robbery of a male on Oct. 27 at his house on Brookwood Drive off Polo Road. They are also charged for the robbery of a female university student who was robbed at gunpoint on Oct. 28 in the parking lot of the Deacon Ridge housing complex on University Parkway. Another investigation led the police to the two suspects. The Winston-Salem Police were investigating the kidnapping of a woman on Pine Knolls Road. She was later found unscathed in the trunk of a stolen vehicle. One of the male suspects was charged in this case. The Winston-Salem Police Department, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department and the Kernersville Police Department have all participated in the robbery and kidnapping investigations. University Police are still looking into the armed robbery of a university student on Oct. 30 in Parking Lot R2 near Polo Residence Hall. A female student was exiting her vehicle when an unidentified man with a handgun forced her to stay in the car and

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This week Student Union announced the band for Springfest 2009: Third Eye Blind. Senior Liz Jones, this year’s Student Union chair for Springfest, helped coordinate the event. Third Eye Blind will be coming to the university March 25, during the week of Springfest. The event is officially hosted by Student Union and sponsored by the Student Activities Fee (SAF). The venue and cost for the concert have yet to be determined, among other details, Jones said. “There is a lot of time, money and paper work that goes into a concert, but it is so exciting to see the final result, and I think this concert will be the greatest one since I’ve been at Wake, and I hope the rest of the student body will feel the same,” she said. Chosen through a variety of student polls, the list of potential concert artists is ultimately decided upon by the Student Union Springfest committee. Kathy Arnett, a associate director in Benson and the student union advisor, contributes to the process as well. An agent for Third Eye Blind was contacted and it was determined that they are touring in the spring. After SAF approved the proposal for Third Eye Blind, the committee put in an offer to the band’s agent. According to Jones, the offer was accepted a lot faster than Student Union expected and, overall, Third Eye Blind was a lot easier to get to agree to play than O.A.R. Third Eye Blind is a predominately ‘90s band, thus the allure of bringing this flashback band

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The band Third Eye Blind is scheduled to perform March 25 during Springfest 2009. to campus, sophomore Rob Byrd and Student Union member said. The San Francisco-based band’s first major hit, “Semi-Charmed Life” was released in 1997, with two more from the same album (“How’s It Going to Be” and “Jumper”) that broke the Billboard Top 200 for over a year. Other hits include “Graduate (remix),” “Deep Inside of You” and “Never Let You Go.” Shortly after lead vocalist Stephan Jenkins produced the international hit of The Braid’s cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” he signed a publishing deal that was reported to be the largest ever for an unreleeased artist. Third Eye Blind began to play frequently in the San Francisco Bay Area, cultivating a dedicated fan base. The band’s original 14-song demo began attracting the attention of major labels. Rather quickly, the group finagled its way to the prized opening spot for Oasis’ April 1996 concert at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium. The

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group was unsigned at the time of the concert; however, after the concert they became the center of a bidding war between labels. The band eventually signed with Elektra/Asylum because the label offered the most artistic freedom, which included enlisting Jenkins as the album’s producer. After signing to Elektra, he was also offered a production deal to help develop new bands. Concert tours around the world continued throughout 2000, but by 2001 the band decided it was time for break. Instead of focusing on their music, Third Eye Blind participated in several charity events. They put on shows for the Tiger Woods Foundation as well as Breathe, a performance organized Jenkins, to promote breast cancer awareness. Their albums include the eponymous Third Eye Blind in 1997, Blue in 1999, Out of the Vein in 2003 and A Collection in 2006. Their latest album, Red Star EP, was released on Nov. 18.

Sports | B1 Going for the trophy Varsity field hockey advances to the NCAA Final Four for the ninth consecutive year after beating American and Virginia Tech.

Billionaire Mark Cuban, known primarily for owning the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and participating in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, was charged on Nov. 17 with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). SEC says Cuban sold 600,000 shares of Internet search company after receiving non-public information from the company in 2004. The case is a civil case so Cuban is not facing criminal charges, but he could pay approximately $1.5 million in fines.

Obama may have to give up BlackBerry due to security President-elect Barack Obama is facing uncharted territory as he is the first president to be inaugurated in the BlackBerry age. Because of the easiness of tracking e-mail and the fact that the president’s e-mails may be subject to public records laws, past presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have chosen not to e-mail during their presidencies. However, Presidentelect Obama, a known BlackBerry “addict,” may also have to give up his beloved device.

Venezuela launches first satellite with the help of China Venezuela has launched its first satellite. The Simon Bolivar Satellite was launched on Nov. 13 from China’s Sichuan province. It was carried by a Chinese rocket. The purpose of the telecommunications satellite is to allow Venezuela to access educational and medical information, previously unavailable to them because of their relative isolation.

Sacha Baron Cohen crashes set of TV drama Medium Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame is currently shooting scenes for a new film as fashion reporter Bruno. Cohen was apparently thrown off the set of NBC’s show Medium after he had caused trouble as an extra on the show.

Nigerian man jailed then released for having 86 wives An Islamic preacher, Mohammed Bello, was ordered by the central Niger state to divorce 82 of his 86 wives, by Sept. 7, so that he would have no more than four, which is the limit in sharia, Islamic law. He refused to do so and was imprisoned but later released Nov. 13.

Hand model sues Martha Stewart after injuring finger A hand model/magician/actor in Des Moines, Iowa filed a lawsuit Nov. 17 against Kmart Corp. and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia claiming that a Martha Stewart lounge chair collapsed when he was moving it and crushed his right index finger. He is asking for compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, partial disfigurement and loss of earning capacity.

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Brieflies Divinity School hosts anti-racism workshop for community The Divinity School is holding an antiracism workshop Nov. 20-22 at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Sahlimar Drive. The Institute for Dismantling Racism & Crossroads Anti-Racism Workshop aims for participants to deepen their understanding of racism and eventually eliminate it. The seminar is $300, but students, faculty and retirees can attend for free. Visit for more details.

Artisans to sell their handmade products at fair in Benson There will be an artisans’ fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 in Benson 401. University students, employees and retirees will be selling their handmade products such as jewelry, pottery and purses.

Eclectic band performing to benefit developing countries Experimental world music ensemble Songs of Water will be performing a concert sponsored by Volunteer Service Corps at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 in Brendle Recital Hall in order to raise money for well drilling developing nations in Africa.

Wind Ensemble to hold concert featuring university alumnus The University Wind Ensemble will perform a concert at 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 in Brendle Recital Hall. The director and assistant director of Bands, Kevin Bowen and Philip Morgan, respectfully will be conducting. The band will perform works by several composers including alumnus Ed Kiefer who will conduct his piece, “Mountain Dance.”

Inter-faith celebration features student groups and speakers The annual Lighting of the Quad ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 on Hearn Plaza. Refreshments will be provided.

Kemper Scholar’s Program holding information session First year students who are interested in learning about the Kemper Scholar’s Program may attend an informatiaon session from 11-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 in 001 Kirby Hall. Visit for more information.

Campus museum offers discounts for holiday shopping The Museum of Anthropology is continuing its annual holiday sale through Dec. 17. The Museum Shop has decorations and gifts from around the world. There is a 25 percent discount for purchases over $5.

Group collecting donations of eyeglasses around campus The university chapter of Unite for Sight is holding an ongoing eyeglass drive. Prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses or nonprescription sunglasses may be donated in the Pit, Benson Food Court and ZSR library.

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Study abroad program ranked No. 2 By Natalie Ranck | Staff writer

In the Open Doors 2008 national report published by the Institute of International Education, the university was ranked second among doctoral universities with the highest percentage of undergraduates studying abroad. During the 2006-2007 school year, the university sent a whooping 65.4 percent of students abroad, second only to the University of Denver with 74.4 percent. This is an improvement from last year’s statistics. In 2007, the university was ranked fourth after Yeshiva University, University of Denver and Dartmouth College, respectively. This improvement can be attributed both to the university’s encouragement of study abroad programs and to the extensive work of the staff in the Center of International Studies. “We want every student who comes to Wake Forest to engage in some type of international experience,” Steven Duke, director of the Center for International Studies said. The university offers more than 400 semester, summer and yearlong study abroad programs in 200 cities in more than 70 countries worldwide. Of these programs the majority have some opportunities for independent research, internships, organized group excursions, field study, language partnerships, community service and personal travel.

“Regardless of major, background or financial circumstances, we want each student to know that study abroad is open to him or her. International study creates numerous opportunities for learning about the world, developing a better understanding of one’s discipline, learning intercultural communication skills and developing as a person. These experiences are critical in today’s environment.” Unique to the university are the houses owned in Venice, Vienna and London that were established by the Center for International Studies for university students and faculty. “One of the highlights at Wake Forest is the large number of students — two thirds — who study abroad for a full semester or year,” Duke said. “(Many student of ) the other third of students study abroad during the summer.” These high percentages not only reflect the enormous amount of opportunities, but also the effectiveness of the Center for International Studies. Another advantage the university gives its students in studying abroad is the organization of the Center for International Studies’ Web site. All programs, both associated with the university and those associated with other universities, are posted on the Web site, along with descriptions of programs or links to descriptions of programs. The application process is also made simple through the Web site, in that it is completely online.

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A street view of Dijon, France, where junior Elliot Engstrom is currently studying abroad. Students can find programs, submit applications, apply for scholarships and find information on what they need to do in preparation for their journey all on the Web site. The Center for International Studies also has an office in which students can meet individually with staff members who have experience sending students abroad. The Center for International Studies, along with the university’s avid

support, makes study abroad possible and desirable for most university students, which was reflected and rewarded in the rankings of Open Doors 2008. The Center for International Studies’ Web site says it all: “When studying abroad, book knowledge comes alive. You experience culture and history firsthand. Your perspectives broaden. You leave a student and return a global citizen.”

Conservationist works to protect species Beehler speaks in Wait Chapel about his travels and findings in Western New Guinea By R. Hunter Bratton | Staff writer Bruce Beehler, vice president of Pacific Programs at Conservation International and distinguished ornithologist, discussed his recent trip to New Guinea on Nov. 13 in Wait Chapel as the first orator in the annual Voices of Our Times speaker series in his lecture “Lost World: Discoveries from the Edge of Civilization.” With pictures of wooly rats, pigmy possums, long-beaked akidnas and golden-mantled tree kangaroos, along with recordings of indigenous

birdcalls such as those of wattled smoky honeyeaters, Berlepsch’s six-wired birds of paradise and golden-fronted bowerbirds, Beehler took a bursting audience of students, faculty and community members on a journey into the Pegunungan Foja Mountians of Western New Guinea. New Guinea, the largest tropical island on Earth with elevations of over 16,000 feet where high glaciers are masked with permanent snow, is one of the most beautiful places on earth, Beehler said. Slightly below the equator, West Papua is ecologically the richest providence in the Indonesian archipelago and a zoological treasure chest for Beehler and his team of scientists.

Tucked away in the depths of the south pacific and shielded by the protection of the Australian landmass, New Guinea remained an aboriginal paradise for much of its existence, that is, until the European trade of the Victorian era led trappers to poach the Papuan birds for their exotic plumage. The turn of the 19th century was accompanied by an ornithological stampede of filchers who wished to exploit the virgin New Guinean land by capturing the birds of paradise and shipping the tufts, crests and quills back home to be incorporated in the wardrobes of the affluent.

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drive him to several ATM machines before he told her to drop him off near downtown Winston-Salem. The two students, who police determined had lied about being held up

at gunpoint, were charged Nov. 12 with filing a false report, a misdemeanor. The students reported that while jogging Nov. 6 on a path from the university toward Reynolda Village a man had come out of the woods with a gun and demanded they give

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him all the money they had. They are scheduled to appear in Forsyth County District Court on Dec. 8. The students have also been referred to the Office of the Dean of Students. Despite the arrests and false report, the university is continuing the extra safety precautions it set forth on Nov.

6. Unrestricted entry is now limited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., when the guards begin checking IDs for entry. The Polo Road gate now closes at 6 p.m rather than 10 p.m. The university and Winston-Salem police departments have also added more patrolmen.

POLICE BEAT • University Police responded to 99 calls from Nov. 10-16, including nine incidents and investigations and 90 service calls. The following is a summary of the incidents and investigations.

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Drug and Alcohol Violations

• University Police responded to a noise disturbance Nov. 16 at Polo Residence Hall and found 20 students talking loudly in the room. The two students assigned to the room were referred to the dean of student services for a housing contract noise violation.

• University Police responded to a noise disturbance Nov. 16 at Poteat Residence Hall and found an intoxicated underage student banging on a door. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services. • University Police responded to a noise disturbance Nov. 16 at Taylor Residence Hall and found five underage students consuming alcohol. Information about the incident was provided to


Thefts • University Police stopped two men Nov. 11 as they rode bicycles from campus onto University Parkway and determined that the riders, who

were not students, had stolen the bikes. Both were issued trespass warnings and charged with larceny. • Car keys and a debit card left in an unsecured locker at Reynolds Gym were reported stolen between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Nov. 12.

Damage to Real Property • Unknown subjects wrote graffiti in the thirdfloor women’s rest room in Tribble Hall and tore a toilet from the floor in the men’s rest room. The damages, estimated at $400, were discovered and reported Nov. 11. • Unknown subjects broke window panes Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 at Kitchin Residence Hall, causing an estimated $100 in damages.

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Professor earns award for sports book Lecture looks By Ashton Astbury | Staff writer

Earl Smith, Rubin Professor and director of American ethnic studies at the university, was awarded the 2008 book award from the North American Society for the Study of Sport (NASSS) for his book Race, Sport and the American Dream (Carolina Academic Press, 2007). The award, which recognizes an active member of NASSS who has worked hard to publish his or her research findings in book form, is given annually for the best book published in the area of sports sociology and sport studies. Smith received his bachelor’s from the State University of New York and his master’s and doctorate from the University of Connecti-

cut. He previously held teaching positions at SUNY at Brockport, Washington State University and Pacific Lutheran University, and he has been a professor at the university for 13 years, serving as chair of the sociology department from 1997 to 2005. Smith was also president of NASSS from 2001-2002. During the 2008-2009 academic year, Smith is the Arnold A. Sio Distinguished Professor of Diversity and Community in Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University, where he currently teaches Social Deviance and Black Communities/Urban Sociology. In the spring semester, Smith is set to instruct the courses Sociology of Sport and Gender, Power and Violence.

According to Smith, this distinguished visiting position is awarded annually to a man or woman doing research in the areas of diversity. “In addition to contributing to the curricular offerings, I am charged with putting on several campuswide symposia and lectures that focus on an area of my choosing,” Smith said. “I am focusing on wrongful conviction and exoneration and will have a series of events including a keynote lecture in the late spring.” Smith is enjoying his experience as a visiting professor at Colgate, which he described as terrific and rewarding. “(Colgate University) offers a wide range of resources to support teaching that have allowed me to take my sociology class in to

the city of Utica and, working with the Mohawk Valley Refugee Resettlement Center, we have conducted surveys, examined poverty and the homeless, and addressed issues of refugee resettlement,” Smith said. Race, Sport and the American Dream, which is the recipient of this year’s NASSS book award; is Smith’s fourth book. According to Smith, the larger focus of this publication is African-American civil society. “The empirical illustration is the analysis of the institution of sport and its influence on AfricanAmerican civil society, with special attention being paid to men: male athletes, coaches, owners, etc.,” Smith said. “The book examines

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“When students leave here they will either have careers in green areas or just any career that is going to have to deal with sustainability issues and we want to give them the tools to be conversant in this area,” Provost Jill Tiefenthaler said. “Students will be looking for it (an environmentally-informed education) when they arrive and need it when they leave,” The university is now in the final stages of acquiring a new administrator, a sustainability director. Candidates for the position, which will require frequent reports to the office of the provost and facilities about ways to improve the university’s sustainability citizenship, have already finished the interview process. An applicant should be hired by next month or the beginning of the spring semester at the latest. The Master Plan, which calls for extensive expansion over the next 10 years, mandates that all new construction on campus conform to U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Standards for building. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The silver standard is the second tier of requirements for new construction. Certified buildings must meet requirements in such categories as water efficient, energy and atmosphere, and materials and resources. There is currently only one LEED certified building in Forsyth County, the new office headquarters for Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA and consulting engineering firm, Cavanaugh & Associates, PA. The first LEED Silver building on campus will be the new welcome center/ admissions building. The shift to green building

has already begun. Construction in the library and North Campus apartments over the summer featured the installation of low flow urinals and dual flush toilets to help conserve water. Also, older, energy-intense fluorescent fixtures across campus are being converted to energy efficient fluorescents which reduce energy consumption, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. “It is always a challenge when you have an entire university run for a very small number of students, but (our small student body is) what we are all about, and that’s important. But we should do it in the most sustainable way possible,” Tiefenthaler said. Administrators are not the only ones pushing for sustainability. Four years ago, Associate Professor of Biology Miles Silman, Professor of Biology Dave Anderson, instrumentation manager of the chemistry department Marcus Wright and technology specialist of the education department Robert Vidrine embarked on a biodiesel fuel initiative for the university. The plan entailed using all the leftover oil from the Dixie Classic Fair as well as from dining hall operations, converting it into biodiesel fuel at a plant in King, N.C., and then using it to fuel university vehicles. On Oct. 2, 2007 the first shipment of fuel from King arrived on campus and was used to fuel some two dozen vehicles ranging from tractors and a trash vacuum to a dump truck on campus. Maintenance vehicles across campus are still fueled by this converted vegetable oil, and last year, students took influential roles in the Biofuels Initiative. The next big step in the drive to use sustainable biofuel on campus will be to bring an actual student run reactor to the university. Currently, biodiesel must be transported miles from King to the university, which nearly defeats the ecological benefits the repurposed fuel provides. Senior Lacey Robinson, a leader in the

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initiative, projects that a refinery will come to campus by the end of next semester. “This whole program really promotes cross campus collaboration,” Robinson said. “Business students and natural science students, professors and undergrads; everyone will collaborate. It’s going to be a really unique opportunity for a lot of students to get involved.” Currently, the university pays for its waste vegetable oil from the Fresh Food Company and Benson to be discarded, but the biofuels project will convert the oil into diesel, which will not only save the environment by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions (biofuel produces much less carbon dioxide than petroleum fuels) but it will save the university money, and really, Robinson said, that’s what it’s all about. “When I think of environmentalism, I see amazing economic potential. There is profound potential to influence society if you can create a competitive business that sets a whole new standard for energy production and consumption,” Robinson said. “You can convince people to be eco-friendly because it saves businesses money. It just makes business sense to be sustainable; it’s a win-win.” Not interested in biodiesel? SEAC has been steadily active on campus and provides several ways for students to live greener lives without a huge time commitment. First and foremost: recycling. SEAC members distributed recycling bins to freshmen during orientation as well as to upperclassmen by request. Large signs now adorn residence halls above the familiar recycling bins with clarifying images of recyclable waste. Tiefenthaler lauded the recycling program, which has made significant improvements in the last few years. According to Tiefenthaler, approximately 25 percent of all waste from the university is now diverted from landfills for reuse, up from the midteens in previous years.

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David Zarefsky dissects the rhetoric in Lincoln’s “House Divided” address. By Katie Phillips | Staff writer David Zarefsky, a professor from Northwestern University, spoke at the second installment of the Great Teacher Lecture Series, which is hosted by the university’s communications department. Zarefsky teaches classes on history in criticism within the communication department at Northwestern University, as well as argumentative and presidential rhetoric courses. Zarefsky has written eight books and published over seven scholarly articles. The lecture, titled “The House Divided: Rhetoric and Politics,” explored the rhetorical and political constraints Abraham Lincoln faced before and during his campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois in 1858. Zarefsky began by discussing the large amount of national coverage that the North Carolina senatorial race received during the most recent election. He discussed this race to put into perspective how much more controversial the Lincoln/Douglas senatorial race was than this year’s all-female race for North Carolina’s U.S. Senate seat. He states that if we think we live in a politically polarized time, just look back to the years before the Civil War and you will understand political polarization. “In an age of political polarization such as we now face, it is valuable to look back to an even more polarized time to see how a masterful politician sought in his speeches to respond to and transcend the deep divisions he faced,” Zarefsky said. “Studying this speech will not only deepen

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Group aims to improve art awareness Yale teacher discusses

history of tea in China By Bobby O’Connor | Staff writer

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The Beethoven Student Art Gallery Committee meets every Tuesday behind Starbucks for a lunch meeting to discuss trends and news in the art world. By CeCe Brooks | News editor Despite the fact that the university is classified as a liberal arts school, many students here not only do not participate in any of the arts, but they rarely even take the time to appreciate the art here on campus. One of the Beethoven Student Art Gallery Committee’s goals is to increase student awareness and appreciation of visual arts. The isolation of Scales Fine Arts center and students’ busy schedules are partially to blame for this. “Scales itself is pushed off to an isolated corner of the campus where people don’t often venture unless they have to,” senior Noelle Schonefeld, the committee’s financial chair, said. “If it’s not visible, people are not going to be aware of anything happening with the visual arts.” Schonefeld is one of the committee’s three co-chairs along with senior organizational chair Katie Schuford and senior public relations chair Lee Anne Gregory. The group meets weekly for lunch to discuss art and recently hosted an interactive

event on Hearn Plaza. The group was approached by Student Government, says Schonefeld, “to do an art project that would be visible on campus.” They decided to set up “blank” living room furniture on Nov. 12 and 13 on the Quad and get students to paint whatever they like as a “blank canvas for creativity.” This event evolved from previous events like their “wall of expression” where students could paint whatever they wanted. One year the “blank canvas” was a couch. The finished products from the furniture event will most likely be shown in the Beethoven Gallery. In addition to increasing student awareness and appreciation of the arts, Schonefeld says the group is trying to improve the visual arts program itself. “The visual arts program is underfunded and does not have enough space or professors for the amount of interest in the classes,” she said. “I know people that are now seniors that have been trying to get into a photography class for the four years they have been here but have not been able to.”

She comments that not only would this be beneficial for art majors, but other students as well. “The program is not nearly as expansive as it should be in order to have a strong presence on campus,” Schonefeld said. “Even areas such as digital art could be developed more and would be of interest to students even outside of the major with so many people interested in advertising and technological fields.” Other than their overall mission, the group has also set some other goals such as creating a better gallery space for students and an outlet for discussion outside the classroom. This year the group has edited its constitution and started the weekly lunch meetings. “We hope to open a dialog about art and give people the chance to form opinions and be aware of issues in art or even just what is going on with art today,” Schonefeld said. “We hope to create a better community for artists to have a place to talk about their art and what they are working on.”

Peter Perdue, a history professor from Yale University, gave a lecture Nov. 17 titled “From the Hills to the Salon: Chinese Tea in the World Market.” It was the third of the Borderlands in World History lecture series hosted by the university and the history department. The guest lecturer has his bacherlor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Harvard University and was a professor at MIT before starting at Yale. He is a recipient of the Edgerton Award and James A. Levitan Prize, as well as an elected member of the Academy of the Arts and Sciences. His research interests lie in modern Chinese and Japanese social and economic history, history of frontiers and world history. He has also written on grain markets in China, agricultural development and environmental history. Perdue’s lecture was dedicated to his new course of study on the role tea has played in Chinese culture, both politically and socially. He originally viewed tea as a product with a peaceful rise, in harmony with the world market and free from geopolitical competition. He soon realized that this was not the case and that the tea market can’t escape politics and violence. Perdue began his studies into tea in China with the spread of the word tea itself, tracing the origination of the word for almost 200 countries to the words ‘cha’ and ‘tu,’ both meaning tea in Chinese. The ‘cha’ is the term for tea in the northern providences and seems to have spread by means of the silk route. While the word ‘tu,’ the word for tea in the southern provinces, appears to have spread with the rise of colonial powers.

Perdue continued on to explain the difference between the black teas that Europeans and Americans typically consume with the green teas that are popular among Chinese consumers. He explained that, in China, black teas are grown and processed for international trade while green teas are often grown and dried for the domestic market. The lecture focused on the major themes in teas: their role in diplomacy as gifts, as a global commodity, as an index of Chinese history and as crop of the southern hills. Perdue specified the Wuyi hills in Fujian and the Yunnan regions as the two major sites of modern day tea production. Historically, Perdue discussed the role that tea played as a bartering tool for the Song Dynasty (960-1279), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qin Dynasty (1636-1911)
to trade for horses with the Mongols to the north. He ultimately classified this trade strategy as a failure since none of the dynasties were able to secure enough horses to resist an invasion. Perdue also discussed the effect that Indian tea production had on the economic slide that China experienced immediately following India’s entry into the tea market. The problem, as Perdue presented it, was that India used a massive plantation style of growing while the Chinese were antedated with a unified small farm style. India had outproduced China in tea exports until 2004. He credits the change to the growing desire for higher quality teas, rather than a cheap alternative. Perdue concluded that tea is deeply embedded in Chinese history and conflict and that it remains an excellent global and domestic product.

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Author details asylum history Award: Sociologist gets honor in field By CeCe Brooks | News editor

The department of romance languages and the department of history hosted an event for well-known Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza on Nov. 13. Garza’s discussion, “The General Insane Asylum La Castañeda from the Future: History and Literature in the Early 20th and Early 21st Centuries in México,” mainly focused on the history of the state asylum La Castañeda in Mexico City and how her research of the institution led to the wirting of her novel Nadie me verá llorar (No One Will See Me Cry). Rivera Garza has taught at many universities in the United States and Mexico. She has just accepted a job to teach at the University of California, San Diego. Brian Price of the romance languages department introduced Rivera Garza saying that she was born in Matamoros, Mexico, received her bachelors degree in sociology from the Unversidad Nacional Autónoma de México, received her doctorate in Latin American history from the University of Houston and has won six important Mexican literary prizes, three of which were for Nadie me verá llorar. Rivera Garza began by showing a picture of an “inmate” from La Castañeda. La Castañeda opened on Sept. 1, 1910 as part of the celebration of 100 years of Mexican independence. She said then President Porfirio Díaz did this as a “mark of civilization.” They wanted to show that Mexico was

sophisticated enough to have their own asylum and to show their dedication to medicine and technology. The Mexican Revolution began two months later in November of 1910. Rivera Garza thinks that many of the inmates from La Castañeda, like children and immigrants, were there simply because they had no other place to go. The institution had a school, a farm and a baseball team. It was divided into sections and subsections. There was a male and female side. Each side has sections for peaceful inmates, epileptics and alcoholics (the male side a much larger section for alcoholics). The more volatile inmate sections were closed off by gates. The institution was dismantled and deconstructed in 1968. Rivera Garza said there is a rumor that an eccentric billionaire bought just the façade of the institution and reconstructed it to cover his mansion and the large parties he had in it. Six hospitals had to be built to replace La Casteñada. As research for her doctorate, Rivera Garza read archived files of inmates from La Castañeda. She said one of the files she read was the inspiration for the main character Matilda in Nadie me verá llorar. After talking about the history of La Catañeda, Rivera Garza read a section of Nadie me verá llorar and then answered questions from the audience. The questions ranged in topic from Mexican history to her writing

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Rivera Garza has won six Mexican literary awards. routine. She explained that the year the institution closed was significant like the year of its opening was, but this time because of great turmoil and tragedy. The most notable event of the year was the Tlatelolco massacre an estimated 200 to 300 demonstrators were killed by the military and armed men. When asked why the issue of insanity appears in so many of her works, Rivera Garza said she writes about the images in her head she cannot explain or rationalize and that she did not even realize that that theme was even in her second novel until a reader pointed it out. Rivera Garza most recently published a collection of short stories titled La frontera más distante.

Divided: Talk examines rhetoric

the institution of sport as a site of contested terrain, specifically between exploitation and opportunities.” As a sociologist studying the human condition and seeing so many African American youth steered toward sport and at the same time being steered away from other viable pursuits, Smith was inspired to write Race, Sport and the American Dream. “In the book I dispel the myth that athletics rather than academics is the route to success for African Americans,” Smith said. “I do this by demonstrating that there are only 1,600 African-American men earning a living playing professional sports, yet there are more than 150,000 African-Americans who earn a living as physicians, lawyers and college professors.” Race, Sport and the American Dream is geared toward the overall reading

public, especially college students in the liberal arts, with the goal of “dismantling the social stereotype that African-Americans are only suited for two things: entertainment (singing and dancing) and athletics.” Smith is currently working on his next book, Sport and Social Theory, which deals with the “highly problematic a-theoretical nature of sport studies.” The book will be released in November 2009 and featured at the 2009 NASSS annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada. According to Smith, readers should expect to learn that “the social and economic sciences have for the most part of the 20th century begun to address the social, economic and political landscape of sport as an institution internationally.” Smith admits that it has not been difficult to find a balance between teaching and writing because he was trained by two great sociologists of the 20th century, Robert K. Merton of Columbia and William Julius Wilson of Harvard/Chicago to “understand the critical symbiotic relationship between teaching and research; this understanding makes achieving balance easy because it focuses on the ways in which teaching and research done well are inextricably linked.”


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South.” The two extremes Zarefsky presented are asymmetrical. Many people, to this day, misour appreciation of Lincoln, but interpreted the meaning of the also yield insight that may help previous quotation. us better deal with our current Lincoln says that the two oppredicament.” Zarefsky does not tions are as follows: further preagree with the common thought venting the spread of slavery, that the famous “House Divid- and placing it in the course of ed” speech predicted a civil war; the public mind for ultimate in fact he believes it says quite extinction, or legalizing slavery the opposite through Lincoln’s in all states, “old as well as new, creative rhetoric. North as well as South”. Zaref“I do not expect the Union to sky is the former president of be dissolved — I do not expect the Rhetoric Society of America the house to fall –– but I do ex- and the National Communicapect it will cease to be divided,” tion Association. Lincoln He is the said in the recipient speech. Zaof numer“Studying this speech ... yield refsky exous honors plained the insight that may help us better i n c l u d i n g deal with our current great risk the WinansLincoln Wichelns predicament.” took by Award for David Zarefsky presenting DistinGuest lecturer this compliguished cated arguScholarship ment. Exin Rhetoplicitly stating that he expects ric and Public Address and the the country to cease being di- Keele Award for outstanding vided is controversial, especially service to the debate communiduring his first senatorial cam- ty. The university’s Great Teachpaign. Lincoln presents the two ers Lecture Series is an annual options: “It will become all one series organized by communicathing or all the other. Either the tion students who are enrolled opponents of slavery, will arrest in the Great Teachers course the further spread of it, and taught by Alessandra Beasley place it where the public mind Von Burg, assistant professor of shall rest in the belief that it is communication. In the course, in the course of ultimate extinc- students conduct in-depth tion; or its advocates will push study of and interact with some it forward, till it shall become of the nation’s top scholars and alike lawful in all States, old as gain un-matchable classroom well as new — North as well as experience.

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nowhere else on Earth. Equivalent in size to Rhode Island, the mountainous rainforest of unpaved and unmarked terrain is a Today Beehler, along with Conservation wonderful target for natural conservation, International and the Indonesian Institute says Beehler. of Science (LIPI), works to protect this Even more, on this island, more than unique biome. After receiving five national 1,000 distinct languages make people and four providential permits, and spend- walking libraries of natural and historiing over 30 hours in the air, Beehler land- cal knowledge. Yet, he says, the indigenes ed in a single-engine Cessna airplane on want what we Americans have; the new the Kwerba airstrip in the foothills of the generations want development and are Foja Mountain range. Beehler had reached becoming less conversant on their history the land of which he had dreamed for 23 and culture. years; a land which even the natives were Such circumstances are what make conprevented from exploring. servation so effortful, says Beehler. BiodiThe Foja Mountains occupy 8,000 hect- versity preservation is more than ensuring ares of unadulterated flora and fauna where the saftey of endangered animals – one the puffy clouds and dewy mists ImagineSqPbw keep blunt must also protect plant species as red 3/13/06 2:44 PM such Page 1 mountain tips cool, damp and shady. Here and white rhododendrons while increasing exist over 200 known species that subsist contentment among the locals.

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Similarly, conservation must be blind to partiality towards the more endearing animals. Those species that do not attract attention, such as frogs and lizards, are equally important to biomic stability. In two weeks, the team of entomologists, ornithologists, lepidopterologists, students and native guides documented more than seventy species that had never been seen before and confirmed many more rare animals. Beehler confessed that with all his efforts, still very little is know of the planet Earth and even less is known of such forgotten places as West Papua and the Foja Mountains. However, while the preservation of these hideaways is important, the conservation of our own corners of paradise is fundamental. “Let me work on the Foja Mountains,” Beehler said, “you work on those special places here.”

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Organization hosts successful Native Americans Five American Indians discuss how their culture has affected their careers and daily lives By Cheryl Johnson | Staff writer The Native American Student Association (NASA), Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Religion and Public Engagement Initiative groups hosted “Native American Voices” on Nov. 14, which celebrated National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The presentation began with “Evening Song,” sung in Cherokee by junior Lucretia Hicks, a Cherokee and founder and president of the new NASA. Immediately following this, the Invocation was said in the native tongue. There were five presenters, Joyce Dugan, Lori Arviso Alvord, Joseph Garcia, Andrew Duff and Chief Michell Hicks, who spoke about their lives and experiences growing up as Native Americans. Dugan began the presentation by saying, “Culture is based on what we do: not what is said.” She explained how there were women called the Gadogees who went to take care of different families when they were in need and how the community was more open with each other and their

needs. Schools were run by the government and the teachers were, on the majority, not too fond of the Native American students. The major turning point in her life was when she attended a new school in Georgia where one teacher changed her whole way of thinking. She went from being a student who did just enough to get by to doing everything she could to shine in the eyes of her peers and teachers. Her teacher had the “no ‘if ’ only ‘when’” mentality and said that helping people is instilled in all of us, but that people cannot do it alone. They need others to help and encourage them every step of the way. Alvord is the first Navajo female surgeon in the United States. She attended Dartmouth at the age of 16. Dartmouth was originally created by the King of England to educate the “savages of the New World,” and it decided to reinstate these principles by recruiting Native Americans to attend the university. Luhan was a Native American surgeon who introduced Alvord to the world of surgery, although he was skeptical that a woman would be able to handle the pressures of the job. Alvord stressed the importance of physical wellness and wellbeing in order to achieve success. Garcia is a Pueblo Indian whose first language is Tay Wa. He started as an electric technician before he joined the military, serving in the Air Force.

He was the Governor of the Pueblo and took such actions as changing the name of the village to represent their Native American heritage instead of Spanish influence and changing the term length of officials in office. His inspiration was his grandfather who always encouraged Garcia to persevere no matter how long it took. The next speaker was Andrew Duff, who is also a Cherokee Indian. When he was about four days old, he was fostered out of his house to live with Margery Duff. After a few years, she legally adopted Andrew but made sure to keep his Native American heritage and roots instilled in him. She taught him to speak positively and affirmatively. Following her advice, he went to work in the government in the Forest Service. His advice is to “always listen to your inner voice. You never know where it can take you.” The final speaker of the evening was Hicks, who is the principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. He was recruited by Dugan to work in the Tribal Government. His major emphasis was on the phrase “Foundation of the company is off the backs of Native people.” The event was initiated by Hicks to educate others about American Indian culture and issues.

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Lor Arviso Alvord, who attended Dartmouth at 16, was the first Navajo female surgeon in the United States.

Tailgate honors graduating class at last home game By Samantha Cernuto | Staff writer

On Nov. 22, the football game against Boston College will be the seniors’ last football game as university students. Ever. To commemorate this memorable day, Student Government is once again sponsoring the Class of the Finest tailgate. The idea of Class of the Finest began as a university effort to give the seniors an unforgettable event at their last home football game. Starting at 1 p.m., the seniors should head over to the tent with a large banner and balloon arc. The first 350 seniors to arrive will receive a free “Wake Forest Seniors” shirt. “This tailgate, now in its third year, is a studentled celebration of this year’s seniors,”

sophomore James Griffin, co-chair of student leaders. This tradition was the committee, said. started by Shannon Philmon, student “As a committee of mostly sopho- body president 2006-2007. mores, we really wanted this tailgate to It was chaired last year by current jube a gift to the seniors from the under- niorsSarah Nick and Jermyn Davis. classmen. We can’t The tailgate has think of a better way now been estabfor seniors to enjoy lished as a sophotheir last tailgate “Students should attend because more gift to the this is the finest tailgate to ever seniors. According than with the company of their friends to Griffin, about be hosted at Grove Stadium” and peers.” 350 seniors came Sarah Nick This tailgate signito the first tailgate SG Chief of Staff fies a tradition that and over 400 came came in with Presilast year. dent Nathan O. They are hoping Hatch’s administration four years ago. for an even larger turnout this year It is an underclassmen gift to the se- now that the reputation of the tailgate nior class, but it is also an extension has been well established. Food and of the administration’s regard for their drinks will be provided compliments

of ARAMARK. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, crab dip, assorted deserts, fruit and cheese plates. Also, alcoholic beverages including beer and wine, as well as non-alcoholic options, will be available. In addition, each senior will be given two free drink tickets. The entertainment will include special guests, great music and a raffle throughout the tailgate of great university gifts and valuables. Student Government Chief of Staff Sarah Nick said, “Students should attend because this is the finest tailgate to ever be hosted at Grove Stadium. Additionally, this is a great tradition and the tent serves as a barrier from pesky ALE!” Sophomore co-chair Margo Warren added, “Seniors should come to this because it is one of their last times to

get together as a class and celebrate their four years here. They can share the memories of the past three and a half years here at Wake as well as look forward to their last semester here on campus.” Griffin said, “A lot of different Wake Forest organizations have put a lot of work into making this the Class of the Finest to remember.” The Class of the Finest Committee would like to thank the sponsorship and assistance they have received from Director of Student Development, Mike Ford, and the Office of Student Development and the Department of Athletics. Also, thanks to Vice President of Student Life Ken Zick, the Broyhill Foundation, Assoc Vice President of Student Life Mary Gerardy and the SAF committee.


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but suffice it to say that we feel that they are working hard to listen to students, more so than we perhaps gave them credit for initially. However, we would like to emphasize two points. One, when students organize an event with SAF funds, they should continue to keep the best interest of all students in mind. Secondly, we think, agreeing with something SG president Jermyn Davis proposed, that the SAF committee should be a more open and transparent group. Students should be entitled to see how their SAF funds are being spent so that everyone involved is held accountable for their decisions. Why is so much secrecy necessary? Note that Kell Wilson, editor in chief, abstains from endorsing this editorial, as she is a member of the SAF committee.

Safe Walk sounds like a great idea


udos to Matt Triplett and Student Government on his recent initiative to start up a Safe Walk Program. It almost goes without saying that safety at our university has become a concern of many students recently, in light of the notable robberies of the past few weeks. We are glad that SG has a response to this. It’s also good that Triplett wants to get student involved in the program. It could give us a chance to show off our own sense of Pro Humanitate by lending a helping hand in keeping our fellow students safe. It could become an established group in the same way that the EMT program is

currently. Although it could be initially difficult to secure enough volunteers, we know that similar programs at similar schools work out well. However, if the promise of a sense of self-satisfaction alone isn’t enough to secure lots of volunteers, which would indeed be a sad fact, then it may be a viable plan to put various incentives in place, such as credit or pay. Another thing we believe should be petitioned by Student Government regarding campus safety is the return of the shuttle to the call system. This, coupled with Safe Walk, could ensure that no student is left alone at night and could cut down on the risk.

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ast week’s editorial (“Do not waste our SAF money,” Nov. 13) was met with a lot of response by various student leaders as well as administrators. We can say that we are actually very pleased with this fact, even if one may assume the opposite. First of all, it means that there are at least a few people out there who take the time to read the newspaper. (After all, we do write our opinion here for a reason). But more importantly, it is reassuring that the people in charge of Student Government and Student Union care enough about what they do and about what their fellow students think that they took the time to meet with us and to write in. We will let you read through their columns in this section to see their exact responses,

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Columnist’s argument about race in elections was flawed and circular

SAF committee is actually a “careful steward” of the funds it distributes

As I read through Josh Binney’s column “Race shouldn’t be a factor in elections” (Nov. 13), it became increasingly clear to me just how truly dizzying his intellect must be — not from any sort of brilliance, but from the circularity of his arguments manifested in his extremely confusing prose. One might expect a writer who is so particular about words — he refuses to refer to Obama as the “President-Elect” until the “Electoral College has bestowed upon him that honor” — to understand the definition of “aesthetic.”  Or maybe he honestly meant to convey that his opposition to Obama’s candidacy was not “concerned or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste.” But poor word choice is not Binney’s only flaw.  He seems to be under the impression that the election must be the result of either concerns about character or color, as if these categories were mutually exclusive, as if one cannot both be proud of Obama as “the nation’s first black president” and also be proud of his character.  He asks the question, “Should it not be self-evident that a hard-working person of any race can rise to our nation’s highest office?” Until this election, however, what Binney takes to be a “self-evident” truth was exactly the opposite.  Surely he does not expect us to believe, in over 200 years of history and 43 presidencies, that this country has never had an African American qualified or capable enough to hold that office until now?  Binney raises the question, “Why must we constantly prove to ourselves — and the weeping Reverend Jackson — that we are a nation of tolerance in which African Americans can live as equals?”  I might raise my own question: “Why must columnists who argue that race shouldn’t be a factor in elections constantly attempt to convince readers that it didn’t play a part in their own personal vote?”  Most telling of all, most selfcondemnatory, is Binney’s own answer to that question: “We don’t.”  And all his claims that race didn’t matter to him, all his trite generalizations of “leaders of the African American community,” his biting reference to Jesse Jackson crying (one might ask what that has to do with anything), his complaints regarding a presidential outcome with which he is obviously quite unhappy, certainly do not convince me otherwise.

I am writing in response to the editorial “Do not waste our SAF money” (Nov. 13). I appreciate the thoughts and concerns behind the article, but I want to correct a basic inaccuracy. You asked why Student Government and Student Union should have to bend to the pressure of the administration to spend their money on a greater number of small events throughout the year, instead of events that you do want. I am not sure how you arrived at this conclusion. In fact, the SAF committee does not plan any events. Instead, it receives requests for funding and thoughtfully allocates funds. The only events that the SAF committee has ever put forward itself have been Wake Invasion busses and Random Acts of Fun. Student organizations, including Student Union and Student Government, submit funding requests. The SAF committee consists of three administrators and seven students (six students are voting members). It was designed so that students would always hold the majority of votes on the committee. The SAF guidelines note that previous funding is not a guarantee of future funding. Each event is evaluated on its own merit. When an event is not well executed or well attended, those facts are given consideration for future funding decisions. The SAF fund has provided students with many events that by all accounts have been very successful — Springfest, Shag on the Mag, the Presidential Ball, Springfest Kickoff Carnival, aWake All Night and numerous large concerts, including O.A.R. the night before your editorial. And yes, the SAF fee has also funded or partially funded some smaller events such as Homecoming, South Campus Lawn Party, Can-I-Poet, Homecoming Bash, Chinese New Year and Wake the Library. These are events that, while smaller in numbers, have been well-received by students. The SAF committee has been a careful steward of SAF funds. The members of the committee are students too, and they have expressed their own desire for big concerts and events. The committee wants to fund as many large events as possible. There is one cautionary note. Attendance can’t be the only criterion of success. You should be assured that the SAF fund is in good hands.

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Mary T. Gerardy Associate Vice President for Student Life Chair, SAF Committee

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“” “It is inexcusable for a member of the police to have caused this case and we plan to deal with it strictly.” - Tsutomu Sato, the head of the National Public Safety Commission in Tokyo, Japan, about a senior police official in charge of arrested drunk drivers who has been arrested for driving under the influence.

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Jogging “victims” had a plan all along Walker Kalan

Old Gold & Black columnist


he latest episode in Wake Forest’s ongoing crime drama featured a masked gunman, two male joggers and one awesomely idiotic plot to skip ROTC practice. The News Service reported that two male students were confronted by an armed robber while jogging at 6:40 a.m. on Nov. 6. The details seemed awfully peculiar. First, why were these kids out jogging so early? Well, maybe they’re just really into themselves, I thought, bitter of my lack of physical motivation. Okay then, what the hell is a mugger doing up at 6:40 in the morning? Well, maybe he really likes crack. Fine, our robber was hopped up and short on cash. This led me to the most damning question: why would this masked mystery-man try to mug joggers? Any self-respecting criminal knows that

joggers are horrible targets. First, they’re hard to catch (I suppose the gun would solve that problem). More importantly, they rarely carry valuables, unless you’re after sweaty frat-letic gear. I wasn’t exactly shocked to hear the entire story was fabricated. Let’s visit the planning stage of this tragically flawed con job: Miscreant 1: ROTC practice sucks, man. You wanna skip? Miscreant 2: We can’t just skip. We need a good excuse … I Got it! We’ll tell them your grandma died! M1: No way dude! What if she actually died? I’d feel kind of guilty. Let’s say your grandma died. M2: No way! I love my grandma, man … Ok, how bout this: we both have pink eye. Or laryngitis. Or the flu. Whatever. We’re sick, so we couldn’t make it. That’s a pretty good excuse. M1: We’ll need notes from student health. M2: S***. Scratch that … Car accident? M1: What if the drill sergeant sees us driving on campus? We’d have to make it look like your car was in a wreck … What if we just say that we forgot to show up and apologize? M2: Dude. Be real. M1: Sorry, I don’t know what I was thinking … how bout this: we tell him we were mugged. The experience was so traumatic there was

no way we could make it. We’ll need therapy. People will feel sorry for us. Think about it. This could even get us laid! M2: I like it! M1: Ok, so we were parking the car in Q and this guy with a knife comes out of nowhere. This dude is crazy! He’s like from the insane asylum or something and he’s waving his knife around and he says “gimme your car or I’ll f***ing gut your ass!” Then I come in and I kick him in the face. But then he gets up and he’s got a gun, and I say to him “listen man, I don’t think you know who you’re messing with.” And then I disarm him and we get the hell outta there. M2: I don’t know man. You think people will buy that? We obviously have to say there were no witnesses. Your scenario makes too much of a scene — there would definitely be witnesses … How bout it’s like 4:00 in the morning so there’s no one on the road, and we’re driving home from the library. This dark van comes up behind us and starts shining its brights. The guy drives up right next to us and he’s pointing a machine gun at us. I do this badass move, like I pull the emergency break and whip the thing around real fast and he flips his van into a ditch and there’s a fiery explosion and the machine gun guy incinerates — that way the authorities can’t identify him; that’s good, ‘cause he doesn’t exist.

M1: I like my story better. M2: Dude, your story sucks. M1: Are you kidding me? My story is sweet. Everyone knows you suck at driving anyway. M2: What if we say we were jogging, like really early in the morning, in that path by Reynolda Gardens. No one ever goes back there, so there definitely wouldn’t be witnesses. We’re jogging and out of nowhere this guy with a ski-mask and a gun pops out of the woods and he’s like “gimme yo money mothaf***a!” And we’re like, ‘sorry dude, can’t you see we’re jogging? We don’t have any money.’ And that way we don’t have to wreck my car, or get a doctor’s note or anything. And everyone will totally feel sorry for us, and we’ll probably get laid. M1: Perfect. So the story went. But the two miscreants didn’t enjoy the storybook ending they had dreamed of. Our scam artists are now looking at criminal charges and disciplinary action from the dean. Maybe they wish they had ridden out the lie. Or maybe coming clean lifted the burden of guilt from their shoulders. One thing’s for sure: I feel sorry for them. As for getting laid, something tells me it wasn’t their lucky day. Walker Kalan is a senior political science major from Winter Park, Fla.

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Notable Quotes | Administrators on the Strategic Plan “Wake Forest is a university in transition. Some of the evidence is physical. We are in the process of completing a campus master plan, which will serve as a template for new residential halls, a new welcome and admissions center, a new recreation center and several academic facilities ... Yet, these physical and administrative changes are a response to something larger happening with our community. We have evolved from a well-respected regional institution into a university of national prominence.” Nathan O. Hatch, Wake Forest University president State of the University Address Oct. 29

“I think the leadership and the board of trustees are very aware of those fundamental qualities that make Wake Forest special. The intimacy of the university, the student centered nature of it; I think those have persisted since the campus was moved here.” Matt Cullinan, vice president of administration Interview Sept. 18

hould the government be involved in education today? Simply put, no. As there is little evidence to suggest that the government effectively administers any wide scale program, it makes little sense to entrust them with the education of children. There is ample evidence to support the fact that a private school, parochial school or home school education is superior to that provided by our local governments. Few parents would not take advantage of one of the above options if they had the means and the ability to do so. Not only is the quality of the deliverable provided by our government-run schools unsatisfactory, but the content of what they often present for our children’s consumption is outrageous. Clearly, there are political and cultural agendas that are being force-fed to students, right under the noses of any parent involved enough to see. Teachers’ unions do nothing to help the situation by fostering a sense of entitlement and a lack of performance metrics for teacher performance. See where this is going? Unions back Democrats. They represent strong voting blocks, and neither will stand strong to do the right thing at the expense of a guaranteed vote. Vouchers scare educators because they allow choice in a system that isn’t available to anyone that doesn’t have money. Funny how the Democrats don’t endorse this kind of choice. They only go for “certain” kinds of choice.

To return to education, the real use of vouchers would empty the desks in most public schools, leaving those teachers’ unions with few students to teach. And then where would they be? Well for sure, their political power would be reduced, and children might actually have a chance to excel in math and science. Maybe they might even be able to write clear, concise paragraphs. Now, there’s an idea. The money that the public schools receive for each student on an annual basis is approximately $10,000. There are many private schools that don’t charge that much per student. Public schools have the money. The issues are fundamentally more systemic that a lack of funding. They simply are in over their proverbial heads! I can’t complete my thoughts on public education in America without mentioning the kinds of things that are no longer included in children’s education. Does anyone remember saying the Pledge of Allegiance each morning? For many schools, this is a no-no now. We can’t have that “under God” language being thrown around any more. And certainly we can’t pray. Even the moment of “silence” intended for students to pray to a God or god of their choice is gone, too! What next? Do we have to take out “endowed by our Creator” from the Declaration of Independence? Anyone been to a Halloween party at a school in the last 10 years? Probably not, since there are only Fall Festivals now. Christmas decorations, oh please, don’t get me started. Teachers can’t even say “Merry Christmas” for goodness sakes! To me, that is unconstitutional. Everyone wants a better education system, yet few are actually willing to stand up and do the right thing. Maggie Van Norden is a sophomore from Atlanta, Ga. Seeking Middle Ground is a weekly faceoff between College Dems and Reps on a given topic.

College football playoffs would be too impractical in reality Greg Banks


Guest columnist

ure, it sounds great in theory. Playoffs in college football would finally give us a legitimate opportunity to decide who is No. 1. College football fans would die to see Ohio State prove themselves against Texas Tech before heading off to play Alabama before finally getting the opportunity to lose in the national championship game (kidding Buckeye fans). Even President-elect Barack Obama agrees, as sports editor Connor Swarbrick pointed out (“Yes we can … create a football playoff,” Nov. 6). Well let me be the first to proclaim that, as president, Obama needs to stick to fixing the economy instead of how to crown a national championship.

First of all, timing and traveling loom as the biggest issues. Because it is unreasonable to expect teams to play more than one game a week, the system would create a format in which the two teams playing in the national championship game would play three weeks in a row. At the surface this doesn’t seem like a big deal. Then you start to think about traveling. Assuming the higher seed gets home field advantage, it means that in order to win a national championship, lower seeds would have to travel three weeks in a row. This could mean that a team like Boise State might have to travel to Penn State one weekend and then turn around and head out to Southern California the next week only to fly to Miami the next

weekend for the title game. Clearly this is a worst case scenario; however, traveling across the country is much different than driving down I-40 to play N.C. State and then Chapel Hill the next week. But wait, March Madness works using neutral sites; shouldn’t that work for college football too? Well, yes and no. It would certainly solve the problem of jetting across the country multiple times, but there are some problems that come up if you put the whole thing at one site. Because the games would only be played once a week, football teams could wind up staying in a hotel for nearly a month if they made it to the championship game. Clearly that isn’t ideal, and that doesn’t even consider how the fans are going to get

off work for a month or travel cross country every weekend. However, the playoff system is not only illogical it would also hurt college football in general. Swarbrick argued that it would not devalue regular season games, however it would. When Texas and Texas Tech squared off in Lubbock, a berth into the national championship might as well have been on the table. Anybody that watched the game can speak for it being one of the best regular season games in recent memory. However, with a playoff system, Texas would still be sitting pretty within the top eight. You cannot tell me that some of what made that game special wouldn’t be lost if the two teams were fighting for a top seed opposed to a bottom seed

instead of a direct road to the national championship. Finally, I don’t believe a playoff system would really decide who the best team in the nation was for the whole year. In fact, no playoff system decides who the best is for the year; they decide who is playing the best at the particular time. Take the NFL playoffs for example. No way can you argue that the New York Giants were the best team for the whole year last year. Instead what their Super Bowl win proved was that they were peaking at the right time when the chinks in the New England Patriots were just beginning to be discovered. The way the BCS system is set up right now ensures that the team that takes away the national title played the best

throughout the whole year, not just in December. Clearly the BCS still has some faults; teams go way too long between their last regular season game and the national championship game. Then there are the disagreements that team A was left out in the cold and should have made it opposed to team B. With occasion tweaking, however, it still exists as the best option we have. Right now, college football is do or die every week, and that’s part of what makes Saturdays so special. So when Obama takes the Oval office and begins to enact this wave of change he has been promising, I personally hope he leaves college football to itself. Greg Banks is a junior chemistry major from Richmond, Va.

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Republicans need to accept President-elect Jacob Bathanti

Old Gold & Black columnist


was lying in the leaves under a tree the Friday after Election Day, thinking about how blue the sky was and about the spare taut poetry of the limbs above my head, when I heard voices. There were two men walking by, their accents red-eye gravy and Lexington barbecue. “I voted for Bev Perdue and Kay Hagan,” said one. “I did, too,” said the other. They considered, in silence, for a moment, fall leaves crunching in the interstices of their politics. “Now, I did vote for McCain/Palin,” the first man said. “So did I,” said the other. They walked on.

It would be easy to spin this conversation any way you wanted — a treatise on the habits of Bluedog Democrats, or a repudiation of socialism, or a lament against racism. Fortunately, these men went on talking: “Of course,” the first man said, “I didn’t vote for Obama, but I think we have to give him a chance. See what he does.” “That’s fair,” said his friend, no racist after all, and I kept looking up through the branches, breathing a long sigh of relief. This, then, really is what the country is looking for — a man who can lead us out of these tough times, no matter his party, his race or his salad preference. In the midst of a profound economic crisis and wartime, Americans really are looking for a leader who can transcend national divisions in doing what’s right for America. Or most Americans are. The Republican National Committee, however, seems to be hunkering down for partisan warfare already, firing the first shots when President-elect

Obama named Illinois Congressman Rahm Emmanuel his White House Chief of Staff. In a press release, the Republican establishment accused Emmanuel (and by extension Obama) of ultrapartisanship, referring to Obama’s “broken promise” and mocking the campaign’s message of change. Emmanuel’s selection is “ironic,” Republican House minority leader John Boehner piously opined, casting the President-elect as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a man who will not govern from the center as he promised, but will veer out to the left. Here’s the trouble, though: Emmanuel is a moderate Democrat, a business-oriented member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition. His reputation as a partisan comes from his acumen for fundraising and his brilliant steering of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where Emmanuel drafted such conservative Democrats as the pro-life football hero Heath Shuler to run, and win, in red districts. This resulted in the Republicans losing control of the legislature in

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2006. Now certainly Emmanuel’s actions have benefited his party. But to say that he’s a brass-knuckles partisan maniac because he tries to help his party win is an asinine statement. In fact, Emanuel is perfectly amenable to cooperation, as folks like South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, no liberal, has attested. The real irony here is a gang of partisans accusing a popular president-elect of partisanship before he can even take office, and it is shameful. The Republican Party, having been repudiated at the polls, is running scared. They fear, and rightly so, irrelevance in 21st Century America. But descending into a scorched-earth party war is no way to continue as a force in your country. The men and women of North Carolina and the United States, even those who didn’t vote for Obama, want and need a sounder economy. They are crying out for relief from health care costs, from the profound insecurity that comes from living in these times. My neighbors, mountain folks who I assure you did not vote for Obama,

want their boys home safe from Iraq, with their bodies and their honor intact. It is the responsibility of those in power to meet these needs. And it is the responsibility of the Republican Party to assume the role of a loyal opposition, a concept that seems all too under-appreciated in the U.S. (see Nancy Pelosi). I am not calling for them to suborn their own ideas and ideals. Innovative solutions will not stem from passive compliance with the wishes of the president. Rather, a spirited and open-minded debate will produce the inspired compromises that good policy is made of. But if the Republicans insist on thoughtless antagonism to the party in power, it will leave the American people parched and pleading in the middle of a partisan desert. And it will doom the Republican Party to a deserved oblivion in the dustbin of history. Jacob Bathanti is a senior history and political science major from Boone, N.C.

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photographs to determine any potential African ancestry. Guest columnist So what am I getting at with this new adies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is insight? The reality is that the notion of probably not the first black president Americans electing Obama as their first black of the United States. Now, before president is highly overrated. If Harding is one starts examining all the presidents’ America’s first black president, it is important photographs, please let me explain. I am to note that he is probably the descendant of sure you are wondering how I could say slaves. It is safe to say that the same cannot be such a thing, especially in the aftermath of true for Obama. the election. In fact, Americans most likely With this perspective in mind, Harding’s voted for the first black president before victory many decades ago is much more many of our grandparents were even born. significant than Obama’s defeat of John Interestingly enough, Warren Harding was McCain. As we all know, racism was a bigger elected president in 1921 and according problem during Harding’s era that it is today. to historian William Chancellor is the One must realize that while Obama is openly great grandson of a black woman. This black, he is not a majority black. Based on means that Harding may be 12 percent our knowledge of Obama, we would be more black, a significant figure accurate stating he is Arab considering he is noticeably rather than black. Many white. Chancellor claimed Americans have allowed The reality is that the that Americans elected Obama’s race to define this notion of Americans electtheir first black president election, which is a complete ing Obama as their first under the one-drop rule shame. People have worsened of race relations. This rule the race issue by highlighting black president is highly states that a person with the fact that Obama is overrated. any trace of African blood the first black president. is classified as black unless Amazingly enough, this hype having alternative non-white is probably all in vain as I ancestry. One must realize that this principle mentioned before. only applies in the United States because of I cannot speak for my colleagues, but I for former institutionalized slavery. In Africa, an one do not base my vote on race. I voted for individual must have pure African blood to be McCain over Obama because of his character, considered black. morals and leadership, not race. Not that So you are probably wondering why long ago, Martin Luther King Jr. espoused this important information has not been on this same concept. Unfortunately, many publicized before. The fact of the matter Americans have failed to grasp the very idea is that Americans do not know for sure if that would end the race issue once and for Harding was black. However, we have reason all. Racism is not a color issue; it is an image to believe that he is black, which makes issue! Why is it that people call African him our nation’s first black president. One Americans blacks instead of the American of the reasons historians know little about citizens that they really are? this president’s ancestry is because Harding The fact of the matter is that we as supporters destroyed most of Chancellor’s Americans have become increasingly biographies on Harding. consumed by image rather than focusing on It is quite possible that these individuals personal virtues. Obama has hyped his image were doing everything in their power to in the same way that Harding probably tried protect his political image. Since the Ku Klux to cover up his image nearly a century ago. Klan was quite powerful during Harding’s While Americans have likely and presidency, he would not have wanted unknowingly elected their second black the public to discover his possible African president, this country needs to make progress ancestry. While we do not definitively know because not that much has changed since the if Harding is black, blood tests may one day days of Warren Harding. shed light on this issue. In the meantime, I would encourage one to study Harding’s Ben Comer is a sophomore from Medford, N.J.


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’08 brings historic change Jameal Addison


Guest columnist

he year 2008 has ushered in a multitude of historic events. Americans and many other global citizens have been fortunate enough to bear witness to significant happenings around the world. From the largest national financial meltdown of the century to an amazing presidential election, to the launching of a particle separator (that many people believed — and admittedly myself included — would end the world), I know that I speak for countless people when I say that I feel fortunate to live in time where history is being made and the rates of political and social efficacy of all members of society are on the rise. It is my belief that we are a part of a momentous time in our American history in which we are breathing new life into the democratic theory and all the things that our forefathers believed that it represented. Citizens of America are beginning to realize that our politicians should be held accountable for their actions and we should

have a government that is run for people whose actions are dictated by the people. Not only have Americans been more upfront about their political preferences, we have also made great strides in breaking socioeconomic and racial barriers. It was only a few months ago, while studying abroad, that I began to question what it means to be an AfricanAmerican. I found myself torn between feeling anxious and excited about the impending elections and the changes that it would bring and being livid about recurring instances of prejudice and blatant racism in America that I read about everyday. I wanted so many others to feel the confusion that I felt about being a member of a society that was not made for me. I remember sharing my feelings with my host mother in Spain and I realized that like her, there were people all over the world who felt marginalized by their race, religion and socio-economic status. I came to the conclusion — like so many others have — that I cannot change the past, but I can make sure that the seeds of racial and political inequality on which this country was

founded find themselves playing an ever-diminishing role in my life and the lives of my descendants. This year has been quite a learning experience for me. As an African-American female, I am extremely proud of the progress that our nation has made to be able to even consider a female and (and, more progressively, elect) an African-American male for the presidency. However, I think that it is important to recognize there is still much work to be done to even the playing field for minorities in this country. We, as Wake Forest students, cannot just accept the world as it is. In the spirit of our motto, Pro Humanitate, we must recognize that we have a moral duty as educated and enlightened citizens to stand up for justice, to contest the status quo and to leave our respective local and global communities in better conditions than we found them. As the year comes to a close, I hope that we can all say that we have begun to do just that. Jameal Addison is a senior sociology major from WinstonSalem, N.C.

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Our SAF funds are utilized to the fullest Jermyn Davis

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he editorial “Do not waste our SAF money” (Nov. 13) highlights many opinions that are held by our student body about Student Activity Fees (SAF) allocations. But many of these opinions are founded on misconceptions. The article initially claims that the events during Homecoming are put on because campus groups like Student Government (SG) and Student Union are pressured by the university administration, and, as a consequence, those groups do not listen to the students’ wishes. To clarify, SG has never, and will never, bend to pressure from the university administration if we do not think it is right for students or in line with their needs. We were not

elected by the administration nor were we elected to be an extension of the administration. The events at Homecoming, specifically the Homecoming Bash (iBash), were planned because we were listening to the students’ requests. When I campaigned last year for president and then later went to every organization on campus with other newly elected executives to gauge their needs, two of the main issues we heard were (1) the want for bigger bands/artists on campus and (2) the want for more social activities, specifically parties, so that the Greek community would not be the only social entity on campus. As a result of the second request, SG planned the Homecoming Bash. As the article mentioned, during Homecoming many Greek organizations have gatherings for their alumni; however, we wanted to have an event that gave all students something to do, independent of any Greek affiliation. That is not to say that we did not want the Greek community to come out as well. We wanted all students to be welcome and there definitely was participation from the Greek commu-

nity at the event. The article last week also questioned the success of the Homecoming Bash. With more than 600 students attending the event, I think it was a huge success, especially considering it was the first year of the event. Recent alumni who attended the event also thought the event went well. One alumnus sent me an e-mail saying, “I must say that I was very impressed with the event at Millennium. Way to go with everything and I propose that this become a new campus tradition.” Though I personally think the Homecoming Bash was very successful, numbers cannot be the only way we judge the success of an event. While I am glad O.A.R. came and Third Eye Blind is coming, there are students at the university who don’t know a thing about O.A.R. or Third Eye Blind. These students also pay their $100 each year for the SAF funds so other events that cover their interests must be created and funded by SAF. Overall, no matter how big the band is, there will be a lot of unhappy students. In the past, the smaller events

have been extremely successful, such as Can-I-Poet and Wake the Library, and are a testament to the fact that these events are worth funding. The request for bigger bands is also an issue that many are having with campus social activities. Within a week of being elected, I wanted to address this common issue and so met with Kathy Arnett, staff advisor of Student Union, and asked why we do not have bigger bands. She gave two main reasons. First, the logistics and size of Wait Chapel cause many artists to reject offers due to the restriction of hanging lights and the small capacity of 2,000 seats. Second, the Jay Zs and Dave Matthews of the music industry cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000. That is more money than we even generate in SAF fees. Many students look at other schools like Vanderbilt and say, “Last year Vanderbilt had Kanye West. Why can’t we?” What many of us don’t realize is that Vanderbilt students pay much more for their equivalent of SAF funds, totaling at about $2,300,000, which is significantly greater than the $400,000 that is al-

located at Wake. That is why we cannot afford to have these big bands, in addition to the logistical restrictions of our venue. SG is looking at possibly recommending an increase in SAF fees in order to get bigger and better bands; however, we do not want to make that decision without careful input from all students. So, please be on the lookout for more information regarding a proposed change and please do not hesitate to contact me with any problems or concerns you might have with SAF. In trying to be as open as possible with the student body, I take it upon myself as a member of SAF and as SG President, to be the primary voice of students on the SAF committee. We are working as hard as we can to improve campus life for all students, but we need your input. Please take advantage of the opportunities to voice your opinions, ask any questions or simply to get more information on a subject. We can’t operate effectively without your help. Jermyn Davis is a junior Chinese and political science major from Riverdale, Ga.

Student Union has difficult job of pleasing everyone Mariah Baxter Guest columnist


he editorial “Do not waste our SAF money” (Nov. 13) revealed many misconceptions about how SAF money is used by Student Union. The article claimed that we are being pressured by the administration to use our SAF money toward a larger number of small events as opposed to one large event. While Student Union plans several events a week of varying sizes, we only apply to the SAF committee for our large events, which include large scale concerts, Shag on the Mag and our biannual aWake All Nights. Given the fact that these events receive huge participation from the student body, I find it hard to see them as a waste of SAF money or “under-attended let-downs.” The article also claimed that the events that are funded by SAF are not the events that students want and that a big-name or even mediumnamed concert would be more in line with

students’ wishes. I am baffled by this statement considering Student Union brought O.A.R. to Wait Chapel for a packed show just last Wednesday, and we have just received confirmation that Third Eye Blind will be coming on March 25 for Springfest. Considering this is the first time in several years that we are having two large scale concerts in a year, it is hard to understand the sentiment that we are failing to listen to students’ requests for more concerts. The process of bringing a band to campus is a complicated one, and it is often misunderstood. It is not as simple as choosing the band and setting a date. The band has to be touring, coming to our area and in our price range. For this reason, we often do not get our first choice artist. In the past we have put up polls on The Student to gauge student interest in particular bands. However, just because a band “wins” the poll does not mean that they will accept our offer. So, although we try very hard to listen to student input, there are so many factors that go

into bringing a band to campus that it is often a difficult task. We would also like to emphadifficult to give students their first choice. size how expensive concerts are. Student Union I would also disagree that the caliber of bands never breaks even on a major concert and your we are bringing is in any way fifteen dollar ticket goes to comsub par. The bands that we have pensate for the high cost of such brought over the last few years an event. The process of bringing have been very comparable to We have heard from some stua band to campus is a schools that are similar to us in dents that they would be willing complicated one, and it is size. to pay more for a bigger-name Due to the logistical chaland from others that they are often misunderstood. It is lenges that Wait Chapel presents not as simple as choosing upset that they have to pay at all. including its small size, many Student Union works very hard a band and setting a date. larger named artists are unwillto keep ticket prices low while ing to play there. Student Union bringing in great acts. has considered holding an We are absolutely in support of off-campus concert; however, the risks associated using SAF money toward large scale, memorable with a larger venue are enormous. events for the entire student body, and we will We would need to sell out and, in order to do continue to use any SAF money we receive in so, we would need immense support from the that manner. Winston-Salem community. Finding a band that would draw both Wake Mariah Baxter is a senior biology major from Forest students and community members poses Boxborough, Mass.             

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{ NATIONAL STAGE } Lolo Jones Humanitarian Athlete of the Year USA Track & Field has named U.S. Olympian and World Indoor hurdling champion Lolo Jones Visa Humanitarian Athlete of the Year. Jones, who in 2008 made significant contributions to flood victims in her native Iowa, will be honored at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Reno, Nev. On the track, she won the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore., but she suffered disappointment at the Olympic Games in Beijing when she hit the penultimate hurdle in the final while leading. Her wind-assisted 12.29 seconds at the Trials equaled the second-fastest time ever run under any conditions and Jones celebrated her July 6 victory by donating her $4,000 in prize money to a fund assisting Renee Trout, a single mother from Cedar Rapids, Ia., who was a victim of the floods that hit the state in the previous month. Jones’ sponsors each matched the athlete’s $4,000, bringing the total donation to $12,000. In naming the 26-year-old Visa Humanitarian of the Year, USATF also recognized Jones’s donation of $3,000 to her old high school in Des Moines, Ia. Jones donated the money to repair the school’s track and buy hurdles. At the Drake Relays meet in the city last April, Jones also gave each girl on the Theodore Roosevelt track team a pair of spikes.



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{ DEAC OF THE WEEK } Sophomore guard Jeff Teague was named to the 76 Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 22.3 points and 5.3 assists per game during the tournament. The Indianapolis, Ind., native is leading the team in minutes played for the Deacs. He is also leading the team in points per game with 21 and field goal percentage. He is shooting .808. Teague is also leading the team in assists with 30. The 6-feetTeague 2-inches guard played in all 30 games last season and started in 21 of the contests. Teague avearged13.9 points per game as the shooting guard. He was named to the ACC All-Freshman team and received votes for ACC Rookie of the Year.


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The No. 1–seeded Demon Deacon men’s soccer team escaped with an overtime victory against William & Mary in their second round NCAA tournament game before blowing out Dartmouth in the third round. Next up for the Deacs is a quarterfinal match against the University of South Florida Saturday, Dec. 6 for a chance to play in the 2008 College Cup in Frisco, Texas. Wake Forest scored early and often in their Nov. 30 third round match against Dartmouth resulting in a 7-0 shutout win in Spry Stadium. The seven goals scored in the game broke the school record for most goals in a single season and surprised Head Coach Jay Vidovich. “It was a shock,” Vidovich said. “At the same time, I think it shows what we’re capable of doing. We hadn’t really found that form for a while, but today things were clicking and guys were working for one another. It’s great to rebound, especially after the last two games. I think we’re in a good place right now.” The Deacons have scored 76 goals, bettering the 1983 mark of 70 goals. Despite field conditions that made it difficult for players to keep their footing, Wake Forest had no trouble finding the back of the net, scoring seven goals, a new school record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game. “Coach (Vidovich) sets the field up to make it extra wet so that we’re used to playing on different surfaces and in different conditions,” senior Marcus Tracy said. “Particularly, in areas that are dangerous spots on the field, such as the defensive third and the middle third of the field. He teaches us to chop our feet and things like that. We work on it in practice and try to get used to the conditions and apply it to

the game like we did today.” Wake Forest also set a new school record for most goals in an NCAA Tournament game and most points with 21 and equaled the school record in assists. Junior forwards Cody Arnoux and Zack Schilawski each scored two goals in the game. Arnoux scored his 16th and 17th goals of the year. Schilawski tallied two goals in a game for the third time this season and added an assist. Tracy assisted on two goals in the match. Sophomore midfielder Corben Bone fired a shot from the left side of the 18-yard box in the seventh minute that found the back of the net. The ball hit off the inside of the right post and went into the net. With only a minute left in the first half, Wake Forest made it 2-0 when senior captain Sam Cronin fired one of his signature long shots into the 18-yard box that found the hand of Dartmouth’s Pumi Maqubela, setting up a penalty kick attempt. Vidovich chose Cronin to take the kick, and he converted, sending a soft shot into the right side of the net. In the 50th, Tracy played a cross that found Arnoux in front of the goal, near the left post. Arnoux tapped the ball into the net to make the score 3-0. Schilawski scored in the 62nd minute off of a Tracy assist. Arnoux notched his second goal in the 68th minute. Schilawski crossed the ball to Arnoux near the left post. Arnoux shot the ball into the upper right hand side of the net to extend the lead to 5-0. Freshman Luke Norman scored at the 83:26 mark and just 44 seconds later Schilawski scored the seventh and final goal. “I’m very proud of our performance today in these conditions,” Vidovich said after the team’s victory. “It’s certainly not suited to our style of play, but our guys did an unbelievable job of adapting to it. It was a tremendous effort against a very organized team with very good players.” The team’s opening NCAA game was not nearly as easy. It took an overtime goal from Arnoux to advance past William & Mary to play Dartmouth. The Deacons and the Tribe played 90 scoreless minutes of regulation soccer. In the 95th minute, Tracy played a pass to Arnoux on the right side of

Meet: Ben By Kimberly Paschall | Contributing writer If you think balancing academics and extracurricular activities at the university is difficult, you don’t know the half of it until you’ve met Ben Wooster. Wooster, redshirt junior and tight end for the Wake Forest football team, has a list of accomplishments any student would envy. In the midst of 20 hours of practice a week, Wooster finds time to serve on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, volunteer at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and maintain an impressive grade point average that has kept him in the top 35 percent of his class as a pre-med Health and Exercise Science major. “He is the perfect example of a well–rounded Wake Forest student athlete,” Julie Griffin, the university’s CHAMPS LifeSkills Coordinator for Student Athlete Services and advisor to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, said. Born in southern California, Wooster grew up in Scottsdale, Ariz., and moved to Georgia, outside of Atlanta, his junior year of high school. He comes to the university from Greater Atlanta Christian School and played for the same football program as former Wake Forest football running back Micah Andrews. Wooster has an extraordinary presence on campus. At 6-feet-5-inches, 235 pounds, he is recognizable even without the jersey and helmet. Just wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans, it is easy to pick him out as an athlete. His jaw is square, his shoulders broad and his hair just long enough that it would peak out from underneath a helmet. His stature is striking; better suited to be running around on the turf than sitting inside. When he is on the turf, he is hard to miss. One of the tallest guys on the squad, he picks passes from redshirt senior quarterback Riley Skinner out of the air with a grace that is surprising from a player his size. It doesn’t hurt his ability to be noticed that he has pulled in two of those passes this year for touchdowns in Wake Forest wins over Baylor and Virginia. Wooster is even getting recognized by people at the pro level. Wooster is ranked 18th among the 101 tight ends on the 2010 Scout Report by Frank Cooney, Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and founder of the SportsXchange Publishing Company. In fact, everyone who walks in to Shorty’s seems to recognize him. A handful of guys want to shake his hand, ask him for a moment to talk. He promises to meet up with them after practice, giving away moments of his already jam packed day. Teachers, volunteer organizations, coaches and friends all vie for Wooster’s time and talents. So what is it that motivates Wooster to be so involved? Out of all of his activities, what does he love the most? And when he comes to the end of his Wake Forest football career

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Senior Michael Lahoud rises for a header in a game earlier this season. the box. Arnoux’s shot from just inside the six-yard box trickled past the keeper and into the left side of the net to give Wake Forest a 1-0 win. The Deacons outshot the Tribe 22-6 and held an advantage in corner kicks 6-1. The Deacs experienced a scare in the 64th minute when junior goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald left the game with vision trouble after a collision with a Tribe player. Freshman goalkeeper Doug Ryan stepped in and made one save in his 31 minutes of action. USF advanced to the quarterfinals after a 3-1 win in penalty-kicks over UNC-Greensboro.

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Giving Back Wooster’s choice of role model, his father Ed Wooster, sheds light on his heart for service. “My dad is a good provider for the family, he balances business and family life really well, and he is a godly man,” Wooster said. Wooster brought that same attitude to the university, by volunteering for programs like the Make-AWish Foundation, Santa’s Helpers and Hurricane Katrina Relief. “If I call on him to do something, if he has the time he will do it,” Griffin said. “Which is amazing because he doesn’t have much time.” When asked what his greatest accomplishment has been, Wooster cannot immediately recall one. He is humble. He could easily cite that he is a starting tight end or that he has earned career 209 yards receiving or caught three touchdown passes in nine games on the field for Wake Forest. His actual answer, none of the above. “I guess I’d say I’m in Omicron Delta Kappa (a national leadership society) and that was a great compliment,” Wooster said. Wooster also won the Top 6 for Service, an award given to the six Wake Forest Student Athletes who have given the most time back to the community, in both of the last two years. “I just can’t say enough good things about Ben because he does it the right way,” Griffin said. “He gets the big picture.”

Med School Motivated To excel academically at the university is difficult. To excel as a pre-med student in Health and Exercise Science is very difficult. But for Wooster to excel in that major while also balancing football and community service seems downright impossible. “Ben is a team leader and a role model because he is one of the smartest guys out there,” Wake Forest tight end and quarterback coach Tom Elrod said. “He very rarely makes a B. The guys respect him for that.” However, it has not been a cake walk for Wooster by any means. Playing football for over 20 hours every week is like having a part–time job, so the balancing act is crucial. “I wanted an academically rigorous program,” Wooster said of the university. “The difficult part is definitely time management. Trying to fit (practice) in with class and studying, it can be a problem to catch back up.”

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By Jeff Merski | Guest writer

This week brings us to the 10th anniversary of a hallowed college basketball tradition, the ACC Big We Can’t Count to Eleven Conference Slaughter (or, as my co-workers would prefer me to call it, the ACC Big Ten Challenge). And while this year actually appears to be competitive, all I need to do is remind myself that the ACC has never lost this “challenge” – in fact, ACC teams win nearly twice as often as the Big Ten (er . . . Eleven) wins a game. OK, so the ACC has proven to be supreme against the Big Ten in men’s hoops. You can’t really argue the point. But, what if we expand the challenge to football? I currently live in Minnesota, and I’m the lone ACC guy on my team at my office – pretty much everyone else went to (or pulls for) a Big Ten school. Thus, when Monday mornings have rolled around this past semester, all the talk is on how their teams did that weekend – and should Wake Forest have celebrated a victory, I’m met with a “psh, you guys play in the ACC.” As in ACC – A Crappy Conference. Thus, I’d love to meet up with the Big Ten on the gridiron in an annual battle. Take our top 11 teams, line them up with the Big Ten’s teams that finished in the same place the previous year, and square off for 60 minutes. As it stands right now, the Big Ten has one really good team (Penn State), one very good team (Ohio State) and then it drops off reasonably fast from there. The ACC, despite not having one really good team (or very good team, for that matter), has a bunch of very solid teams that could hold their own with pretty much every major team out there, save maybe the elites such as USC, Florida and the Big XII South trio of Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech. Earlier this season, the ACC was the butt of several jokes – that the conference didn’t even deserve its automatic bid to a BCS bowl game. Well, over the course of the season, those jokes have more or less stopped. In fact, according to Jeff Sagarin’s computer rankings, the ACC is the top conference in the country. Most ACC schools already play a team from the SEC on a yearly basis. Why not add a new rivalry in for the ACC – it can only raise the conference’s stature around the country should the ACC take care of business against its Big Ten brethren. I know it’s not reasonable to think about doing this for a while – due to the long-term contracts schools sign with each other for football games. But, maybe down the line, we can get this tradition extended to football. Ten years is a long time away and a lot can happen in that time, but why not take a chance?





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By Connor Swarbrick | Sports editor On how he decided to come to Wake: One of the reasons why I decided to come to Wake was mainly because of the people and the camaraderie of the team and the friendships that I saw team members had made. It’s not an individual team. Everybody plays collectively, and I could tell that on my visit here. On taking a PK: When I’m taking a PK, I normally just go up there and I try not to think about anything except where I’m going to shoot it. I have a spot picked out in my mind, and I concentrate on that spot and nothing else around me and hopefully it goes in.

Former Deacon soccer player recalled to U.S. National Team Former Wake Forest soccer player Michael Parkhurst was recalled by the U.S. Men’s National Team and played in the World Cup qualifier against Guatemala Nov. 18. Parkhurst has made three appearances with the U.S. National Team and recently won the MLS Fair Play Award for the second straight year. He last played for the national team on Jan. 20, in the United States’ 2-0 victory over Sweden. Parkhurst represented his country this past summer in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Named as one of three overage players by Head Coach Peter Nowak, Parkhurst played all 270 minutes in the Olympics.

On how he got involved in soccer: Whenever I was real little, I played basketball, baseball and soccer just like every other kid. And I just kept on going – and eventually I just stuck with soccer. On the most satisfying way to score a goal: My favorite goal is probably a long distance shot, from far out. Those are pretty exciting and I get pretty psyched about them. On this season’s goals: The goals for the season were to win the ACC regular season championship and then the NCAA Championship. So far we have won the ACC regular season and we just missed out on the ACC Tournament Championship, but

Ever since sophomore Corben Bone stepped onto Spry Stadium field last season as a freshman, he’s been making big plays and contributing to the Deacons’ incredible, unprecedented success the last two years. This postseason, his plans are no different.

now we get to go after the big one, so hopefully we’ll achieve that goal. On playing another sport: I would probably play basketball. I like the game, I like the way it’s quick and fast. On playing a pick up game with anyone: I’d probably play with this guy named George Best. He’s pretty old, but I’ve watched a lot of tape on him, I’ve done a presentation on him and I really like the way he plays. On pregame rituals: I love listening to music. I listen to music a lot and try to get in the mindset of the game.

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Men’s basketball signs two toprated recruits

Lady Deac playing for U.S. U-20 National Team

Guard C.J. Harris (from Winston-Salem, N.C.) and forward Ari Stewart (from Marietta, Ga.) signed their official commitments to join the Demon Deacon basketball team next season. Harris is rated by ESPN as the No. 16 point guard in the class of 2009. Rivals lists Harris as the No. 25 point guard in the class, while Scout has him as the No. 26 shooting guard. Stewart, who averaged 16 points and eight rebounds per game last year, is a 6-7, 190-pound forward and is rated by Rivals as the No. 53 overall prospect and the No. 11 small forward in the class of 2009.

Junior defender Kaley Fountain and the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team opened group play in the 2008 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Chile Nov. 19 against France. Every U.S. game during the U-20 World Cup, will be shown live on ESPN2. The U.S. will face Argentina in group play at 10 a.m. (ET) on Friday, Nov. 21 and closes out group competition against China at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 Fountain is one of six defenders on the U.S. squad.

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NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regionals at Tanglewood Park hosted by Wake Forest By Jordan Griesbeck | Staff writer

Anna Nosenko 21st Greg Billington 52nd Wake Forest hosted the 2008 NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regionals Saturday, Nov. 15 at Tanglewood Park in Clemmonsville, N.C., as a crowd of nearly 1,900 people watched teams from around the Southeast compete for spots in the NCAA Championships. Though the Wake Forest men did not run a full squad, they were impressive nonetheless. “On the men’s side, they ran well and did a great job out there for what we had. (Sophomore) Greg Billington composed himself and learned a lot and really had a nice race. Paul Loeser also did well for a freshman,” Head Coach Annie Bennett said. “We’re excited to see what the future has to hold for these guys.” Billington paced the men, running the 10k course in a time of 32:14. His 52nd place Kieffer finish was the highest of Wake men for the second straight year. Billington will continue to lead the team along with Loeser in the coming years. Running in his last career cross country race, senior Zach Hines finished in 36:39. ACC Rookie of the Year Anna Nosenko led the way for the women, finishing the 6k race at 21:37. Her 21st place finish was quickly followed by sophomore Marley Burns, who ran 21:39 and finished in 23rd. Not far behind were freshman Dina Nosenko and redshirt senior Merry Placer. They finished in 38th and 48th, respectively. Sophomore Caitlin Crawford and freshman Laura Rapp rounded out the Deacons in 142nd and 154th place. “Unfortunately for the women, we lost our No. 1 runner all year,” Bennett said. “We’ve been really consistent all season so it’s very sad that we’re not going to the NCAA Championships. But overall, I was pleased with the effort of our main group. We’ve just got some more work to do.” Thankfully for the women, there is a lot of young talent to work with. The Demon Deacons will return six of their top seven women from the season — including All-ACC junior Allie Kieffer — and will look to improve on their third place finish in the ACC and 11th place finish in the Southeast Regional. The men are just as young, losing only two seniors, and Billington and Loeser will lead a squad that can only improve through the indoor and outdoor track seasons and into next year.

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Junior forward Sarah Winslow dribbles the ball in a home game this year against the Titans. Winslow scored five goals this season and had three assists for the Deacons. By Gary Pasqualicchio | Staff writer

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On Nov. 14, the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer tournament began at Spry Stadium with the Deacons playing host. After a bitter 1-0 loss to the University of Connecticut in the second round of last year’s NCAA Tournament, the No. 23 Wake Forest Lady Deacons wanted to make this year’s tournament a special one. Competing in the tournament for the 13th year in a row, the Lady Deacs (12-7-0) were awarded the third seed in their region, which includes fellow soccer powers No. 2-seed Portland, No. 4 Oklahoma State, Texas, Denver and No. 1 Stanford. In the first round, Wake Forest drew the Eagles of Morehead State, a school of about 9,000 in Morehead, K.Y., who made their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles (9-8-3, 4-2-2) earned the berth with a 1-0 victory over Tennessee Martin in the Ohio Valley Conference title game for their first conference championship in program history. The meeting between the Deacs and the Eagles was the first between these two teams in women’s soccer. The Deacons hosted the first two rounds of the tournament at Spry Stadium for the first time since 2006 and the fourth in program history. The other first round matchup was between Georgia and James Madison with James Madison winning by a score of 1-0. Looking to extend their NCAA first round winning streak to three games, the Deacs got off to a quick start controlling the ball in Eagle territory for the first seven minutes of play. Morehead State got the first chances of the game when an early corner kick was blocked by junior keeper Laura Morse (making her fourth

NCAA tournament start) and a breakaway shot by Kimmie Beiting was scooped up by Morse for her second of five saves of the afternoon. Junior Jill Hutchinson got a good look at the net with 35 minutes left in the half but shot it wide in the Deacs’ first good chance of the afternoon. Things got chippy when senior captain Amy Smerdzinksi was shoved to the ground by a Morehead State defender. Despite the no-call, the Eagles would record the first four fouls of the contest with a clear intention to play physical and try to grind out a win. Junior Allie Sadow just missed a goal wide of the left post at the 23 minute mark and a following header by Hutchinson was saved low by Morehead keeper Lily Meisner, who finished wiih five on the day. Finally, the Deacs struck pay dirt when Hutchinson ran under a long pass from sophomore Bianca D’Agostino and fired the shot left past Meisner to give the Deacs a 1-0 lead. The goal was the first of Hutchinson’s NCAA Tournament career. A couple of missed Wake Forest opportunities on corner kicks and a free kick kept the score at 1-0 going into the half. Wake Forest led the way with 10 shots at the half. Morehead State had six, four of which were saved by Morse. Morehead’s physical play led to six fouls compared to three on the Deacs. Looking to tack on to that one goal lead, the Deacs came out strong to start the second half, controlling the ball early in an effort reminiscent of the first half. Hutchinson, looking for her second goal of the day, hit the crossbar early in the half. That could have been a turning point in the game if not for an excellent play by Morse. With a breakaway three-on-one after the crossbar hit, Morehead State’s Erin Adams had a clear look at the net. Morse came out of the goal, charged the ball and deflected it just wide right with her foot. A hustle play by Smerdzinski with a block and clear at the 63 minute mark and a tack-on goal

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By Steven Johns | Staff writer As the fall drifts away and the cold winter approaches, the Wake Forest faculty and staff swim team continues to swim. The team was created in August 2007 by four faculty and staff members and aquatics coordinator Jessica Finnerty. Since then, the team has collected 11 members of the Wake Forest faculty and staff and is continuing to grow. “I am always looking to expand the roster. I think it would be great to gain as many fac/staff as possible,” Finnerty said. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7-8 a.m. the team takes to the pool to practice their different strokes and to enjoy swimming. The team, officially known as the Demon Masters, is part of USA Swimming and competes in meets when it is convenient for the team members. The Demon Masters have competed in two meets in their short history, one at Duke April 2008 and one at the N.C. State game in July 2008. The team will compete in more meets this coming January and will be competing against teams from an assortment of universities. The four original swimmers, Associate Professor of Pathology Tim Kute, Associate Professor of Physics Greg Cook, Software Programmer/Analyst Amy Lamy and Professor of Psychology Christy Buchanan, are leading the team and swimming strong. Of the 11 members of the team, Cook and Kute are considered the best swimmers, competing in every meet and in most events. Kute currently holds the Senior Games record in the 50 meter backstroke and the 200 Individual Medley. Finnerty, coach of the faculty and staff swim team, has reached out to an assortment of Wake Forest departments to assemble her 11 member team. Among other departments, Finnerty has acquired two swimmers from the health and exercise department, a Classical language professor and the head and assistant head of the information technology department in the library.

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Five members of the faculty and staff swim team pose for a photo. The team is in its second year after its creation last August. “You don’t have to be a competitive swimmer to join,” Finnerty said. “We have several swimmers who just do this for fun, don’t compete and a few of them are getting back into swimming after taking a 20 year break.”

The Demon Masters is a year round swim team that gives Wake Forest faculty and staff members the opportunity to enjoy swimming with their co-workers. It is not necessary for all of the team to participate in the meets, but for those with a competitive fire they are fun.

by junior Bess Harrington, assisted by Hutchinson, would lead to the final score of 2-0 Wake Forest. With the win, Wake improved their all-time record in the first round of the NCAAs to 5-6 including 4-1 at home. However, the challenge had just begun with a tough James Madison squad up next in the second round, where the Deacs had only won once in their history. Wake came out firing Nov. 16 against James Madison, outshooting them and arguably outplaying them in the first half. However, neither team could find the net, which led to a 0-0 tied score. The second half largely took on the shape of the first, with Wake’s missed chances but still no score. Finally, James Madison’s Lindsey Bowers score the first, and only, goal of the day, heading in a pass from two of her teammates past Morse to give Madison a 1-0 win. Wake out shot the Dukes 16-9 on the day with a 7-3 edge in corner kicks but just could not get anything past keeper Diane Wszalek, who had three saves and a shutout victory. The 2008 season was a successful one for Coach Tony da Luz’s squad who matched last season’s win total with 13 and again advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Hutchinson posted the fifth most goals (10), assists (7) and points (27) for a Deacon in a single-season ever and the second most shots (80). Morse’s seven shutouts on the year were the third most in a single-season and her 1.01 goals against average was the fifth. This young team will miss the veteran leadership of departing seniors Whitney Berry, Christy Carter, Kristina Hanley, Amanda Lebo and Amy Smerdzinski. Smerdzinki finished her career with 86 games played, second in school history, and was named second team All-ACC. However, the Deacs will return seven of their top eight scorers and both goalkeepers in what looks to be an even more promising season next fall.

Intramurals Playoffs are in full swing once again in both Reynolds Gym and outside on the frozen tundra that is Watertower Field. That being said, please keep in mind that sportsmanship still matters! Individuals whose teams are losing games and decide that this small fact gives them license to become extra physical, whether that be toward opposing teams or intramural equipment, must recognize still that this is unacceptable behavior and that intramural sports are a year-long activity, and your poor sportsmanship will absolutely carry consequences into the third session. Also, one more reminder: Dodgeball playoffs will take place in Reynolds Gym 403A. They will no longer be held outdoors on the Collins basketball courts. Games will be a best of seven series, with four minute periods. In addition to this, there has been one more change in rules. For the sake of playing dodgeball the way that it is meant to be played (i.e. the way they play it in the Ben Stiller movie), the half-court shot will now be a mandatory installment into all games. This rule is in effect now because teams were previously declining the half-court shot, gaining a small numbers advantage, and rolling the balls back with the intention of waiting for the clock to run out as their strategy to win the game. Clearly, this is not the way that this recreational intramural game was ever intended to be played, and we hope that this new rule will restore integrity to the game. Third session sign-ups for basketball, indoor soccer and inner tube water polo begin Monday, Nov. 24, and will run until Friday, Dec. 5. Cost for teams is $50, except inner tube water polo, which is $35, and you can sign up and pay in Reynolds Gym 204A. Soccer official of the week: Josh Adams Volleyball official of the week: Hannah Bredenbeckcorp Information compiled by Brett Noble

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Wake defeated by N.C. State on the road 17-21

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A Wake Forest player tackles a Cavalier in the last home game on Nov. 8. The Deacs traveled to N.C. State Nov. 15 and lost in a disappointing game, 21-17. Next, the Deacons will host Boston College in their last ACC game of the year on Nov. 22. By Matt Six | Staff writer

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After opening the season with two consecutive road wins, Wake Forest dropped its third straight road game at N.C. State 21-17 in a windy and rainy Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday, Nov. 15. Sophomore wide receiver Marshall Williams caught seven passes for 116 yards, his first time eclipsing the 100-yard mark. Of those 116 yards, 68 came on a reception thrown by redshirt senior wide receiver D.J. Boldin late in the first quarter. Redshirt sophomore running back Brandon Pendergrass led the rushing attack for the Deacs (6-4, 4-3 ACC) with 72 yards. Josh Adams only saw two carries for 10 yards, as he is still recovering from an ankle injury. Redshirt senior quarterback Riley Skinner went 21-33 for 176 yards for a touchdown and an interception. With his effort, Skinner reached the 6,000-yard mark during his career at Wake Forest.

Skinner and the Wake offense started their final drive with 2:50 remaining. Trailing by four points, they needed a touchdown. Unfortunately, the touchdown never came. Skinner completed quick passes to Williams and Boldin to march down the field. On a fourth down play, Skinner scooped up an errant snap and ran for the key first down. Things looked good for the Deacs, but the Wolfpack (4-6, 2-4 ACC) held strong as their well-timed blitzes overwhelmed the Wake offensive line. “The difference between (the 2006 and 2007 seasons) and this year is that we came out on top in a lot of the tight games,” Skinner said. “Right now we’re not finishing the way we need to. It would be nice not to have to be in (close) situations at the end, but if we’re in them it’s where you see what kind of character you have, what kind of team you have. We’ve been right there; we just keep on coming up short.” N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for one more. He netted 69 yards on the ground. Despite multiple dropped balls, Wilson went 16-33 for 152 yards.

Linebacker Nate Irving led N.C. State with 13 tackles. He had two tackles for a loss, including a key eight-yard sack on third down that halted a nine-play Wake drive in N.C. State territory in the third quarter. The game put a major dent on Wake’s hopes for an ACC Championship berth. With a Wake loss and a Maryland win over UNC-Chapel Hill last weekend, the Deacs need three games to go in their favor. On Saturday, Nov. 22, Wake needs to defeat Boston College. The Deacs also need Florida State to get a victory in College Park against Maryland. The final piece of the three-piece puzzle is a Boston College victory over Maryland in Chestnut Hill. If these three scenarios play out, a three-loss Wake Forest team would win the Atlantic Division with the tiebreaker over a three-loss Florida State team, and with four-loss teams Maryland and Boston College falling out of the race. Statistically speaking, Wake has a 12.5 percent chance of winning the division, assuming each game is a coin-flip. Wake needs to take care of its end of the three-part deal to not only leave the

door open for a trip to Tampa, but also to open up possibilities for an east-coast bowl game. “You just have to play for the next best thing,” Skinner said. “That’s 8-4. We’re going to have to play good football (against Boston College and Vanderbilt).” Nov. 5 Boston College defeated Florida State 27-17 in Tallahassee, Fla. Freshmen running back Montel Harris ran for 121 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles. Their secondary intercepted Ponder three times, and one of the picks went for a touchdown. Boston College also fields some of the best offensive and defensive lines in the ACC. Boston College has the slight edge in the alltime series with Wake Forest, 7-6-2. The series is very competitive with many games decided late in the fourth quarter. The competitive series forecasts that Wake will need to finish strong in order to prevail, something they have struggled with in recent contests against Miami and N.C. State. If the Deacons are unable to capture their ACC division and play in Jacksonville, Fla., they still undoubtedly have a bowl in their future.

Deacs score Coliseum record, defeat UNC-W By Martin Rickman | Staff writer

Wake Forest 120 UNC-Wilmington 88 The Demon Deacon basketball team opened its season at home with a bang Nov. 14, dominating N.C. Central to the score of 94-48, and setting a new Joel Coliseum record, beating UNCWilmington 120-88 Nov. 19. Using a series of runs and punishing defense held the N.C. Central Eagles to one for their first 23 shots, the Deacs asserted themselves in the first half and owned a 46-22 lead at halftime. Wake Forest scored in bunches, with runs of 6-0, 8-0 and 17-0 in the first half. N.C. Central was overmatched in both size and speed and was forced to foul a lot early, as the Deacs were in the bonus with just five minutes played in the first half. Wake shot 18-24 from the foul line, good for 75 percent on the day, better than their free throw percentage from last year. “One of the coaches came over and handed me a stat,” Head Coach Dino Gaudio said. “At the time, (Central) was 1-19 from the field. Boy, if we could ever bottle that up and keep that intensity; that would be outstanding. We came out of the gate really strong, and did a good job of sharing the ball again.” Wake Forest had 20 assists on 37 made field goals against and most of the unassisted shots were coast to coast drives by players like freshman AlFarouq Aminu and sophomore James Johnson, who had little trouble against the smaller N.C. Central forwards. “I thought we pushed the ball well and I thought we did a pretty good job of sharing the ball,” Gaudio said. “We just want to get out and run and fill the lanes. Farouq and James have the green light, if they get the rebounds, they can take it up the floor.” Johnson and Aminu both had double-doubles, and combined for 39 points. Aminu added three blocks and Johnson had 5 assists, as he played some minutes at the shooting guard position. Aminu shot 9-12 on the day,

and looked a lot more comfortable with the basketball than in the exhibition game against Mount Olive. “Against Mount Olive, I think I was just so anxious to do well,” Aminu said. “I was trying to do everything so perfect. I’m never going to have a perfect game, I just need to play basketball and bond with my teammates and get into the flow.” The game was filled with highlight dunks, as sophomore Jeff Teague, who had 14 points, six assists, two blocks and three steals, showed his signature slam in the first half. The play of the game came midway through the second half. On the break, junior David Weaver tossed the ball behind his back to senior Harvey Hale, who lofted it to Aminu. This year’s Wake Forest team has swagger and confidence. The Deacs continued to struggle from behind the arc on the day though, shooting just 18.2 percent. The saving grace was that they only shot 11 threepointers, something Coach Gaudio was pleased with. He was concerned that the team didn’t go to the paint enough. “At the end of the game, I showed the guys: three-point shooting, 2-11 and Woods and McFarland, 10-11. I told them, ‘What do you guys think we should do?’” Gaudio said. Wake Forest continued to get good post play out of junior McFarland and freshman Woods. McFarland only had to play 21 minutes and took just four shots, but he also had four free throws. He added seven rebounds. Woods looked even more comfortable around the hoop, scoring his 12 on a combination of strong post moves, a nifty hook shot and a smooth jumper. As his offensive skills progress, this, plus his size and his knack for being around the ball, will make him an incredible player. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Wake Forest had their hands full against an undersized but talented UNC-Wilmington squad. The Seahawks, averaging over 100 points per game in their two wins against Appalachian State and Troy, came from behind in both games, using a barrage of three-pointers led by point guard Chad Tomko,

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Junior guard L.D. Williams defends an N.C. Central guard Michael Glasker in the Deacs’ 94-48 victory over the Eagles Nov. 14. Williams had two points in the effort. guard Johnny Wolf and forward Dominique Lacy. Against the Deacs, Tomko was held in check as he was guarded primarily by Teague and Johnson and he had trouble finding his shot. Wolf and Lacy picked up the slack though, contributing 24 and 20 points respectively. The game was up-tempo from the start, seeing four Deacons in double figures, and Teague setting a career high with 31. He had to sit for 10 minutes in the first half with foul trouble,

but he made up for it with in the second half, when in a stretch of about five minutes he completely took over the game. “I think the players had fun tonight,” Gaudio said. “But I don’t know if the coaches did.” Johnson was one off his career high with 25 and he also contributed nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. McFarland also had a quiet 19 points and eight rebounds, while Woods was

4-5 from the field for 11 points and added six rebounds. The Deacs finished with 76 total points in the paint and 41 points off turnovers. “We’ve gotta let those big dogs eat,” Gaudio said. “We’ve got to keep feeding them the ball.” The Deacs, who scored the most points as a team since 1955, and the most ever at the Joel will have their next chance against cross-town rival Winston-Salem State. The game is Monday, Nov. 24 at the Joel.

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Volleyball Deacs win regular season opener team falls to Tar Heels By Tori Stewart | Staff writer

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Wake Forest volleyball fell to UNC-Chapel Hill in three sets on Sunday, Nov. 16. Hosting the match, the Tar Heels defeated the Demon Deacons 25-20, 25-19 and 25-20. With the loss, the Deacs fall to 17-12 overall and 8-9 in the ACC. Graduate student Natalie Mullikin led the offensive attack for Wake, contributing 12 kills for the match. Defensively, she posted three block assists, which ties her with the current school record for career block assists. Senior Ashley Homitz and sophomore setter Kelsey Jones aided Mullikin offensively, recording eight and five kills, respectively. Jones also tallied 30 assists for the match. Sophomore libero Megan Thornberry led the Deacs’ defense in the backcourt with 17 digs. Junior defensive specialist Abby Miller added 12 digs. Outscoring the Tar Heels solely in the dig category, Wake had 63 digs for the match while UNC-Chapel Hill posted only 47. UNC-Chapel Hill dominated in both hitting and blocking. The Tar Heels hit .217 for the match, compared to Wake’s .056, and doubled the Deacons’ blocks, eight to four. Although leading at some points early in the first and second sets, the Tar Heels controlled the third set through its entirety. The Deacons committed nine errors in the first set and 11 in the second set from attack or ball handling errors. In the first set, after a 5-0 run sparked by back-toback kills from Mullikin and a kill by freshman Kadija Fornah, Wake managed to pull within one point of UNC-Chapel Hill’s lead at 16-15, but they did not come closer to gaining control of the set. The second set played out similarly to the first, with the Deacons leading the Tar McIntyre Heels by three points toward the beginning of the set after kills from Jones, Mullikin and sophomore Lauren McIntyre and a service ace from redshirt sophomore Kate Rodriguez. The lead once again escaped the Deacs though, as a 9-3 run gave the Tar Heels a comfortable lead at 18-12. After kills from McIntyre and senior Ashley Homitz, the Deacons pulled to within four points at 20-16, but they still could not manage to gain the lead and were defeated 25-19. Struggling from the onset of the third set, the Deacons were down by 10 points or more on multiple occasions. Mullikin was instrumental in leading the team in countering UNC-Chapel Hill’s attack, recording five kills and a block in an 8-4 run for the Deacs, who eventually pulled to within two points of the Tar Heels at 20-18. A Tar Heel kill and service ace along with a Wake attack error finished the set 25-20 and sealed the match for the Tar Heels. Wake will look to redeem the losses with two home matches this week. The Deacons will host Virginia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and Virginia on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. These are the last two home matches for the season, and Nov. 21 will serve as senior night.

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Junior guard Tiffany Roulhac prepares to shoot a free throw in a game last year. The women will play host to Appalachian State for their next game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21. By Joe Maugeri | Staff writer

Wake Forest 62 UNC-Greensboro 27 Following a perfect preseason, the women’s basketball team opened its regular season with a 62-27 rout of UNC-Greensboro on Nov. 17 at the LJVM Coliseum. The Deacons were led by senior Alex Tchangoue and sophomore Camille Collier in their season opener. Each scored a game-high 12 points in the win over the Spartans. Freshman Secily Ray led the game in rebounds, pulling in 11 boards for the Deacons in her first regular season appearance. Ray also added six points to the victory. Senior Corrine Groves added 10 points and three steals in just over 19 minutes of playing. Junior Sarah Riddle had another big game down in the paint for the Deacons. Riddle blocked a career-high two shots and pulled in six rebounds, another career-high.

The Spartans were led by junior center Agne Girstautaite, who scored eight points and added seven rebounds. Early in the game, UNC-Greensboro’s sophomore guard Amanda Leigh nailed a three point shot to give the Spartans an early 6-5 lead, but the lead would be short lived. With just over 16 minutes left in the first half of play, Tchangoue would hit a jump shot that would spark a 25-4 Deacon run. The Spartans would not break into double digit scoring until there was 2:11 left in the first half of the game. UNC-Greensboro was unable to rally in the second half, as they were shutout in the first eight minutes of the half. The story of this game, though, was the Demon Deacon defense. In the first half of play, the women’s basketball team held UNC-Greensboro to only 13 points and the Spartans would only score 14 more points in the second half to add to the 27 point effort. The score of the game set a new benchmark in the UNC-Greensboro record book. Before their blowout at the hands of the Deacons, no team

had ever held the Spartans to 27 points or less. The closest an opposing team has come to this mark was last season when N.C. State held the Spartans to 29 points. The Deacons were led to victory by their superior defense, which set a new school record in steals. The women’s basketball team recorded 28 steals in the victory over UNC-Greensboro, burying the old record of 25 steals set against Delaware State on January 2, 1988. Freshman Brooke Thomas and junior Courteney Morris each added five steals to the new team record. During the contest, UNC-Greensboro was only able to shoot 19 percent from the field. The win over the Spartans avenges the loss incurred by the Deacons from their previous meeting. In 2005, the last time these two teams played, the Deacons dropped a close 70-64 loss to the Spartans. The women’s basketball team will be back in action on Nov. 21 when they host Appalachian State at the LJVM Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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As National Signing Day approached, Smith was uncertain which college team he wanted to play for. West Virginia and Pittsburgh were hot on his radar. He also pondered playing for powerhouses Ohio State and Florida State. A press conference was held at Pahokee High School’s auditorium on National Signing Day. News reporters, classmates, coaches and family gathered to observe the spectacle and find out which colleges Smith and several of his teammates would sign with. Smith sat on stage at a table in between his best friends, D.J. Boldin and Wilson. Their faces lit up with camera flashes. Boldin pulled out a Wake Forest hat and signed his letter of intent. Wilson did the same. Smith sat sandwiched between two newly-minted Demon Deacons, his mind racing. He was moments from determining the fate of his football career but still unsure of who to sign with. Smith thought about Pittsburgh, with whom he’d made a non-binding oral commitment. The team had recruited him hard, and one of his coaches, a former player at Pitt, was pushing his alma mater. He was still unsure. He would make a last second decision, but not until his mom arrived. Several minutes later Mrs. Smith waded through the crowd, cell phone pressed to her ear. She handed it to her son. It was Wake Forest’s recruiting coordinator, Ray McCartney. Wake wanted him. Bad. Another voice came across the phone. It was Head Coach Jim Grobe. “Come be a Deamon Deacon,” he said, before passing the phone to athletic director Ron Wellman, who made a similar pitch.

Wellman finally handed the phone over to an unfamiliar voice. It was Wake’s late basketball coach Skip Prosser, who pleaded with Smith to sign with Wake. Smith was moved that all these men — including one who coached a completely different sport — showed genuine interest in bringing him to Wake. “I don’t even have the scholarship,” Smith said to his mom. She reached in her purse and pulled a piece of paper, Wake Forest’s letter of intent, handing it to her son. Wilson tapped Smith’s shoulder and whispered to him. “Come on man, join us at Wake. It’ll be fun. Let’s continue our careers together, the three of us.” “One more thing!” Mrs. Smith reached in her purse and handed her son a black and gold hat. He inked the contract, joining his two old friends at Wake Forest. Grobe redshirts almost every freshman on the football team and Smith was no exception. “Man, it was hard, sitting Smith on the sidelines watching the team and not being able to go out there,” Smith said. “When you’ve been playing every year since you were seven, every year until you’re 18, and all of the sudden you’ve gotta sit out, it’s hard. I’ll admit it; it was a really frustrating experience.” Despite a trying freshman year, Smith says that in hindsight, it was good that he didn’t play his first year in college. “Wake is a hard school. It’s hard to balance the academics with football. Also, there was a lot I

learned on the practice field. I thought I was ready, but I probably wasn’t.” Smith burst onto the scene his redshirt freshman season. He was just one of three Wake Forest defenders to start all 11 games, a remarkable feat for a freshman., and all placed Smith on the Freshman All-American lists. Smith’s production has not slowed since his successful redshirt freshman season. Last year he recorded a nation-leading eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns — also the highest in the country. He earned First Team All-ACC honors and Third Team AP All-America, leading many publications to place him on their on this year’s preseason First Team All-America list. Smith’s production this year has not slowed. He has five interceptions through 10 games, bumping his career total to 19. Asked if he thought he could tie or break the ACC career record — 20 interceptions, set by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Dre’ Bly — Alphonso said, “Shut! I’ve already dropped about seven (interceptions) this year! I think I can do it though. That would be clutch.” Smith the interception machine is sometimes overshadowed by the smack-talker. At 5-feet-9inches, 190 pounds, Smith is not the biggest guy on the field — in fact he’s usually the smallest — but he is undoubtedly the loudest. Smith struts the sidelines taunting his opponents even before the first whistle is blown. If the receiver he is covering drops the ball or makes a mistake, Smith will not let him live it down. “Alphonso tries to defeat his opponent both mentally and physically,” redshirt sophomore receiver Marshall Williams said. “When a wide receiver is being locked up and being reminded of it by a defensive back it can be a damaging effect.”

Smith recalled a game earlier this season against Clemson, when he faced receiver Aaron Kelly, who was tapped by many in the preseason as the ACC’s best receiver. “That entire game I was talking to him. Every single play. I didn’t give him a break. His whole body language changed.” Smith stood up, looking lively and confident, demonstrating Kelly’s appearance at the beginning of the game. “By the end of it, he was slumping over, completely demoralized.” Kelly finished the game with three receptions for nine yards. Smith concedes that his smack talk is sometimes almost as effective a tool as some of his physical skills. However, he says the on-field antics are merely his personality amplified. “I just like to have fun out there. When people get pissed off at me, it’s to my advantage, because they lose focus.” ESPN’s top NFL scout, Mel Kiper, has listed Smith as high as the 13th best prospect in the next NFL draft. “Man, that would be unbelievable to be drafted in the first round, the 13th pick? Unbelievable!” ESPN listed one defensive back ahead of the Wake Forest standout on their mock-draft list. “Absolutely! I should be the first corner picked in the draft, for sure. There are a lot of other great players out there, so it will be hard, but it would be a great feeling to be the first DB taken.” What’s Smith’s dream team? “The Cowboys! No doubt! It’s not even close. I would love to play for Dallas. Who wouldn’t?” The question is, when the Cowboys step up to the podium to announce their first pick, how will Smith handle his nerves? “I always get sick, man.”

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Soccer: Undefeated streak ends

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The Cavs came out and executed well, disrupting the Deacons game plan. Both teams struggled with wet field conditions, failing to convert on several opportunities. The first half was played to a stalemate. The Deacs took the lead when senior Marcus Tracy scored from 15 yards out with 37:26 to play in the second half. Sophomore Corben Bone was credited with his 16th assist of the season on the play, extending his school record for most assists in a single season. Virginia tied the match with 21:46 to play. The Cavaliers then took a 2-1 lead with just 8:26 to play when a Chase Neinken header beat Fitzgerald. The Deacons didn’t panic. In the 89th minute, freshman Danny Wenzel knocked a loose ball into the net after a scramble in the Virginia box. It appeared senior Lyle Adams miraculously scored a goal with just 18 seconds to play, but it was wiped out due to an offside penalty. Each team had 18 shots in regulation. The first overtime was scoreless as was the second until the penalty kick that gave the Cavaliers a berth in the ACC Championship game, where they lost to Maryland. The match marked senior midfielder Sam Cronin’s 94th game starting as a Demon Deacon. That mark made him the school record holder in that category. He passed last year’s keeper Brian Edwards, who now plays in the MLS. Bone was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team, as announced after the conference championship game. Bone finished the conference tournament with a goal and an assist. Wake Forest has been dominant all season, outscoring its opponents 68-16 on the season and looks to continue that play as they enter the tournament. The NCAA Tournament, which features the top 48 teams in the country, culminates with the 2008 College Cup at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas on Dec. 12 and 14. “I think one of the things we have to do is keep playing as a team and staying positive, believing that we can make it,” Bone said. “If we believe, I think we can accomplish getting nsp adto6.875x10ƒ 1/23/04 1/28/04 11:45 AM Page 1 the Final Four in Texas.”

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Senior Michelle Kasold prepares for a pass in a recent home game. The team advanced to the Final Four after beating ACC rival Virginia on Nov. 16.

With five minutes to play in regulation, junior Kim Romansky ran the ball into Virginia territory. She made a quick pass to Moore in the center of the circle and ran to the front of the cage where she was able to tap in Moore’s return cross. The Deacons cruised in the first round, defeating American 7-1. “It’s always a good way to start a tournament, to set the tone for what you want to do in the tournament,” junior Aileen Davis said. “We tried to start on the right foot right at the start. The score didn’t really reflect how intense the match was though.” Five of Wake Forest’s seven goals were netted during penalty corner plays. Moore opened scoring in the game when she converted on Wake Forest’s first corner of the day. Senior Minou Gimbrere netted two goals on corners, while fellow senior Liz Fries and Moore added the fifth and sixth goals of the game on corners. Junior Melissa Martin along with Kasold posted four assists. Kasold also scored Wake Forest’s fourth goal in the 31st minute. American scored its only goal in the 14th minute, scoring on a penalty stroke. AnneMeike DeWiljes netted the lone point for the Eagles. Freshman Kaitlin Piosa netted the first goal of her career to close out scoring. Wake Forest will play No. 3-seed Syracuse (22-1) on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Louisville. The Orange went undefeated through the first 14 matches, won the Big East Tournament and became the first team out of the ACC to climb to the top of the NFHCA Poll for the first time since September 2004. Syracuse defeated Princeton 3-2 in double overtime in the quarterfinals. “They’re unbelievably talented and they have that record for a reason,” Averill said. “They have an incredibly powerful attacking corner that we need to be mindful of. They have strength right up the gut so we need to keep the ball out of there. Their counterattack is extremely threatening so we need to make sure that our transition game is there.” The stage is set for the Deacons to do what they have been preparing all season to do: win a national championship. “It’s what we work for throughout the year and when you’ve put so much effort in starting in the summer months, it’s a big deal.” Davis said. “That’s our main goal, not just to get to the championship finals, but to actually win it.”

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green is beautiful By Lauren Mahomes | Staff writer You’ve heard it all too many times before. You can’t even walk outside without being bombarded by reminders: it’s in your classrooms, it’s on the things you eat and drink, it’s even in your room. Yes, the going green campaign is hardly inescapable right about now, and if you’re like 25 percent of the nation, you’ve been ignoring the signs. In fact, most in the college-age group don’t recycle aside from throwing the occasional bad exam in the recycle bin. Many environmental programs are more than cognizant of this and amped up advertising to make going green more imperative, accessible and fun. So while changing your light bulbs and separating your water bottles from trash is still fantastic, going green has entered the tightest of circles: the fashion and beauty world. Looking at the bathroom sinks of the average student is more like looking at a modern collage of brand names and popular labels, each promising complete satisfaction whether it’s to eliminate every trace of acne or produce the perfect shave. What’s not on the labels, however, is that many of the ingredients contain chemicals that can be damaging to our skin in unregulated amounts, which unfortunately makes up the majority. It’s estimated that our skin absorbs up to 120 chemicals daily, a surprising number to most. Another surprising fact is that 33 percent of beauty products contain at least one chemi-

cal that has a proven link to cancer. These chemicals aren’t only harmful to our skin, but the products that contain them are often not biodegradable and collect in thousands of landfills each year. The easiest way to follow the green trend is to pay close attention to the labels of the products you use and to slowly discontinue use of products that use harmful chemicals and exchange them for more organic alternatives. Luckily, in this particular area, green is all the rage as there are a plethora of different companies that specifically sell eco-friendly beauty regimen products. Be careful in buying “organic” products if the ingredients are even remotely scientific sounding and hard to pronounce; they most likely contain a contaminant. All of the vendors mentioned here use 100 percent natural ingredients coming from Mother Nature herself in all her pride and glory. Pangea Organics, an “ecocentric bodycare” provider, sells a variety of products ranging from skincare, bodycare and lipcare, with an additional bonus of music. Most, if not all, the ingredients include no synthetic preservatives and are mostly fruit extracts. Used to a more specialized skincare regimen? Not a problem. Pangea Organics has different systems for every skin type. Although a little more pricy than a drugstore run, products average a two-year shelf life, yet biodegrade in about 48 hours to earn major green brownie points (see EO (Essential Oils) is a smaller, family run business dedicated to organic beauty products. Using primarily essential oils, they specialize in anything that’s anything in personal care: hair, lips, body, skin, feet, shave, bath, perfume and even cleaning products. EO is a very easy way to add green into your daily care while paying very little

for it (see Another organic personal care vendor that offers a bit of everything is Living Nature, based in New Zealand. Much like Pangea Organics, Living Nature offers a very wide range of specialized skin and body products that rival personalized skin systems such as Proactiv and Dermalogica. These products include the finest of New Zealand’s fresh bioactive ingredients and feature positive medical benefits and prices similar to that of Pangea Organics (see In addition to those featured above, the following business also offer eco-friendly personal care alternatives: Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Organic Fiji, Avalon Organics, Aveda, Burt’s Bees, Dessert Essence, Dr. Bronner’s, Eco-DenT, Eco-lips, The Organic Pharmacy, Simply Soaps and Tom’s of Maine. Eco-chic jean designers include Mavi Jeans and Anna Cohen Denim Pants. Beklina boutique offers numerous unique, eco-friendly clothes from various designers throughout the country. It specializes in a more eclectic style that is sure to stand out as fashionista meets tree hugger. Free shipping as an added bonus (see Very similar is Coco’s Shoppe Eco Boutique featuring a very eclectic and fun layout comparable to Forever 21. Coco’s Shoppe also offers several different eco-designers to ensure one-of-a-kind looks not found anywhere else. It also offers free shipping and an eco-style guide (see For the colder, winter months is Patagonia. Already familiar to many, Patagonia is similar to North Face in its merchandise and includes a very serious and active environmental

campaign. One percent of all sales are used to protect the environment (see Looking for unique jewelry? Moonrise Jewelry uses 100 percent recycled materials to produce stunning pieces all under $100 (see moonrisejewelry. com). We’re living in a world where becoming more aware and more active about saving the environment doesn’t require a lot of extra effort outside of our normal routines. These alternatives are not only better for us but also better for generations to come. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. Continue separating your soda cans from the Starbucks cups, but know that it extends far beyond that and for once, it can actually be beneficial to be selfish.

Event Review | Lilting Banshees

Comedy troupe delights with trademark crude humor By Jermyn Davis | Staff writer

The language was rude, the sexual innuendos were too suggestive and many of the jokes were quite offensive. However, the Lilting Banshee Comedy Troupe’s show last weekend was absolutely amazing! I do not think I have laughed so hard in my entire life. Performing for a nearly sold-out Brendle Recital Hall, the Banshees really had to bring their best work because many of the audience members were laughing hysterically at the jokes and riddles on the screen as the audience entered. One of my personal favorites was the statement “There will never be a Cold War 2 … Thanks a lot Global Warming.” Overwhelmingly, the Banshees delivered a great show as many of their skits dealt with common problems at the university or college, funny stereotypes about different races and, of course, sex. Although I have been to several Banshee performances, before going to this one I realized that their shows don’t tend to have a theme. I don’t know why that made me nervous; however, I kept wondering if there would be any consistency throughout the show. And, excluding a few sketches, they definitely consis-

tently delivered great campus entertaining performances. I think I will discuss my not-so-favorite sketches first. While most of the show was absolutely phenomenal, there were two sketches that I didn’t quite understand. The first was a sketch about a surgery, and the second was about a kid who had a hard time growing up and then moved around to find his place in life. These sketches were definitely funny to a number of people in the room, but I never quite understood the story line. Fortunately, almost all of the other sketches were outrageously funny. One of the first sketches that was one of the best of the night centered around common technology problems: people’s stupidity in calling service desks, the problems of the university’s ThinkPads, and everyone’s frustration in calling your phone company and expecting to speak with someone in America, but realizing that you are talking to someone half way around the world who does not speak English. The sketch ended with the George Handel Messiah Halleluiah Chorus as the characters realized Apple is better than PCs. Another very entertaining sketch was one parodying university facilities management workers trying to get rid

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A vegetable medley refuses to allow the avocado and tomato into their food group during the Banshees’ show. of an infestation of “fRats” within a young lady’s dorm room. The sketch was great, especially as a result of facilities management workers’ accents. I have never heard a southern accent emulated so well and spoken so consistently. Also, I never knew a sketch about women’s bras could be so entertaining.

Imagine a guy at a very sketchy used car lot selling bras. I don’t think it would be a great fit. Probably the best sketch of the night, hands down, was the sketch about an old black man who is a pimp who deals with a lot of crap. The sketch kind of reminded me of Samuel Jackson as Shaft. Again, the

entire show was great. I know many people want to be Banshees because they get away with making fun of things that most people want to make fun of, but can’t. The Banshees definitely have their work cut out for them. I most certainly believe they have the capability of creating another equally good show.

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He Said | Sex for the opposite sex, same sex and every sex in-between

For homosexual couples: no we can’t Jay Lowrey

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Actor Hugh Jackman is People’s 2008 Sexiest Man Alive.

The wait for the DVD release for Disney’s Wall-E is finally over. Now both children and college students alike are trying to get their hands on copies. From the director of Finding Nemo, you can count on this one being a favorite, too. Though it may seem like a children’s story like Finding Nemo, adults also find themselves enjoying these cute animated stories with a message that applies to everyone in our changing world. Don’t let the word Disney fool you, Wall-E is top-notch!

Top 10 Christmas Movies While at home on break, why not start off the holiday season with a movie marathon? This mix of films (live action, cartoon and claymation) will appeal to any one no matter the age. 1. It’s a Wonderful Life 2. White Christmas 3. A Christmas Story 4. A Charlie Brown Christmas 5. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer 6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas 7. The Year Without a Santa Claus 8. Home Alone 9. Christmas Vacation 10. Love Actually

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Staff columnist

Let me start this column off with a preface: This column is not about religion or politics but about love and how the world expresses love. Thus far my columns have not talked about love all that much. When I discuss free sex and the idea that university students should be free sexual beings, I may seem to be discounting the ideas of love and attachment but this is not my opinion in the least. In its ultimate form, sex is an expression of love – although there may be several sexual pit stops on the way to this love. This intrinsic connection between love and sex leads me to a frank discussion of the discussion of love, specifically gay love, in America. Last week’s election was historic for many reasons, North Carolina

changed colors, Elizabeth Dole was taken down a notch and one of the country’s biggest outsiders, Barack Obama, became the country’s biggest insider, president-elect of the United States. But, there were more historic events two weeks ago that took on a more sinister nature. Thousands of Americans from four different American states actually lost rights to love. In the state of Arkansas, citizens voted on a ballot referendum to deny adoptions to unmarried couples. These couples have lost the right to love an adopted child as their own. The state of Arkansas has taken the power of adoption decisions away from the highly trained and informed adoption agencies and instead arbitrarily decided to take this right away from any couple who has (for whatever reason) decided not to get married. In the states of Arizona and Florida, marriage was defined as only between one man and one woman, eliminating the possibility that gay marriage could ever take place in this state. And finally, in the state of California, a right given to gay couples of the state was taken away by a referendum

called Proposition 8, which retracted the previous right of gay marriage. This measure is perhaps the most objectionable of all. In the other states that passed measures, the rights did not exist in the first place; all that was taken away in these cases was the hope that these rights could ever exist (which is bad enough). In California, the right to love existed and prospered until it was taken away by Proposition 8. For a very long time, gay marriage was not all that important to me. It seemed like something that was very distant and abstract, a right that I would not need for several years. I then watched a commentary by MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann about the issue of Proposition 8. His speech was an eye-opening oration about the right to love and the rights of Americans in general. His words carried such emotion that I could not help but be moved. I urge all who have taken the time to read this column to take a look at these referendums and opinions of your fellow Americans. I realize some of you may be in favor of banning gay marriage, but I hope you will stop to think about love. Love unashamed, unapologetic and full of hope.

I would like to end this column by quoting Mr. Olbermann. “You are asked now, by your country, and perhaps by your creator, to stand on one side or another. You are asked now to stand, not on a question of politics, not on a question of religion, not on a question of gay or straight. You are asked now to stand, on a question of love. All you need do is stand, and let the tiny ember of love meet its own fate. “You don’t have to help it, you don’t have it applaud it, you don’t have to fight for it. Just don’t put it out. Just don’t extinguish it. Because while it may at first look like that love is between two people you don’t know and you don’t understand and maybe you don’t even want to know, it is, in fact, the ember of your love for your fellow person just because this is the only world we have. And the other guy counts, too.”

“He Said” is a bi-weekly column that presents one guy’s perspective on the college sex scene. You may contact him with your feedback or ideas at lowrjs7@

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Movie Review | High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Gabriella and Troy perform their last waltz By Samantha Hoback | Staff writer

Check back each week to see what events Student Union is hosting at the university. For those of you looking for a way back home for the holiday break, Student Union will be providing shuttles from the Benson Center to and from the PTI Airport. Space is limited, so sign up if you need a ride! Purchase deadline: Nov. 21 Departure dates: Nov. 25-Nov. 26 Return dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Drink of the Week Cranberry Margarita

With Thanksgiving approaching, many people look forward to Thanksgiving feasts. Forget cranberry sauce – this festive cocktail will make your holiday. 1.25 cup cranberry juice .5 cup sugar 1.5 cup frozen cranberries .75 cup fresh squeezed lime juice .75 cup tequila .5 cup Grand Marnier Ice Before you begin to mix the drink, make sure you rinse off the cranberries. Then mix the ingredients and pour half into a blender and fill the rest with ice. Blend and repeat with second half of the mixture. This recipe makes a minimum of two blender batches.

The boys are back! (And so are the girls.) Ryan, Sharpay, Troy and Gabriella reunite with the rest of the East High Wildcats for the third film in the popular Disney Channel series, Walt Disney Picture’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Starring the original HSM cast that made the first movies so successful, the third installment follows the talented high school seniors as they prepare for graduation and saying goodbye to high school and hello to college. True to its name, the film is centered on East High’s final spring “musicale.” Drama queen Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) tries to manipulate her way into the lead role with the help of her new British accomplice, Tiara Gold (Jemma McKenzie). Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu), struggles with finding the courage to ask valedictorian Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman) to prom, while chemistry develops between piano-savvy Kelsi Nielsen (Olesya Rulin) and Sharpay’s ambitious twin brother, Ryan (scene stealer Lucas Grabeel). The relationship between Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez, played by real life sweet hearts Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, intensifies as they anticipate the end of their high school lives and look forward to college in separate High School Musical places. T h e 3: Senior Year Wildcats Starring |ZacEfron,VanessaHugdens, are joined by the AshleyTisdale and Corbin Bleu infamous Director | Kenny Ortega East High Who’s it for? | Fans of the first two adults, movies and feel good films theater Running Time | 1 hr. 40 min. teacher Rating | (out of 5) M s . Darbus, (Alyson Reed) and basketball Coach Jack Bolton (Bart Johnson). The East High student body is rounded out by hip-hop bookworm Martha Cox (Kaycee Stroh), athlete-turned baker Zeke Baylor (Chris Warren) and Jimmy Zara, a young athlete (Matt Prokop) who hopes to follow in Troy’s championship steps. Director Kenny Ortega and his crew took advantage of the film’s big screen budget to create a whimsical, larger-than-life high school experience for moviegoers.

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The High School Musical gang is back for Senior Year in this fun, feel-good movie that will leave you singing and dancing long after the movie ends. Rotating sets, chic wardrobe and an expanded cast allowed the filmmakers to take the beloved Disney story to the next level. The film features the dynamic choreography of Charles “Chucky” Klapow and Bonnie Story that made the first two movies unique and memorable. From Ryan and Sharpay’s theatrical, Broadwayesque sequence that is reminiscent of the classic Footlight Parade, to Troy and Gabriella’s romantic waltzing in the rain scenes that had my friends and me dancing in the parking lot after the show, the choreography is, in my opinion, the most original part of the High School Musical series. The most important part of the film, however, is the music. The music is what first attracted young audiences to HSM, and it is what makes the film a revolutionary addition to the Disney lineup. Along with the original hit single, “We’re All in

This Together,” the film features new songs, such as “Now or Never,” “Can I Have This Dance” and my personal favorite, “High School Musical.” I was a little disappointed that the film did not include an actual prom scene. After all of the anticipation surrounding the chemistry between the different couples in the film, it would have been nice to have seen how the real prom night would have played out. While the movie’s plot is a little cheesy, one must remember that it is a Disney film.Therefore, audiences can expect a sweet story that ends happily ever after. The short running time is very reasonable, and contrary to popular belief, HSM is anything but childish. If you enjoyed the first two movies, if you like Disney or if you are looking for a feel good, warm and fuzzy cinema experience, check out Walt Disney Picture’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

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

Prevent the sniffles this winter By Jen Reppucci | Staff columnist

As the winter weather approaches, so does cold and flu season. You may have noticed some of your friends and classmates coughing and sniffling or have even felt under the weather yourself. As the end of the semester draws near, students really need to be conscious of keeping themselves healthy so they can avoid getting stuck in bed or in Student Health. The university is a small campus, and this means germs spread fast! Upperclassmen might remember the horrible outbreak of influenza that occurred last January. According to Sylvia Bell, the associate director of the Student Health Services, the first case was indentified on Jan. 14 and by the end of the month 292 cases were reported. This doesn’t include the students who sought medical assistance from the Forsyth County Health Department. The SHS and Forsyth County physicians worked overtime to combat the epidemic and this cost the school $37,516. We live, eat and play in such close quarters, and it is easy to forget where germs can spread. In a recent article in the Winston-Salem Journal, scientists from the University of Virginia conducted a study on the surfaces in homes of people with colds and reported that germs can live on these surfaces for two days or longer. Things such as door handles, light switches, bathroom faucets, phones and salt and pepper shakers all tested positive about 40 percent of the time. Students need to be cognizant of the

fact that just because the germs are microscopic doesn’t mean they aren’t there. If your roommate is coughing and sneezing over everything, get some Lysol wipes and give your door knobs and countertops a quick once over. There are many ways to prevent coming down with a cold or, even worse, the flu. The first thing students can do is get a flu vaccine. There are many clinics around this time of the year, so check online or give the local pharmacy or grocery store a call to see if they are hosting any. Make sure you are washing your hands. While this may be common sense, many people don’t wash their hands correctly. To ensure that your hands are germ free, wash with soap and warm water and vigorously rinse them for at least 15 seconds. Make sure you are covering all parts of your hands, even underneath your nails. When you don’t have soap and water to clean your hands, hand sanitizer is the next best thing. While this may be common sense, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, drinking lots of water and exercising will all help build up your immune system so it will be strong enough to fight germs and infections. If you do get sick, the first thing you need to do is stay in bed. I am not advising skipping classes; however, your classmates and professors will understand, as long as you are not infecting them. Nobody enjoys having a sneezing and coughing classmate sitting next to them.

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Next, observe your symptoms. If they include fever, fatigue, headache, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and/or stomach problems, you could potentially have the flu. Natascha Romeo, the university’s health educator, recommends that in this instance students should head over to Student Health where they can administer Tamiflu medication. If your symptoms show that you have a cold, you are on your own for treatment. Hunker down in bed with a carton of orange juice, tissues and some chicken soup. Drink lots of fluids and eat light meals to keep your strength up. Stock up on over the counter medications like Emergen-C packets, DayQuil or NyQuil (don’t forget that NyQuil knocks you out!), or Thera-Flu (it’s a tea with medicine!). Sudacare Shower Soothers are also great because you just stick it in the shower with you and it opens up your sinuses. Students at the university are so driven and busy that it is hard to slow down and take a sick day. We all definitely keep holding the “Work” Forest motto up to its utmost definition. Though going to bed at a decent hour always tends to be a hard thing to maintain, rest is the most important step to your recovery. It not only gives you the energy you need, but it can also prevent you from continuing your illness longer than you want. If you happen to be sick now, all-nighters should certainly try to be avoided as much as possible!

Event Review | The Mountain Goats

Popular band puts on fantastic performance By Nathan Bedsole | Contributing writer

So many things make North Carolina my home, and so many things convince me that I, in fact, live in the greatest state in the union. Until last Wednesday, I thought I was beyond any further convincing. I was wrong. John Darnielle, who resides in Durham, played at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N. C. Now, I’ve been a fan of the Mountain Goats for many years now, and I’ve fallen in love with Darnielle’s songwriting and nasal singing, but I had no idea that seeing him live would be anywhere near as amazing as it was. The Mountain Goats playing to a sold out crowd at Cat’s Cradle was one of the best shows I have ever, ever seen. We arrived fairly early and, after buying Darnielle’s newest EP, Black Pear Tree, on vinyl, we were able to press to the second or third row from the stage. It was fantastic. Kaki King, the opening act (with whom Black Pear Tree was recorded), started around 8 p.m. and proceeded to play a brilliant and surprisingly long set for an opener. I had never heard her before, but after I did it only made me more excited to listen to the vinyl I had purchased. She was hilarious, incredibly talented and a wonderful complement to the Mountain Goats. This being a show very close to home for Darnielle, the energy in the Cradle was nuts when the

Mountain Goats took the stage. Once they started playing, things got even crazier. I could not have imagined how good it was. I first fell in love with the Mountain Goats listening to Darnielle’s boombox-recorded album All Hail West Texas, and I fully expected him to be playing by himself with a microphone and an acoustic guitar. With a bassist and a drummer, I can’t remember if I was skeptical of how good it would sound at first, but if I was, that notion is now incredibly far removed from my mind. Darnielle has a way of writing songs that I can only describe as “Triumphant.” There is something about them that, no matter what his lyrics are, you are yelling at the top of your lungs whenever you hear them. Live with the band, fantastic low-key songs by Darnielle that weren’t particularly “triumphant” become so much more than they are on the record. The song “Going To Georgia,” while recorded with very minimal instrumentation on a boom-box, is definitely one of those songs you can’t help but yelling the words to whenever you hear it. With bass and drums added, the song became almost unbearably awesome. I think I’ve watched the video on YouTube fifty times. Search Cat’s Cradle and The Mountain Goats. Really, do it. Other songs like “Game Shows Touch our Lives” were only recognizable by their lyrics when Darnielle played them live. The chords were changed

Photo courtesy

John Darnielle (right) and Peter Hughes (left) together continue to make the Goats a highly acclaimed band. and, while I still like the album version of the songs, were made incredibly energetic for the crowd. I would see him again tonight and next week if I could. The experience of seeing him play his songs for a crowd was really something breathtaking. Coming back on stage for two encores, the night eventually ended with the entire building screaming the last verse of the song “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton.” This song, off of All Hail

West Texas, was, for me, the absolute perfect end to a flawless concert that I will never forget. I had the pleasure of meeting a friend of my twin brother’s named McBryde at the show (you’d be surprised how often people pick me out like that) and after he introduced himself he said, “You ready for the show of the year?” I figured it would be a good show and all, but show of the year? However, as I hope I have made gushingly clear, McBryde was on point.

Music Musings | Dance Music

Mash-ups and new music make dancing fun again By Seymour Stein Contributing writer

Dane Cook made a joke many years ago about girls going out “dancing” to dance and how that notion for guys is completely ridiculous. I think the gag was along these lines: If a girl says “I-I just need to dance tonight. I just need to dance. No guys. Just dancing.” No one would think twice about it; however, if a guy made the same claim, people would ask questions. Somewhere there’s a punch line, but the bottom line is that his sentiments have been made obsolete. Growing up in the south, the dancing I was exposed to was the party crunk scene.

As a timid and scrawny middle and high school student, this appealed very little to me. I was intimidated. I was awkward. Not to help things, raging hormones immediately turned school dances into a nerveracking popularity contest. Dancing was never presented to me as fun. Never. At least, not until salvation came in the form of an abandoned public park and an old boom box. Midway through high school I was well on my way to becoming a music snob and would listen to nothing that I didn’t consider obscure and hip. I shudder at these days. Anyhow, largely in thanks to the Time To Pretend

EP of MGMT and The Sunladic Twins LP by Of Montreal, a small group of friends and I started going to the park at night and just dancing. There was no bump and grind, no pressure from the “In Crowd,” just good friends and plenty of room to dance. I don’t want to say that it was cathartic because I feel like that makes it seem way too centered on the outcome, and while it definitely served that purpose, we did it because it was fun. Golly, it was fun. Our little group never erupted into house parties or anything spectacular, it was just a way to get together and have fun. One night it could be Girl Talk at the park, or double speed for-

eign music from a record player in a basement. Looking back, this was my little small scale localized involvement in a movement that was and still is happening all over the nation. It’s no longer about picking up girls, talking smooth at the bar or camping out on the dance floor grinding all night. The dance scene is dancing. Maybe it isn’t the mainstream scene yet, but it’s happening. It’s in basements and concert halls from Georgia to New York. Everyone has turntables now, and everyone is using them. From Diplo’s Hollertronix movement to the reggae influence trance-hall tracks coming out of Brooklyn, people are dancing. The party scene has shifted from

an opportunity to get some to an opportunity to forget about our crappy weeks and dance until daybreak. It used to be that so many people wouldn’t dance because they just didn’t like rap music or couldn’t stand droning techno loops. Now, with the popularity of “mash-up” as a genre, even the lankiest of starved indie boys are getting buck on the dance floor. The success of Pittsburgh’s Girl Talk proves this. C’mon, who doesn’t want to dance to a track sampling “American Girl” by Tom Petty? Beyond the irony, however, we’re now forced to see that music has changed, and that these rock songs, or whatever one wants to

call them, genuinely complement the beats being looped underneath them and the driving tempos that make them work. No matter your musical interests and tastes, everyone can get into this. There are really solid deejays putting stuff out right now. You don’t have to suffer through boring repetition or the bump and grind to dance anymore. Spend a minute and check out people like the ever-popular Girl Talk, ABX, DJ STV SLV, Diplo, DJ Sega, Hercules and Love Affair, Justice, Crystal Castles and Muscles, to name a wellknown few. Then let loose and throw a super awesome dance-worthy house party.


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