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It’s all about connections. Whether it’s out in the real world or on campus, University Police couldn’t agree more. While maintaining the same philosophy and commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for the Wake Forest community, University Police has unveiled a new vision for campus safety. “We’re really trying to be deliberate and intentional about getting our students plugged into us to get information, to get connected and stay protected,” Regina Lawson, chief of University Police, said. “The other piece of this is seizing the opportunity because we’re going to change our image one conversation at a time and when we’re doing that we’re changing campus safety.” As a part of their “Get Connected Stay Protected” campaign, University Police is striving to enhance campus safety one

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Coach Tom Walter and freshman Kevin Jordan share a moment together at the hospital. Walter donated one of his kidneys to Jordan Feb 3. By Bronwen Gainsford | Web editor The latest buzz in the realm of national sports has not been the results of the Super Bowl or an NBA upset, but instead, about events transpiring on our campus. On Feb. 7, freshman baseball player Kevin Jordan, a native of Columbus, Ga., received a kidney to replace his own failing one from an unlikely donor: his head coach, Tom Walter. As a high school senior, a healthy Jordan signed his National Letter of Intent to Wake Forest in November 2009. During the winter of 2010, Jordan became ill with the flu. By January, Jordan had lost 30 pounds and was seeking answers to his aliment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. At Emory, Jordan discovered that he suffers from AntiNeutrophil Cytoplasmic Autoantibody, or ANCA. ANCA is a condition where autoantibodies attack an individual’s own cells. When this occurs in the kidneys, it ultimately results in kidney failure. Although Jordan was diagnosed with ANCA, he continued playing baseball at Northside-Columbus High School and was drafted in the 19th round of the 2010

Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. Jordan was still committed to attend the university in the fall, and Walter still guaranteed Jordan his scholarship. However, by the time the fall semester began, Jordan was placed on dialysis. Still intent on attending Wake, Jordan and his family were joined by Walter and trainer Jeff Strahm two days prior to the beginning of the year at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. At Baptist, Walter learned the severity of Jordan’s illness. “Five minutes into listening to Dr. Barry Freedman speak I was like `Oh My God!,’ I had no idea what Kevin had been going through over the course of the summer and spring. It just gave me a whole new perspective on everything. That’s when the reality, the gravity of the situation hit me. Until that doctor’s appointment, I just had no idea,” Walter said. Dr. Freedman at Baptist told Jordan and Walter that Jordan’s kidney was operating at only 8 percent, and that Jordan would need

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conversation at a time. In doing so, they hope to facilitate increased awareness, direct communication and better sharing of information across campus. “If we can have a five-minute conversation with three students, one student or 100 students, give them some kind of information, and students have a positive interaction with us, we feel like that’s changing campus safety,” Lawson said. “The student population changes 25 percent every year and we’ve always had a community policing philosophy from our perspective, but what we’re doing is really trying to promote ourselves in a different way.” In order to establish better connections among faculty, students, parents and visitors, achieving familiarity is key. Hoping to bridge the disconnect between different areas on campus and within the larger community, police are encouraging people to take

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Career fair offers opportunities By Sam Perrotta | Contributing writer

Career Services hosted its semiannual Job and Internship Fair Jan. 19. The fair, held on the fourth floor of Benson University Center, attracted 34 employers from around the country and 394 students –a Chan 17 percent growth from the January 2010 event. Andy Chan, vice president of career development, explained that this growth is not necessarily from the market but rather an undertaking he took on right when he came to the university barely a year and a half ago. “One of the big messages I wanted to commu-

nicate was that students from the platform marketing company out very time they come to school here of Chapel Hill that provides advershould be thinking more about tisement-based literature to variwhat they want to do when they ous universities, explained, “We leave,” Chan said. Career Services always come to this fair because we began having a more dominat- know the quality of the students ing presare top-tier. ence among It’s always “Students ... should be thinking f re s h m e n , been a resulting in a privilege.” more about what they want to do vast increase The event when they leave.” in numbers. has been Andy Chan T h e around for Vice President of Career Development over increase in 15 attendance years with was found a price tag not only among students but of at least $5,000. Dana Hutchemployers as well. The list of partic- ens, assistant director of recruitipating organizations ranged from ing, is at the forefront of planning non-profits to research groups to what are now two undergraduate Fortune 500 companies to con- career fairs a year with one held in sulting firms; yhey were all there November and the other in Janufor the same reason – to recruit ary. As she puts it, “When the one and hire the best and the bright- in January ends, the planning for est. As one representative from University Directories, a multi- See Career, Page A2

Panel to discuss humanitarian opportunities in legacy of Agent Orange By Ken Meyer | News editor

The Institute for Public Engagement will host a panel discussion with leaders working to combat the negative legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam at 11 a.m. Feb. 17 in Benson University Center room 410. 35 years after the end of the Vietnam War, the legacy of Agent Orange continues to be a challenge for American veterans and Vietnamese citizens who are living on dioxin-contaminated soil. Agent Orange was an herbicide used by the U.S. military to kill shrubs and plants during the war in Vietnam. An estimated 4.5 million Vietnamese

and hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were exposed. Dioxin is a highly toxic and persistent organic pollutant linked to cancers, diabetes, birth defects and other disabilities. The situation in Vietnam is particularly severe, as dioxin remains in the land and continues to poison the environmental food chain. The Red Cross estimates that three million Vietnamese people today are still being affected by Agent Orange, including 150,000 children with severe birth defects. In the past, few efforts had been made to address the negative public health impact

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of Agent Orange in Vietnam. However, recent progress and partnerships are being made to address the problem through a comprehensive 10-year plan of action. The plan will clean up dioxin “hot spots” that are causing illness and disabilities while expanding humanitarian services for people battling dioxinrelated health issues. Efforts are also being made to increase cross-cultural dialogue, exchange and awareness on this human rights issue that has remained significant even decades after the war. A local non-profit based out of Winston-Salem called Children of Vietnam is one of the organizations working on the ground in Vietnam to increase the healthcare opportunities for

impoverished children and families battling dioxin-related hardships. Mary Pendergraft, professor of classics, and junior Olivia Boyce serve on the Children of Vietnam board. “With the support from generous donors, Children of Vietnam has been able to provide a comprehensive care system for kids born with serious congenital defects as a result of dioxin environmental contamination,” Boyce said. “COV provides surgeries, rehab, tutoring, housing, food – really anything an impoverished family dealing with a disabled child could need.” The presentation next week will discuss the humanitarian concern and what is being done to combat it at international level. This discussion is part of a threeday North Carolina tour to raise

awareness, highlight solutions and connect people with ways to get involved in the campaign to make Agent Orange History. It will start with a photo and commentary introduction by Catherine Karnow, an internationally acclaimed National Geographic photographer. Next will be a panel discussion moderated by Nancy Letteri, executive director of Children of Vietnam. The discussion panel will consist of Charles Bailey, the director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative on Agent Orange; Bob Edgar the national president of Common Cause and former congressman; Donna Sutherland,

doctor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center; and Tam Nguyen, a VietnameseAmerican who served as the VIET2010 Fellow for the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. “This event will be relevant to any students, faculty or community members with an interest in the history and culture of Vietnam, humanitarian aid, healthcare, Vietnam veterans and their families and more,” Boyce said. “The speakers invited to this panel are all extremely influential and have extensive experience in Vietnam; they are using this knowledge to address a previously ignored humanitarian need.”

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Brieflies Students strut their unique senses of style at drag show The Gay-Straight Student Alliance will hold its 2011 Demon Drag Show from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Feb. 11. The show will take place in Room 401 of Benson University Center. All proceeds from the event will be donated to AIDS Care Service in Winston-Salem. Admission to the event has yet to be determined. For more information, contact Annie O’Brien at obriar9@ wfu.edu.

Sophomores participate in annual major declaration The annual major declaration process is scheduled for Feb. 14-18. Every sophomore should declare a major by scheduling an advising appointment at his/her desired department during this period. Students who do not declare by Feb. 18 risk being unable to register for their major courses during major registration. Major/minor advising and registration will be conducted March 14-25. Questions concerning the process should be directed to Susan Carlton in the Office of the Registrar at carltosp@wfu.edu.

University’s celebrates founding day in Wait and Scales The Founders’ Day Convocation will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in Wait Chapel. A reception will follow the convocation from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of Scales Fine Arts Center. The reception is sponsored by Provost, Jill Tiefenthaler. All members of the university community are welcome to attend.

Two-day conference leaves Federal Reserve in question “The Federal Reserve Was a Bad Idea,” is the title of a two-day conference in which nationally known economists will meet and critique the Federal Reserve. The conference is presented by the economics department and the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at the university. John Allison, business professor and former CEO of BB&T, will discuss “The Practical Impact of the Federal Reserve on Decision Making in Large Financial Institutions” at 2 p.m. Feb. 11. Thomas Sargent, the keynote speaker and an economics professor at New York University, will address “Drawing Lines in U.S. Monetary and Fiscal History” at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. Two university economics professors, Daniel Hammond and John Wood, will also address those in attendance. Discussions pertaining to the conference will take place in Kirby Hall, Carswell Hall, Brendle Hall and Benson Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 and Feb. 12.

Final segment of “Dealing with Drinking” to appear next week The final feature in the four-part series addressing the dialogue and changes surrounding the university’s drinking culture will appear on page A1 of the Feb. 17 edition of the Old Gold & Black. Originally scheduled for this week’s issue, this fourth piece will examine reactions of Greek and unaffiliated students as well as faculty and staff to the changes to Greek life and drinking culture over the last semester. The other three pieces of the series have appeared in previous editions.

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Provost Jill Tiefenthaler to think more holistically about how we blend the academic side and the classroom side together. How did your college experience influence your decisions as provost?

By Samantha Hoback | Staff writer As students or faculty step into her office, Provost Jill Tiefenthaler introduces herself by her first name. At the university, Tiefenthaler works hard to promote diversity on campus and uphold the university’s values of outstanding academics. Outside the office, she’s a mother of two, attending swim meets and school plays, enjoying ethnic food with her husband and friends, and keeping up with Academy Awardnominated films like as The Social Network. What attracted you to the university? Overall it was the opportunity to be at a place that matched my values, and those most importantly are the balance between teaching and scholarship on the faculty side, and on the education side, the small, residential liberal arts experience. I also like that, in addition to the great, intimate, liberal arts college setting, it has the opportunities of a larger university, including the professional schools in medicine, law, divinity and business, but also the athletics and big-time sciences. Its one of those rare places that I felt was both exciting but also true to the core values of what higher education should be. What is your favorite part about your job? When I can help faculty and/or students to improve the academic enterprise in some way. For example, when a faculty member comes in with a creative idea for a conference or a course, or a student comes in with a new idea for something that’s important to the students and that they think will improve what we’re doing here. A couple of years ago, Student Life was added to my portfolio, and I really enjoy the opportunity

I grew up on a farm in Iowa, so I had very little exposure to women in professional positions. When I went to Saint Mary’s, I fell in love with the life of the mind. I decided early on that I wanted to do what the faculty did, which was go in and work with students every day and read and learn. When I was at Duke, my mind opened more to the research side of the job, but when I left I knew I wanted to go to a liberal arts place that focused on the teacher-scholar model. What is the university’s greatest strength? The faculty and the students. I only put faculty first because they stay so much longer and students come and go. Essentially no one comes to a place like Wake Forest because they have a great Provost; they come because of the faculty and the faculty here are devoted to our students, and they really love our students. What is the university’s greatest weakness?

you’re here, and the more we can challenge that in those four years, I think the more you’ll leave with an education that prepares you to make a difference in the world. Your position as provost can be stressful. What do you do to relax and have fun when you aren’t at work? My daughter Olivia is 12 and my son Owen is 9. My husband also teaches here in the economics department. We like to spend time together; a lot of that is going to their activities. My daughter is a swimmer, and my son likes tennis and is also going to be in the university production of Grapes of Wrath. It’s hard work but you can make it happen. It just means that in these years when they’re doing things, you don’t get to think a lot about your own hobbies. Their hobbies become your hobbies.

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I continue to worry about diversity on campus. I really believe that the magic of a residential liberal arts experience is that you’re living in a place where you’re really going to be challenged in how you think: both in the classroom or in the dorm late at night, at a party or on the Old Gold & Black when you’re deciding on what to put on the front page. We have to continue to work hard to bring students from all backgrounds. We’ve improved in our number of international students, but we want to bring more of an international perspective given that many of you will go and lead in companies where you’re going to need it. I think that the great thing about being here 24/7 when you’re a student is that it forms a big part of who you are when

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next January’s begins, and it isn’t easy.” Chan sees hosting career fairs as kind of like throwing a party. Chan explains that “you have to be flexible. On one hand you’re thinking long-term but on the other it’s hard to plan ahead and figure out who exactly is coming.” Yet, recruiting opportunities at the university should be an obvious choice. However if you were to ask your friends their reactions to the fair, many seem to be negative. “I went to career fairs in the past and it seemed that it was all geared toward one specific major,” Cara Herrick, a junior Communications major, said. I just felt it was difficult for me to find an employer I could find common ground with.” A concerned junior finance major also chimed in that he would like to see more “big names” present in the future. “As Wake students, they know our work ethic but we

aren’t given the opportunity to meet them,” he said. What is the process of getting employers to attend the fair in the first place? A lot of the process it stems from Chan’s development and implementation of the Career Community where various committees, along with Career Service, act on behalf of the entire student body. This initiative began just over a year ago and includes two designated people from the graduate school’s Employer Development Team that are in constant communication with employers. Though many students believe that events like this are directed to students in the Schools of Business, this new mentality aids in the dismantling of that idea. “Here’s the reality of the marketplace, there are larger employers who tend to recruit larger amounts of students and therefore have a higher recruiting budget like some of the banks, a few Fortune 500,” Chan said. “All

the others may or may not be hiring, they may not have a budget, they may want to hire just engineers before everyone else.” The lack of an engineering program, interestingly enough, reduces recruiters’ need to come to the university. Many firms tend to only go to institutions with an established engineering school and then simply post the couple of marketing or finance positions available. Furthermore staff uses their personal contacts to attract employers, alumni and parents to these events. Additionally, in place of career fairs, more employers, like Bank of America, will hold information sessions, conduct presentations to students or go straight to an interview. With the economy in a precarious state, many employers have found easy cutbacks in recruiting departments. Rather than spend money on attending a career fair, they will fly directly to campuses and conduct interviews. Which begs the question

– would you rather talk to someone for 45 seconds at a booth or have the opportunity to interview with them in the hope of becoming part of their company? “When you add them all together, we’re talking thousands of employers each year, so the Career Fair tends to be a smaller piece of all the ways students can access opportunities,” Chan said. Instead of viewing opportunities like the fair as a way to network, many students view it as the endall, not necessarily realizing what other benefits these employers offer. Instead, this event serves for students to explore options and meet employees of diverse companies. “We’re trying to teach students more and more about the networking aspect of it all,” Chan said. “You can have any job that you want, you just have to network to get there … everyone wants to see the public do the career fair thing but sometimes it’s actually going through the backdoor, so to speak, to get where you want to go.”

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take advantage of the many resources that are available. “It’s amazing how we’re such a wellconnected campus but a student may be experiencing some kind of problem in Babcock and Davis Hall doesn’t know anything about it,” Lawson said. “It’s incumbent on us to help the community understand who we are and what we do, and with the increased use of technology one of the things we’ve tried to do is put more energy and effort there, pushing out our theme.” One way police are trying to promote their new vision is by utilizing social media marketing tools, such as Facebook and Foursquare. In addition to registering their cell phone numbers on WIN, students are now encouraged to “like” the University Police Facebook page for the chance to win a free iPad; the faceboook page provides crime prevention information and mass notification messages. In addition, University Police have enhanced their website and posted two of their freshmen orientation safety videos online.

With improved graphic designs, they ture which highlights assigned police have revitalized their messages from locations on campus. Amidst the new Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC), technological resources, University PoWinston-Salem Fire Department lice have also urged members of the (WSFD), Alcohol Law Enforcement university community to remember (ALE) and Winston-Salem Police De- the importance of reporting “real-time” partment c r i m e (WSPD). emerT h e gencies. website “Stualso indents are cludes so accusf e a t u re s tomed like the to doing A s k business a-Cop by email e m a i l now that compowe’ve n e n t , got folks through emailing which crime students, Holly Hinshelwood/Old Gold & Black reports,” f a c u l t y, Lawson parents and visitors can ask questions said. “We also have dispatch@wfu. regarding law enforcement operation; edu, which we would consider for and the Silent Witness program, where non-emergency contacts, but it’s not confidential information can be sub- real-time like the 911 call.” mitted anonymously regarding suspiAs a result, perhaps one of the most cious or criminal activity. The website effective strategies is the new implealso contains an interactive map fea- mentation of resource officers, who

are each assigned to an individual residence hall and academic building while on duty. Each resource officer carries refrigerator magnets with helpful police contact numbers and custom trading cards with his or her name, email address and contact information. Not only do these creative marketing tools help reiterate the university’s new safety slogan, but also provide a personalized, tangible link for students to identify with a familiar face of a security on campus. The university has also launched a Police Advisory Board to serve as a bridge of understanding between the campus community and the university police. The board is comprised of students, faculty and staff and meets monthly during the academic year. “Overall, our students probably feel too safe on campus,” Lawson said. “People are afraid at night when they’re outside alone when in reality the highest incidents we deal with are being robbed blind in broad daylight, just because you leave something unattended or you’re not locking your room door.”

As many students continue to take the apparent security of the self-contained university campus for granted, they are too often surprised when they leave personal items unattended at their desks and return to find their laptops, iPods or cell phones missing. The University Police believe that these students should keep these devices close as they are conversation-enablers, outlets for connection, instruments for protection, and thus a means to improving campus safety. With University Police’s new vision in place, the department believes campus security is looking up. However, as we continue to find ways that technology can help make our lives even easier, University Police advise students both on- and off- campus to go back to the basics. “The best security device we have on this campus is your room door — just lock it,” Lawson said. “It’s probably the most underutilized device we have, but the card access really creates a false sense of security. At home your front door was secure and you felt safe; here your bedroom door is your front door, but it’s hard to make that connection.”


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Business students showcase skills at Marketing Summit By Samantha Hoback | Staff writer

How often do college students get the privilege to have dinner with a roomful of executives from top corporations? Last weekend, four undergraduate students had such an opportunity as part of the Schools of Business’ 21st annual Marketing Summit. Each year, teams of business students unite to put their education into practice and compete for a substantial cash prize. “The Marketing Summit is a case-based marketing competition that is sponsored by companies seeking key insights from the younger demographic,” senior Todd Hanford, a member of the university’s undergraduate competition team, said. “The students that compete in the Marketing Summit get a chance to practice their marketing and presentation skills. They also get a chance to showcase their talents to high level executives that can significantly help with job placements.” This year’s Marketing Summit case competition featured a case provided by VF Corporation and written by university MBA students. For 36 hours, the teams worked around the clock to craft a strategic marketing plan to address the challenge. At the end of the competition, students presented their solutions to a panel of industry-leading experts. MBA teams invited to participate were: University of Pennsylvania, the University of California at Berkeley, Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame, Boston College, London Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Wake Forest University. Undergraduate teams invited included University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Northeastern University, University of Maryland, Brigham Young University and Wake Forest University. “The unique thing about this particular competition is that the case study is based on real time events and real time problems faced by our corporate sponsor,” senior Steven Simms, another member of the team, said. “The summit attracts some of the stiffest competition that one could find at the undergraduate level.” This year’s $75,000 top prize went to the University of Pennsylvania. London Business School finished second, followed by Wake Forest University in third place. In the undergraduate competition, Northeastern University won the first-place prize of $10,000 for their marketing plan. For undergraduates, University of Pennsylvania placed

Egypt adds workers’ strike to country turmoil Transit workers, electricians, technicians and hospital workers united in a large worker’s strike that began Feb. 9 in Egypt. For the first time since riots broke out, workers have organized labor strikes in response to the news that President Mubarak is worth up to $70 billion dollars. Outrage grew among workers because 40 percent of the population lives near or below the poverty line. Workers acted out by baricading roadways and farmlands and setting fire to government buildings. Human’s Right’s Watch recently announced that 300 people have died in Egypt since Jan. 25, when the protests first began.

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Participants at the Schools of Business’ 21st annual Marketing Summit peer over their recently received cases to prepare for competition. second, followed by the University of Maryland. “Our team was extremely proud of the work we did and thoroughly believed we came up with some extremely innovative ideas,” junior Parker Schweer, member of the university’s underraduate team, said. “We worked well as a team, and I particularly enjoyed getting to learn from the seniors in a high pressure situation.” After months of preparation, the teams received the case from this year’s sponsor, Nautica, and had just 36 hours to develop a solution to the problem. “After a couple of nights of sleep deprivation, we had to give a 20-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes of questions by our judges,” Simms said. “They announced the winner on Saturday at the Gala.” While taking home prize money should be incentive enough, students cited many other benefits to participating in the Marketing Summit. “There are a number of events in which we are able to interact with the executives,” Simms said. “For anyone still in the job market, this is an ideal situation to be in.” The Marketing Summit also helps promote the Schools of Business. “This is

an opportunity for us to prove that we belong in the conversation when it comes to which school turns out the best businessmen and women,” Simms said. “Not to mention competition is just fun.” “What I love so much about marketing, as well as the way the Schools of Business curriculum is set up, is that it provides us with a wide range of knowledge to understand and solve today’s business problems,” Schweer said. “We are not being asked by an accounting professor to exhibit our ability to record debits and credits in a journal on an exam. Instead, the problems we are solving require us to call upon all of our knowledge to solve the issue at hand.” Despite the rigorous selection process, months of practice cases and sleep deprivation, the students who participated in the Marketing Summit have an experience to add to their college resumes. “It was a great case to work on,” Schweer said. “I now have much more confidence in my ability to bring my knowledge from school into the business world, as well as contribute effectively in a team setting.”

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The Syrian ambassador discusses prospects for Middle Eastern peace one-on-one with a student after the Q&A. By Ken Meyer | News editor Imad Moustapha, the Syrian Ambassador to the United States, visited the university Feb. 3 to present his lecture “Prospects for Peace in the Middle East: A Syrian Perspective.” The Middle East and South Asian Program, the History Department and the Political Science Department — the three groups sponosoring Moustapha’s visit — first held a reception for the ambassador at 4 p.m. in the lobby of Tribble Hall. This informal discussion, attended

by Provost Jill Tiefenthaler, Assistant Provost for Global Affairs Kline Harrison, and students and staff from the three departments, addressed topics ranging from Moustapha’s career and political life, to the history of bilateral relations between the two nations to the current riots spanning across Egypt and the Arab world. “I was shocked when my country asked me to be an ambassador,” Mousapha said. “I only worked in computer science at a university. Perhaps they were trying to get me and my ideas out of the country.”

From that light-hearted note, Moustapha turned to AmericanSyrian relations. He highlighted how President Ronald Reagan sent a special envoy to Syria when relations turned sour; he professed that President George H.W. Bush had the best relations with Syria. He questioned President George H.W. Bush’s decision to remove the US Ambassador to Syria, and he hailed the Obama administration’s renewed relations with the country. Moustapha later turned the discussion to the students. “The thing I miss the most about academia is my relationship with the students,” Moustapha said. Despite describing his tendency to constantly read books and articles on Syria and the Middle East, the ambasador asked what literature on the Middle East the students recommended he read. He sought questions from the students on the region. This trend continued later in the night when Moustapha gave his formal lecture at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Forum of Carswell Hall. The speech itself lasted barely 15 minutes. Moustapha briefly touched on different policies implemented by the “rogue state of Syria” to move the state in a progressive and secular direction. He also discussed the necessity for Palestinians to gain their human rights and to have a sovereign nation, and again lauded President Barack Obama for seeking a com-

mon ground on which to build global peace. After these brief remarks, he opened the floor for questions from students attending the lecture. The first question concerned the riots in the region. “The stakes are very high for the U.S. and for Mubarak,” Moustapha said. “As the closest Arab ruler to Syria, the events in Egypt affect us as well. But I think our government has a better hold on the country.” From there, the questions turned almost entirely to the topic of Palestine. Students questioned whether Syria would allow the Golan Heights to be divided, whether human rights violations in Syria weaken their stance on the importance of Palestinian rights, what Syria wants for Palestine, and what the U.S. can do to help move the Israel-Palestine conflict forward. With each question, the tension between the audience and the ambassador rose, but Moustapha managed to remain calm throughout the question period. “I am just giving you my frank opinion,” Moustapha said. “I do not believe the U.S. can exert influence on Israel. The proIsraeli lobby controls the congress. I hope I’m wrong, but I think we are going to have to wait for Israel to decide on their own to end this conflict.” At the end of the night, the ambassador apologized if tensions became heated. He explained how he had wanted to give the audience a quintessentially Syrian perspective on the peace process.

POLICE BEAT Medical Emergencies • A student was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center by EMS after suffering a seizure during class at 10:34 a.m. Feb. 4 in Worrell Professional Building. • A student was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at 12:31 a.m. Feb. 5 after falling near steps at Poteat House. The victim suffered a cut to the back of his head. • EMS responded to a call at 1:32 a.m. on Feb.6 at Taylor House. The student was transported from Taylor House to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center due to mental health issues.

Alcohol and Drug Charges • While conducting a traffic stop at 2:30 a.m. Feb. 3 at the entrance to campus at University Park-

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way, a passenger was issued a citation for underage drinking. The driver was also issued a citation for Resist and Obstruct and for failing to stop for the officer. A copy of the report has been sent to the Dean’s Office. • An underage student was found unresponsive and intoxicated by an RA at 12:19 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Luter Residence Hall lounge. The victim was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for treatment. • University Police responded to an unresponsive and intoxicated student at 2:29 a.m. Feb. 5 in Piccolo Residence Hall. The student was cited for underage consumption and brought to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for treatment. • A student was transported from Student Health to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center at 12:29 a.m. Feb. 6 due to intoxication.

South Sudan becomes newest independent state After a vote of 98.83 percent of those registered in southern Sudan, the region decided to separate from the north. Civil wars in Sudan between the Arab north and Christian south have plagued the area for years, but southern Sudan will be an independent state as of July 2011. Independence will be declared following the expiration of the peace treaty that was established in 2005.

World’s largest wheat producer plagued with drought The wheat capital of China, the Shandog Province, has documented only 1.2 centimeters of rain since September. The drought is affecting not only the wheat production, but also people and livestock in the region. Wheat prices have already increased as a result of the dry conditions and inability to send the normal amount of exports. The United Nations Food Agency declared the situation an emergency Feb. 8.

WikiLeaks founder caught in sexual misconduct scandal On Feb. 7, lawyers representing Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, argued that he would not receive a fair trial if he was extradited to Sweden for his sexual misconduct allegations. Accusations were made against Assange last year by two women in Stockholm who volunteered for WikiLeaks. Assange has denied any wrongdoings and claimed he had only consentual relationships with the Swedish women. He claims the allegations come in connections to forces who are trying to punish him for WikiLeak’s actions in acquiring thousands of U.S. government and military documents and posting them online. Lawyers have argued that the Swedish legal system has embraced the feminist view of what constitutes sexual abuse and this will lead to a hostile and unjust environment for Assange’s court case.

Obama advocates for businesses to hire and invest While addressing a crowd of business leaders Feb. 7 at the U.S. Chamber of Conference, President Obama urged companies to let loose the trillions of dollars held in reserve in hopes to promote more sales, higher demands and greater profits. The chamber has strongly opposed Obama’s health care and banking agenda, but is willing to see the opportunity the bills have for business growth. The chamber also questioned the president’s intentions to improve business by doing more to pass free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. Obama’s speech reflects the White House’s conscious effort to advocate business interests.

Old Gold & Black Directory Larceny • Unknown subject(s) entered an unsecured window at 1:05 a.m. Feb. 2 in Reynolda Hall. The case is under investigation, but there are no suspects at this time. • Unknown subject(s) attempted to enter a locked office at 3:42 p.m. Feb. 2 in Worrell Professional Building.

Miscellaneous • University Police informed a victim at 3:42 p.m. Feb. 3 that a student had stolen his identification card. The case is under further investigation. • University Police responded to a call at 4:10 p.m. Feb. 2 in Bostwick Residence Hall after receiving notice of a sexual assault. The victim does not want to press charges.

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magic at 1 a.m. In fact, the only university eatery that stays open "late" is Subway, which closes at 3 a.m. For those of us on the Old Gold & Black staff, who frequently work on the paper late into the night, the lack of nighttime food options is quite aggravating. It would be greatly appreciated if there were somewhere to go and refuel after 3 a.m., or even later, without having to venture off campus in search of snacks or caffeinated beverages. A plethora of universities, including some with significantly smaller student bodies than our own, have at least one 24-hour food service location on campus. With the university committed to making so many changes in the near future, one item that should be placed prominently on the agenda is the lack of eateries that are open late.

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ast Thursday, Ambassador Imad Moustapha of Syria visited the university to give a talk about the Syrian perspective on the prospects for peace in the Middle East. The ambassador began his talk with the charm characteristic of a diplomat, and I thought that I would be in for quite a surprise from this representative of a pseudo-enemy state. What followed, not surprisingly, was a deafening cacophony of white noise. The ambassador said a few words, made a few jokes and then turned the remainder of his time over to the audience. I wondered aloud if Syrian (and Arab in general) criticism of Israel’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territories would carry more weight if the human rights policies of those states were anything less than abysmal. To be clear, I strongly feel that anyone with a conscience deplores the suffering of the Palestinian people — just as anyone with a mind and an even basic understanding knows that Palestinian suffering comes from a variety of sources, many of them non-Israeli. The ambassador’s answer took the form of an assault on Israeli human rights policies and pointing out the fact that the United States interned Japanese-Americans during World War II. I should note that no one in the room publicly defended the Israeli occupation, much less mentioned Japanese internment — but this is the form Moustapha’s answer took. The core of the answer is that the ongoing conflict with Israel means that governments like Damascus must repress human rights because national security is in danger. He asserted that if the Israelis would quit their warmongering, the Middle East would quiet down and Arab states would not have to be so nasty. In doing so, he denies the Arab world its own agency. There are 280 million Arabs in the member states of the Arab League, compared with 7.7 million Israelis — 20 percent who are themselves Arab. How is it that a country the size of New Jersey is preventing democracy throughout the whole Arab world? Moustapha attempted a very familiar trick. He used the suffering of the Palestinians as a political weapon against a state which Syria has despised since Israeli independence in 1948, decades before Syria lost the Golan in a war the Arab states started. The degree of hypocrisy required to

exploit the suffering of the Palestinians in order to put up a smoke screen for a hereditary dictatorship, which has run Syria for half its history, is astounding. Moreover, does the Syrian state have the desire for peace which the ambassador tried to exude? Moustapha correctly stated that the population of the Gaza Strip is suffering. There is no doubt that the blockade, though loosened recently, which Israel imposed following the Hamas takeover, is a source of this suffering. But within Gaza, Hamas has quietly been going about building a mini-theocracy of its own with financial and governmental support from Syria. From closing down a beauty salon for women run by a man to shutting down a U.N.-run summer camp for children deemed “un-Islamic,” Hamas is in the process of creating its own little theocracy in Gaza. Khaled Meshal, head of the Hamas political bureau, runs the organization’s external headquarters openly in Damascus. Perhaps more concerning is the Syrian relationship with Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah. During the 15-year Syrian occupation of Lebanon which ended in 2005, the Syrian government allowed Hezbollah to attack Israel from Lebanese territory, raising regional tensions. The Council on Foreign Relations, in a briefing on Syrian support for terrorist organizations, states that “Iranian arms bound for Hezbollah regularly pass through Syria.” If Syria is so desperate for peace, why is it that Syrian support for organizations that not only carry out attacks against Israel but also threaten the internal stability of Lebanon and cause problems for the internationally recognized representative organization of the Palestinian people, Fatah, continues unabated? The reality is that Arab dictatorships have long used Israel as a way of distracting from difficult questions posed by the Arab public, much as Moustapha tried to use Israel as a way of distracting from the range of difficult questions posed by his audience at this university. Comprehensive peace with Israel would force the Arab states to reckon with latent tensions that no longer have an outlet through the hatred of the Jewish state. The long and rich history of the Syrian people is debauched by the Ba’athist thugs who are in charge of running the country at the moment. The sooner they are overthrown and imprisoned the better — for the United States, Israel and, most of all, the people of Syria. Matt Moran is a junior history major from Pittsburgh, Pa.

“Awarding us district status would reunify us. I can eat more rats before the president if that would make him listen to our plight. “ - John Ojim Omoding, leader of a Ugandan protest, explaining how he plans to eat rats in front of the president, as he did in a past protest in 2005, in an effort to get his home of Tororo to be given nationally recognized district status. “” “These schools have the hallmark of Rio Carnival — lots of passion and lots of people involved. Carnival will go on.” - Eduardo Paes, mayor of Rio de Janeiro, describing the passionate spirit of many Samba groups who lost months worth of work due to a large fire that recently broke out in the region of Rio where Carnival supplies are stored. “” ““The Grand Canal has been snatched.” - La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, proclaiming how, thanks to a new revision to an ancient national law, control of the Venetian canal was transferred overnight from the regional government to the national government in Rome. “” “These devices can be used to come north along the coastline and steer into shore ... where they can meet someone who will pick them up in a vehicle and further their entrance into the United States.” - Michael Jimenez, a spokesman for the San Diego border patrol, discussing a pair of illegal immigrants who were discovered with dive scooters, designed to help them cross the Mexican-American border undetected.


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Consumerism, not game play, defines football’s finale Super Bowl spectacle shifts focus off score

Hamlin Wade Staff columnist

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watched the game Sunday evening, the outcome didn’t matter. If the Steelers had completed a miraculous comeback and scored on their last possession, most of America still wouldn’t be phased. The Super Bowl has evolved into something more than a game; it’s an event. From the halftime show to the commercials to the prop bets and under-the-table wagers, the Super Bowl is a way of life. It is American commercialism, consumerism and egotism at its finest. It’s, well, super. What makes the Super Bowl so memorable? Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a wide variety of answers. To the fanatic, it’s the simple fact that unlike any other major sport in the United States, a team has only one chance to win a title. From the NBA to the MLB to the NHL, competing teams have best of seven series to win a championship, allowing them to play poorly one game only to come back and claim immortality. The NFL is different.

Teams get one shot, one chance to be great. To the consumer, the Super Bowl is great because of the commercials. This year, the rate for a 30 second spot during the Super Bowl meant forking out $3 million. Yet, companies pay because people watch. We were treated to ads featuring Eminem, Justin Bieber, Cuba Gooding Jr. and many others. We saw rookie companies like Groupon bolt onto the scene by belittling the eradication of the rainforest and the whale population. We saw Kim Kardashian roll around half naked with her “trainer” to promote Sketchers. The best commercials of the year air during the Super Bowl, not because they are trying to attract the overweight beer-belly sporting football fan, but because the entire world is watching. For the common or addicted gambler, the Super Bowl also presents a “kid in the candy store” evening. From classic line bets to prop bets, everyone who wishes to lose money may do so. This year, some of the more entertaining bets

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Personal conduct issues plague Pittsburgh and NFL

had nothing to do with the game. People around the United States bet thousands of dollars on the length of the national anthem (over/under one minute and 54 seconds), the color of the Gatorade (the leading candidate was yellow, turns out orange won) and the number of times Brett Favre was mentioned during the game (over/under 2.5, yet surprisingly he wasn’t mentioned until after the game). Once again, the outcome of the game proved to be irrelevant. Gamblers paid more attention to the giant pause and line flub by Christina Aguilera during the performance of the national anthem than they did to the total number of passing yards by Aaron Rodgers. With the looming collective bargaining agreement dispute and the threat of a lockout during the 2011-12 season, the biggest spectacle in sports is under fire. If players and owners don’t reach an agreement over how many millions of unnecessary dollars they should be paid, the most grandiose and important night in sports is in jeopardy. If the NFL cannot reach

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The reality is, I don’t have the least bit of reservation in rooting for my favorite team, because NFL players as a whole make and have always made plenty of mistakes both on and off the football field. I personally think that looking at NFL players as models of upright citizenry is an incredibly unreasonable thing to do. I’m not saying I agree with Roethlisberger, Reed or Holmes’s actions over the years; I wholeheartedly agree with the sanctions and punishment they received as a result of their stupidity. But to hang these players out to dry when there are plenty of other players out there Cory McConnell doing things equally as bad or worse than the Staff columnist Steelers is simply an error of perception. Ray Lewis, who went to trial for allegedly stabbing a man to death (during which every he Pittsburgh Steelers, known mostly witness who saw Lewis commit the crime for being a defensive powerhouse in suddenly and inexplicably changed their mind) the NFL, found themselves having to is now, years later, seen as a decent man who defend something other than their end zone turned his life around despite his mistakes. this year. Michael Vick, in his first full NFL season Even though the team won a hard fought since doing time in jail, is already being match against the Baltimore Ravens in the called the comeback player of the year and divisional playoff round, and then thoroughly sponsors have started rolling back in for the dismantled the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game, the Steelers had the most quarterback. Roethlisberger has made the claim to have trouble defending one thing during the 2010changed his life too — a doubtful proposition. 11 season. But all of this doesn’t really matter. Their reputation. At the end of the day, people care The season was heralded by rumors significantly less about a person’s background and accusations against quarterback Ben than how well they throw a football or how Roethlisberger, stemming from an incident many sacks per game they average, and the in a Georgia nightclub where Roethlisberger sports media is always looking for the next allegedly sexually harassed a woman. obligatory redemption story in the NFL. Even though Big Ben was never charged To build a football culture based on violent with the crime, the league found him guilty of hits and violent play, and then expect those violating their conduct policy and suspended players to be socially perfect is ridiculous. the player for six games (this was later dropped The best example I can think of is the ESPN to four following good segment called “Jacked behavior on Roethlisberger’s Although labelled as a Up,” which showcased the part). thuggish team, the Steelers most violent hits of every Roethlisberger has week. supposedly turned his contribute much to the This season the same life around and started to Pittsburgh community and anchors who once glorified reevaluate his priorities, the hits of the NFL the NFL as a whole. but only time will tell if he publicly crucified players really means that. like James Harrison for His reputation as a simply playing in the same exact way that they person and player in the NFL has taken a nose always have. dive in an organization already known for bad The hypocrisy that permeates the NFL when behavior on and off the field. it comes to this issue is frustrating. Only a few years ago, wide receiver Santonio However, I honestly believe that most NFL Holmes was seen hitting his girlfriend in a players really do the best that they can in restaurant just down the road from where I giving back to their communities off the field. grew up in Pittsburgh. One needs to look no further than the He has since been traded. supposedly thuggish Pittsburgh Steelers. Kicker Jeff Reed is noteworthy for being Underneath their black and gold uniforms, arrested several times over the years, most the NFL players seem to have completely recently in an incident where an intoxicated different personalities. Reed was found in a gas station bathroom Roethlisberger regularly gives appearances assaulting… a paper towel dispenser. I’m not and contributions to a wide variety of charity making this up. events throughout the Pittsburgh area. Reed, too, was released this season (though The defensive menace James Harrison runs admittedly, for poor play rather than poor the James Harrison Family Foundation, which behavior). gives aid to physically disabled children and Even on the field, Pittsburgh has gained a their families. reputation as a thuggish team. Even the alleged murderer Ray Lewis This year, James Harrison was fined tens of runs the RL52 Foundation which helps thousands of dollars for laying brutal hits on provide economic and personal aid to many other players. disadvantaged youths in the Baltimore area. Harrison has done this for years though, Perhaps making these charity contributions and the league’s sudden decision to change the or appearances doesn’t make up for the on game into an offensive shoot out rather than and off the field actions of these players, but showcasing the hard fought defensive battles it could certainly be a step towards the right that fans have enjoyed for years raised the direction for the Steelers and the rest of the eyebrows of a lot of NFL fans. NFL. So, as someone who was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and is an avid Steelers fan, people Cory McConnell is a junior communications sometimes ask me how I can get behind a major from Champions Gate, Fla. team with such apparent thugs for players.

an agreement and the Super Bowl doesn’t take place, we’ll have to rely on the NHL All-Star game for our mid-winter thaw. Brownie points to anyone who can tell me who won this year’s hockey contest. The Super Bowl is more than a game. This year, Packers fans will disagree, just as Saints fans did last year. To the victors, all that matters is the final score, not the first song performed by the halftime group or the number of times Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is shown during the game. But, I say consumerism is the real winner. Give me inappropriate advertising and a halftime show performance of historically embarrassing proportions. You can have your glory Green Bay. I’ll take a Kenny G melodious tune that convinces me to buy the new 2011 Audi any day of the week, especially if it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Until next time America (hopefully), happy consuming.

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U.S. needs to take more proactive stance in Egypt Kevin Sullivan

nature of the United States in foreign affairs should show us that the riots in Egypt need to serve more as a warning that they could feasibly happen anywhere at any time. s the onslaught of news keeps pouring As the “policemen” of the world, the in from across the globe about the United States should be ready for it. political unrest in Egypt, we, as This brings me to my next point. Americans, have the luxury of being able to sit As we, the United States, have been selfover 6,000 miles away and still be reactionary. proclaimed “policemen” for the injustices of We get to hear about the countless riots, the world, we owe it to the countless civilians protests and civilian deaths and sympathize, in northwest Africa to decide on what we disagree or approve of the actions of are going to do about the impeding social thousands of people unhappy with their conflict. government. With the focus of the world currently But as it becomes increasingly more centered on Cairo, the United States has a apparent that President Mubarak will have chance to shine and redeem itself in the eyes to step down in order to save the lives of of many foreign countries, if our actions more Egyptians, can we not assess what indeed help to resolve the matter. has happened, as well as what is currently Plans that the United States have put happening, and apply it to ourselves? As it was once said in the movie A Few Good out are tame and well-intentioned, but as civilians are getting attacked, we now need to Men, “You can’t handle the truth!” determine what we will actually do to help We, as the United States, can’t handle the the people of Egypt. truth — that revolution Innocent reporters can’t or mass demonstration Distance from Egyptian even do their jobs because could easily happen protests prevents Americans in Egypt their lives are anywhere in the world, threatened, yet we get including on our own from taking appropriate the luxury of sitting back soil. action and assuming our and waiting for the next What if thousands of self-appointed “police” role. breaking news story. Americans decided to Rather than just waiting protest our president for the news to break or and another mass of thousands supporting him decided to protest some catastrophic event to unfold, why don’t we, as “the policemen”, do our self-appointed the protesters. job and take a position amidst this turmoil? Would not the same thing happen? Aiding a cause, whatever side it may be, Most consider Egypt to be a predominantly can only, even at the very least, show that the developed country that has access to many United States is vested in the stability and modern technologies. Does the idea of planning protests through security of a potential democratic government in Egypt. social media websites like Facebook and Plus, with Egypt lying in such close Twitter sound like such an unreasonable idea proximity to the Middle East, we can turn to us as college students? this into an excellent opportunity to help What prohibits these sorts of protests our cause and construct better relations with turned riots from happening anywhere else? that area in general, if we are able to fix these Granted, not every country is ruled by an authoritarian president, who happens to have problems correctly and quickly. There are many options and lots of been ruling for the past 30 years, but mass different ways of handling this intense unrest movements by civilians have been occurring in Egypt, but just sitting back and watching since the beginning of civilization. Just in 2009, many students were killed for the news should not be one of them. protesting a disputed election in Iran. Kevin Sullivan is a sophomore history major Protests have occurred throughout history. from Morristown, N.J. In addition, the sometimes imperialistic Guest columnist

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Free agency poises Lebron for championship title runs NBA star’s “Decision” offends sports fans George Ewing Guest columnist

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Heat in a one-hour egotistical special titled “The Decision.” My father brought a particular perspective to the proceedings, as a man who lived in Ohio for multiple years and loved Cleveland sports. “There is no way that he will go on national television to announce that he’s leaving the Cavaliers,” he said. Wrong. Cue burning jerseys, an irate owner and a major loss in public support for the self-anointed “king.” It looked as though James had completely deteriorated his image by the time the expression “taking my talents to South Beach” left his lips. There is no doubt that James left Cleveland the wrong way. He was a narcissistic fool throughout the entire situation, so for all those looking for how to deal with public relations, don’t listen to Team Lebron. Seriously,

who actually thought that going on ESPN to smear your departure in Cleveland’s face would be a good idea? However, at this particular point in the season, his decision looks to be paying dividends. Sure, the Heat have had some troubles; they started out 8-7 and were tormented through “the bump” and also had to deal with animosity between the young coach and his new players. On the other hand, Cleveland started out decent enough; they won their first game of the season and looked to be competitive for a playoff spot. The idea that the city of Cleveland could say “Take that, Lebron!” was prominent in the minds of many. But now, the Heat are rolling while the Cavs are reeling. The Heat are

currently at a record of 36-14, while the Cavaliers are 8-43, in the midst of a 24 game losing streak. The Cavaliers at this time last year were 37-13, supporting James with two stars way past their prime. Now he is paired with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two superstars who looks to be great for years to come. James is now much more poised to make several championship runs. Overall, James made some foolish choices in how he handled his decision, but I’m not the person to judge morality. James has said that he held the “Decision” special to raise money for charity and has not backed down from his pledge. That’s all well and good, but James should “man up” and apologize for

how he handled this free agency debacle. Common sense should have been quite apparent when his marketing team called ESPN to schedule “The Decision.” In the Eastern conference, where the best team, the Boston Celtics, are quickly aging and will likely soon relinquish their dominance, the Heat look to contend for the national championship for many seasons to come. In the end, James’ decision came down to winning multiple NBA championships, and in this regard, it appears that he made the correct choice, even with all of the controversy. George Ewing is a sophomore history major from South Charleston, W. Va.

Maddy Rose Knows | How It Goes

Girls exhibit low levels of self-confidence in academic roles Maddy Rose Staff columnist

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espite the efforts made to equalize opportunities for women in the workplace, the corporate world is still largely male-dominated. Successful women, even though they are just as qualified, are still at a disadvantage. Often, successful women are devalued, underestimated and paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Studies have shown that women need to

perform at extraordinarily high levels just to appear moderately competent when compared to male co-workers. I recently read a blog by psychologist Heidi Halverson where she introduced an interesting point regarding smart and talented women. Halverson believes that one of the toughest hurdles for women to overcome to prove their worth in the workplace lies within themselves; it is a matter of self-confidence and perceived self-efficacy. Women judge their own abilities more harshly, but also fundamentally differently, than men do. Psychologist Carol Dweck found evidence to prove this claim. She conducted experiments designed to observe how fifth grade girls and boys handle confusing

and difficult learning material. Dweck found that bright girls, when presented with material that was foreign or complex, were quick to give up. In fact, the higher the girl’s IQ, the more likely they were to give up. The responses of the boys were exactly the opposite. The boys saw the new material as part of taking on a challenge and found it energizing. Boys were more likely to multiply their efforts rather than giving up. If you observe the student population at the university, you will likely find manifestations of these gender behaviors. It is the girls who start studying for tests or writing their papers a week in advance. Some have color-coded

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notebooks, flashcards, folders, etc. and put large amounts of effort into assignments. Boys, on the other hand, rule at extreme disorganization and procrastination. I commend you guys on getting grades equal to ours, even though you MAY put in significantly less work. What makes bright girls less confident when they have no reason to be? In the studies conducted by Dweck, the girls out-performed the boys in every subject. The only difference was how boys and girls interpreted the difficulty behind the problems they were given. Bright girls were much quicker to doubt their ability and to become less effective learners as a result. Often, girls believe that their abilities are innate and

unchangeable, while boys believe they can develop and improve ability through effort and practice. Girls, who develop selfcontrol earlier and are therefore better at following instructions, are praised for their “smartness” or being “such a good student.” This kind of praise implies that traits like intelligence and cleverness are qualities one either has or lacks. When something is difficult to learn, girls take it as a sign of weakness, while boys take it as motivation to try harder. Because bright girls are more likely to see their current abilities as innate and unchangeable, they grow up to be women who are too hard on themselves and prematurely conclude they don’t have what it takes to succeed in a particular area and give up.

Girls, because of this, we may just be our own worst enemies. How often have you found yourself avoiding challenges and playing things safe, sticking to goals you knew would be easier to reach? Are there things you decided long ago that you could never be good at, no matter how hard you tried? When it comes to mastering any skill, the most important factors are one’s experience, effort and persistence, not necessarily natural com. So for all you “Bright Girls” out there, it’s time to toss out your (false) belief about how ability works, and reclaim the confidence to tackle any challenge you want! Maddy Rose is a freshman psychology major from Raleigh, N.C.


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Road trip carries speaker across country to 30 mosques in 30 days By Yasmin Bendaas | Contributing writer

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Aman Ali spoke Feb. 8 about his cross-country travels, meeting Muslims all over the United States during Ramadan.

Presenting at the university as part of the “30 Mosques Speaking Series – Tales from a Ramadan Road Trip,” Aman Ali introduced the 2010 project that sought to uncover the American-Muslim experience by visiting 30 mosques, each in a different state, in 30 days. The idea began when Ali, along with friend Bassam Tariq, visited 30 mosques in New York City for the month of Ramadan in 2009. “Doing this during the month of Ramadan provided a more vivid experience,” Ali said. For Muslims, Ramadan is a month featuring one of the Five Pillars of Islam – fasting. Throughout the month, it is practice to wake before sunrise for a meal called Suhoor that must sustain fasters until the sun sets in the evening. Throughout the day, the fast involves withholding from eating and from drinking. Generally staying with families in their homes, Ali and Tariq would eat the morning meal and then drive to a mosque in another state, where the fast would be broken with the evening meal, Iftar. The pair traveled over 13,000 miles across the country, averaging about four to eight hours of driving per day. “I work as a stand-up comic so travel is part of the job. After seven or eight days, your body goes into autopilot. The fasting was the easiest part,” Ali said. Ali’s experience as a stand-up comic also greatly influenced the presentation. His lecture was filled with jokes and light-hearted jabs

about various happenings over the course of the trip, including taking the Enterprise rental car secretly out of state, stalkers and an ironically pork-filled menu at a restaurant named “The Sheik Sandwiches: Home of the Camel Rider” in Jacksonville, Fla. “The only thing missing in the sandwich was an American flag and the middle finger,” Ali said. With a background in reporting, Ali was able to extract stories from the Muslims that he met along the

“Fathers working to make better lives for their kids is not a uniquely Muslim narrative. I feel that when we talk about issues relating to our communities it makes us human.”

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way; however, this endeavor proved difficult as Ali and Tariq were staying for less than a day at each location. Yet, soon enough, the purpose of the project that had been at first fairly open-ended became very clear: Ali and Tariq wanted to tell stories. “We realize there is a huge vacuum of Muslim-American storytellers, especially young Muslims,” Ali said. Wanting to show the true experience of Muslims in America, Ali and Tariq set out to show both the positives and negatives. Their per-

sonal experiences and the accounts of those they met were posted to their website, 30mosques.com, via a Broadband-equipped laptop each day. One story covered an Afghani man in Las Vegas who worked in a Casino, though gambling is prohibited in Islam, in order to support his five children. “Fathers working to make better lives for their kids is not a uniquely Muslim narrative,” Ali said. “I feel that when we talk about issues relating to our communities it makes us human.” On the final night of Ramadan, after Tariq shot a picture of a pingpong tournament at the home of a family in Michigan, Ali realized the purpose of his trip. “We captured the essence of Muslims in this country: holiday, family and ping-pong,” Ali said. With the conclusion of the 2010 project, Ali and Tariq are together currently working on a book and documentary. The pair are also collaborating with the State Department for their next major plan, a visit to 30 mosques in 30 days in 30 different countries, a journey that will bring the pair throughout Europe and Africa. The current speaker series at universities and community centers across the United States continues to allow Ali and Tariq to connect to the people they meet and relay the stories they uncovered. “I don’t consider this as much a religious project per se, and I didn’t want to see this project as a response for anything,” Ali said. “At its core, it’s a road trip; it was an adventure.”

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dialysis every day. Jordan would have to hook up the dialysis every night from 11 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next morning. Dr. Freedman also told Jordan and his family that he would need to start the search for a kidney donor. Jordan’s family was tested to see if any of them were matches. Unfortunately, in December the Jordan family found out that none of them were. However, this is just where the story begins. Earlier, Walter had told the Jordan family that if they needed him, he would be a donor. When news reached Walter that no one in the family was a match, Walter began the long process of match testing. On Jan. 28, the first day of spring practice, Walter received the news that he was a match. With the approval and backing of the Wake Forest Athletic staff, the baseball team and his family, Walter scheduled the operation for Feb. 7. “For him (Jordan) to be a freshman in college, not knowing anybody on campus and having to be in a room on dialysis, I think just took an incredible . . . the word I keep coming back to is courage,” Walter said. “When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and we talk about making sacrifices for one another, for our teammates. So, it’s something we take very seriously. And I think this is something anybody would do for a family member. So long as I had the support of my family ... (athletic director) Ron Wellman and Wake Forest University, I knew I could do it. And they have been nothing but great.”

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Though first-year Kevin Jordan (left) has yet to take the field to play baseball for the university, Coach Tom Walter (right) donated his kidney to the player.

“When he told us he was giving Kevin his kidney we were all shocked by his selflessness, but that’s just the kind of guy he is,” senior Eli Robins said. “He cares for all of us like family and while the news shocked us, the fact he was willing to give his kidney exemplifies his character. He is a great coach and a genuine person; I’m lucky to not only have him as a great teacher, but also a true friend.” So far, all indications say that Jordan’s body will accept the kidney. Both Jordan and Walter are recovering well and are expected to be able to leave Emory in a week’s time. Walter hopes to attend the last couple of scrimmages the team plays before baseball season begins, and plans to be in the dugout for the team’s opener at LSU. Assistant Coach Dennis Healy, Assistant Coach Bill Cilento and Volunteer Assistant Coach Grant Achilles will be leading the team while the recovery continues. “He treats his players like he would want to be treated and is fair. He has a good repoire with all the guys, is respectful of them, and they respect him in return. He is a good person. He stands by what he says. Integrity is the word that comes to mind. He’s a good one; as coaches, Billy, Grant and I are extremely proud and humbled to be with him. He’s not only a winner in sports but a winner in life,” Healy said. Jordan’s courage and determination through this struggle is evident in his willingness to attend a college over 400 miles from home, taking challenging classes, practicing when able and battling through dialysis — all with only 8 percent kidney function.

University creates master’s program to address language industry needs By Hilary Burns | Asst. life editor

The department of romance languages will offer a new Master of Arts degree in interpreting and translation studies for fall 2011. The degree will aim to prepare students to work in the growing language industry. This industry includes foreign affairs, media, business, healthcare and law. A task force appointed by Byron Wells, chair of the department, and chaired by Associate Romance Language Professor Olgierda Furmanek, developed the program because of a need for translators and interpreters. Furmanek According to the graduate program’s website, this current lack of interpreters or translators has led the United States Department of Labor to project a 22 percent increase in employment from 2008 to 2018 — faster than any other occupation. The program will offer three master’s tracks including interpreting and translation studies, teaching of interpreting, and intercultural services in healthcare.

Associate Professor of Romance Lan“Students have been expressing the guages Sally Barbour is on the task interest in continuing their studies at force for the new Master of Arts de- the graduate level,” Furmanek said. gree. Furmanek explained that in the last Barbour said the program will attract five years the department has received undergraduates and instructors in lin- over 200 unsolicited inquiries from guistics or language programs, as well across the United States and abroad as established interpreters looking for about possible graduate offerings in an advanced degree in one of the three the area of language industry. tracks. “Provost Jill Tief“Other instituenthaler responded tions of higher very positively to education in the “(This program) reflects the mis- this ground-breakNorth Carolina ing master’s level sion of the university by demsystem have exprogram developonstrating that education and pressed an interest ment initiative as it in offering an un- public scholarship are an integral reflects the mission dergraduate de- part of a professionally oriented of the university by gree in healthcare demonstrating that background.” interpreting, so liberal arts education Ogierda Furmanek we would hope to and public scholarAssociate Professor of Romance attract educators ship are an integral Languages who would enroll part of a professionin a master’s proally oriented backgram that would ground,” Furmanek prepare them to said. teach this curriculum,” Barbour said. Furmanek said the program has also Furmanek said the department of ro- received continued support from the mance languages has been successfully deans of the Wake Forest University offering undergraduate certificates in Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, translation, localization and interpret- Wake Forest College, as well as facing since 2000. ulty from the Wake Forest University In addition, the university offers School of Medicine and the Wake Fordegrees in Spanish for medical profes- est University Schools of Business. sions and in French and Spanish for An integral part of the program will business. include serving underprivileged mi-

nority communities to combine graduate students’ studies in language with mainstream healthcare delivery. The language industry is constantly becoming a more integral component of our society through foreign affairs, media, business and law. Studying language at a higher level will allow unique opportunities that

would otherwise remain unavailable. The ability to analytically interpret and translate another language will allow students to explore foreign markets in the business and healthcare fields. Barbour said the program is currently accepting applications with plans to begin working with students in fall 2011.

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{ NATIONAL STAGE } Super Bowl transformed into super letdown for 400 fans 1,250 people who bought Super Bowl XLV tickets were forced to either move or give up their seats for the big game after safety of the seating arrangement became a concern. The NFL was able to find alternate seating for 850 people, but 400 people were unable to sit in the stadium despite having tickets. To compensate for the debacle, the NFL awarded the 400 fans triple the face value of their tickets, free merchandise and food and drink. They were also able to go onto the field after the game, in which Green Bay topped Pittsburgh 31-25. In addition, they each received tickets for next year’s Super Bowl. The problem arose after time for installation ran out. While the plan itself was approved, workers tried to install the seats up to two hours before kickoff, but they simply ran out of time.

By John Turner | Photo editor Toilet paper dangles from the trees on the Upper Quad, generating an aura of both victory and pride that reminds all students, faculty members and visitors of a recent Deacon win. When looking at a brochure or pamphlet created for prospective students, one of the images you are immediately struck with is the quad after the 2006 ACC Football Championship. If you briefly glance at the image – without paying close attention to what the white material hanging from the tree truly is – you would most likely think this is simply a picture after a monstrous snowstorm. Upon closer study, you would realize that endless strands of toilet paper are what truly wind throughout the limbs. When stepping back and thinking about this tradition, most students do not realize how it originated, or why

we continue to participate in it. As a tour guide, I have some knowledge of the history of the tradition, which was verified by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jennifer Harris. Defeated by Duke, the quad became the target of a friendly vandalizing act. Some students from Durham decided to drive down 1-40 to Wake’s campus, and deface the serene setting with rolls of toilet paper. Wake students received word of this, and devised a plan of their own: the witty students decided to “deface” their own quad by covering the trees with toilet paper. By the time the opposing students arrived on campus, the trees had already been plastered with ply, and the would-be vandalizers realized they had driven to the university for no reason. As Harris said, “it was a clever moral victory and the start of a new

tradition.” Anthony Williams, a graduate from the class of 2010 and current Wake Forest Fellow, was a member of the 2006 Orange Bowl team, indirectly responsible for one of the most memorable rolled quads. When asked what his favorite memory of this tradition is, he responded immediately with an anecdote of his personal experience when the team returned from the 2006 championship game. The next morning, he vividly remembers walking around the quad, taking pictures of the toilet paperladen trees – surrounded by bunches of oranges and orange juice – in an attempt to capture the moment. Harris attended the game, and was not around for the physical celebration, but remembers watching the YouTube clips of the celebration on the Quad afterwards. It seems as if every member of the Wake Forest community – whether

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Turnovers and missed threepointers were the downfall for the Demon Deacons, as the lead would swell to 28 points at 59-31. The final score was 73-46. Wake was led in scoring by senior forward Brittany Waters, who added nine points. Freshman center Lindsay Wright chipped in with a team-high six rebounds and five points. From the three-point line, the Deacs shot a horrid 4-23 (17.4 percent), and offset their rebounding advantage (35-32) with a season-high 27 turnovers, which lead to 33 UVA points. “We had a couple of good stretches in there, but just like a lot of our other games, we just didn’t put it together for 40 minutes,” Petersen said.

There is a certain satisfaction in life when one comes upon a situation where no words can encapsulate the true feelings of a particularly poignant moment. I recently found myself in such a position, that, to some, may seem to be an odd location – while attending my first Premier League football game at Fulham’s Craven Cottage. As a diehard sports fan, one of my first stops after skipping across the pond (after the pub of course) was to a game featuring teams from the top flight of the English football pyramid. I set out to the Cottage to watch the home team, the Fulham F.C. Cottagers, take on the visitors, the Stoke City Potters. The game, by English football standards at least, was not an overly exciting matchup. It pitted a team attempting to fend off relegation (demotion) in Fulham, against an upstart but boring Stoke team who frequently grabs points on the road simply by “parking the bus” in front of their own goal while playing for a draw. Yet, for an American who has attended hundreds of sporting events in the states, but never one abroad, it was an exhilarating experience. The modest façade of the Cottage amidst the middle-class borough of Hammersmith and Fulham provided a comfortable and somewhat sleepy feel to the stadium. This is a concept apparently foreign to most American franchises when building “state-of-theart” athletic facilities, complete with triple- decker stadium seating and 100 yard-long video screens. Even being an avid soccer fan, I was not expecting

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Junior runner Tom Morrison ran the one mile race in the Virginia Tech Elite Feb. 4, and finished in fourth place as he shattered his personal record by more than four seconds. Morrison was one of many track and field members to have an impressive showing, but he was the Morrison only Demon Deacon in the one mile race. He ran the mile in a time of 4:06.11. Morrison will look to keep improving on his time heading into the ACC Championships Feb. 24.

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a student, faculty member or regular Deacon fan from town – holds one vivid memory of rolling the quad. This demonstrates the true nature behind this tradition. It is more than a way to physically mark a Deacon victory. In reality, it is a way for friends to gather and share an experience that will forever be ingrained in their memories. As both Harris and Williams iterate, the quality of this tradition that is truly special is that even if you are not directly affiliated with the university, you can still play an important role in decorating the quad. Williams added that local families gather to participate, indicating that at times there are “toilet paper monsters,” or young toddlers covered in toilet paper in attempt to mimic the college students they look up to.

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Several members of the women’s basketball squad look on from the bench in Wake Forest’s 73-46 road loss to Virginia. The Deacs rebounded with a win at Virginia Tech Feb. 6. By Riley Johnston | Staff Writer

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The women’s basketball team had a pair of games in Virginia last week, both having decidedly different outcomes. On Feb. 3, the Deacs traveled to Charlottesville, Va., to take on the University of Virginia Cavaliers. UVA forced the Deacs into 27 turnovers and easily won the game 73-46. The Deacs bounced back Feb. 6, getting their first road win of the season with a 60-55 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies. Head Coach Mike Petersen’s squad now sits at 1213 (3-6 in the ACC), with two tough

games against Duke and Florida State coming up. Against UVA (13-11, 2-6), the Deacs fell behind 10-4 early but fought back to tie the game at 15 at the eight minute mark. The Cavaliers then scored nine straight points to take a 24-15 lead, as Wake failed to score for the next five minutes. The nine-point lead was sustained by the Cavaliers, and they led 29-20 at halftime. The Cavaliers came out strong again in the second half to push their lead to 39-24 exactly 15 minutes into the game. Any comeback that the Deacs had on their mind was dashed by Cavaliers guard Ataira Franklin, who scored seven straight points in a span of two minutes to give the home team their first lead of more than points at 48-27.

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C.J. Harris By Jim Simpson | Contributing writer Sophomore point guard C.J. Harris was the only returning starter for the men’s basketball team this season. Harris is a Winston-Salem native who took over leadership of the team with senior co-captain Gary Clark. This season, Harris leads the Deacs in assists, 3.7 per game, while contributing an average of 10.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He has made 42.7 percent of his field goals, 39 percent of his three-pointers and 81.5 percent of his free throws this season. As a freshman, Harris started 21 games, averaging 9.9 points per game and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team. What other schools recruited you and what made you choose Wake Forest? Clemson, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Oklahoma. I chose Wake Forest because I was already familiar with most of the guys and the coaches, and it’s a great academic school. Also, it’s close to home so my family can come watch me play.

Duke, Carolina, Maryland or N.C. State, those are big rivalries for us. Last year you were named to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. Do you have a secret to balancing the demands of Division I athletics and the demands of a Wake Forest education? No. (He laughs.) It just takes a lot of staying up late hours – listening to the tutors, meeting with them and coordinating with them as much as possible. How did you handle the transition of coaching staffs for this season? It made it easier that our assistant coaches from last year stayed. Yeah, we lost the head guy (Dino Gaudio), but still we’ve got Coach (Jeff) Battle and Coach (Rusty) LaRue. It made the transition a lot easier because the entire staff wasn’t completely gone. The most difficult thing was just having to trust the new head coach (Jeff Bzdelik). Coach Gaudio gained my trust and that’s one of the reasons I committed here.

What was it like going from being the youngest startDo you feel any added pressure playing in your er last season to the only returning starter this season? hometown? It was actually kind of weird. I’m only a sophomore, Maybe a little bit. You always want to play well in but I feel like a veteran out there sometimes. I just feel front of your family. like I have more responsibilities as a leader on the court. I mean, last year I didn’t really have to think much, I just What is your favorite thing the Screamin’ Demons had to play my role. do at home games? This year I have a bigger role, I have to make sure the My favorite thing is probably when they dress up, es- guys are together. pecially at the Duke game. We had all kinds of outfits in there; I think I saw a mustard guy. How do your goals from the beginning of the season compare to what they are now? Are they different in Is there a particular basketball player who you try to any way? emulate? Not necessarily. The way I look at it is with each step I Not necessarily. There’s a few guys I like watching. just want us to get better as a team. Each practice, each Kobe (Bryant) is my favorite player right now. time in the weight room and each game, I just want to Of course, Michael Jordan is my favorite of all time. get better. I also try to watch Chris Paul and other good point guards to see what they do. What do you think is the best part of your game and what part do you most want to improve? What are your favorite activities besides basketball? The best part of my game would probably be getting I love movies, whether it’s renting movies, just watch- into the lane; I think I can penetrate pretty well. I probing HBO or going to the theater. I’m a guy who likes to ably have to work on finishing a little bit more and getchill and watch movies a lot. ting stronger. Is there any team or player in the ACC with whom What are your aspirations after Wake Forest? you have a particular rivalry? Hopefully continue my basketball career, wherever There’s no player that I have a rivalry with. Every that might be. If not I’d like to do something with game we play is pretty packed. Of course when we play sports.

Personal Profile Birthdate: 2/19/1991 Year: Sophomore Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C. Position: Guard Awards and Titles: ACC All-Freshmen Team; Four-time ACC Rookie of the Week honoree; All-ACC Academic Team; 2009 Associated Press All-State First Team; 2009 Central Piedmont Conference Player of the Year

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there to be a drastic difference between the environment at an American sporting event and an English football match. I could not possibly have been farther off. The atmosphere of the game was better than any game I have ever attended in the states. Beginning around 20 minutes before the opening kickoff, chants from the top of the Hammersmith Stand began to pour in and with very little

exception, continued for the rest of the match. Stereotypical epithets were shouted from nearly every corner of the Cottage, and I can quite honestly say I heard the term “wanker” more in one two-hour sitting than I have encountered in the rest of my life combined. Our seats were located only four rows from the field in the North Stand, 20 to 30 feet away from the corner flag. These seats are the same one might find in the end zone at American football games, in that the angle is low enough to see the length of the field.

At the same time though, it provides one of the best viewing spots in all of sports. One is so close to the action that spectators in the area would find themselves daydreaming about playing on the field and having the opportunity to score that one goal that puts the home team ahead to stay. Fulham opened up the scoring midway through the first half when American Clint Dempsey nudged the ball across the goal line and nearly every fan in attendance broke into a half hug, half jump celebration

comparable to a basketball buzzer beater. When Dempsey broke away again in the second half and split a double team before drawing a penalty, the game was all but over. Clint coolly slotted away the penalty to provide the Cottagers a commanding two-goal lead. When full time hit, The Cottagers found a 2-0 victory and this American had a newfound respect for the artistic delight of “joga bonito,” or “The Beautiful Game.” Never again will I question the English perspective that football is a

religious experience. For at least one Saturday afternoon, I too found that football was my religion and Craven Cottage was my church. Being abroad is about expanding personal horizons and experiencing newfound passions. It would be foolish of me to provide a list of endeavors for any serious sports fan to undertake while in England if I left out attending a Premier League football match. Undoubtedly, there is no comparable experience in the realm of American sports.

Deac Notes Baseball America recognizes Brooks as a Top 50 senior

Men’s soccer releases 2011 spring schedule of six games

Mydlowska named King Fisher Student-Athlete of the Week

On Feb. 3, Baseball America released their list of professional prospects for 2011. Wake Forest senior outfielder Steven Brooks was ranked No. 21 among this year’s seniors. Additionally, he was the fifth-ranked senior prospect in the ACC and the sixth-ranked senior outfielder. Brooks is a career .299 hitter with 13 home runs and 86 RBIs. He is also ninth all-time in Wake Forest history with 49 career stolen bases. The Wyckoff, N.J. native was also selected in the 17th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs.

The Wake Forest men’s soccer spring schedule was announced Feb. 3. The Deacons will play five home matches and one away match, beginning with a home game against the Carolina Railhawks. The Railhawks are members of the USSF Division II Professional League. The Deacs will take on three Division I schools at Spry Stadium. They will play High Point, Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. They will also face Canada’s University of Windsor at home March 19. The lone away game will be April 9 when they travel to Morgantown, W. Va. to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Wake Forest junior tennis player Anna Mydlowska was named the Student-Athlete of the Week by the King Fisher Society Feb. 4. This honor is given to a student-athlete who has shown excellence both on and off the field. The Warsaw, Poland, native is majoring in health and exercise science and has made the Dean’s List every semester at the university. She aspires to attend medical school. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, Mydlowska went 4-6 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles. Mydlowska’s junior season has seen her post an impressive 8-3 singles record, and she has gone 5-3 in doubles play.


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Men’s tennis battles flu, weather in rough weekend By Laven Newsom | Staff writer

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Senior Jonathan Wolff was unable to help the Deacs pick up a win last week. He is ranked 45th in singles by the ITA.

It was a tough weekend for the men’s tennis team up north as they battled not only Michigan and Michigan State, but also weather and flu. The Deacs lost a pair of matches against the Wolverines and Spartans, both by a score of 1-6. “In a small team sport like tennis when so many players are under the weather it makes it extremely difficult,” Head Coach Jeff Zinn said. First up for the Deacons was a tough match in Ann Arbor against 23rdranked Michigan who were riding high after a win only a few days earlier over a Top 25 foe, Virginia Tech. Wake looked liked it had overcome the rash of illnesses as they were able to take the early lead after winning two of three doubles matches to take the doubles point. Sophomore Connor Sherwood saw his first dual-match action of the season as he partnered with senior Iain Atkinson at No. 3 doubles, posting an 8-6 victory. The Wolverines then evened up the match at the No. 1 position, posting a tight 8-5 decision over senior Jonathan Wolff and sophomore Danny Kreyman. Thus it all came down to the No. 2 doubles position as Wake needed the win from sophomore Zach Leslie and junior David Hopkins. The pair did not disappoint as they won 8-5 to give the Deacs momentum going into singles play. Unfortunately for the Deacons, things did not go as planned in singles

play; Michigan was able to sweep all six singles and claim victory. At the No. 1 position, Wolff looked like he had regained his form posting a 6-2 victory in the first set; however, he would fade down the stretch as he dropped the next two sets. At the second singles position, Atkinson, struggling under the weight of illness and an arm injury, could not carry over his momentum from the early doubles win as he dropped consecutive sets. Kreyman had the closest of the matches at the third position; he dropped the initial set but rallied in the second taking an 8-6 victory in the tiebreaker and forcing a third set. Like the second set, the third would also go to a tiebreaker, but Kreyman was unable to repeat his success of the previous set as he dropped the tiebreaker by a score of 5-7. Winston-Salem’s own Hopkins also pushed his opponent to three sets from the fourth position, but he ultimately came up short, as did Leslie at No. 5 and sophomore Amogh Prabhakar at No. 6. “Obviously this wasn’t the result that we were looking for, but we had a chance to win this match and I’m proud of how the guys played,” Zinn said. Following this tough loss, the Deacs made the short trip north to face the undefeated Spartans in East Lansing. Again, the Deacs found themselves severely depleted as the illness that had been affecting Wake the previous weeks resurfaced. Sophomore Tripper Carleton and several other players were not available for the match. The Deacs were unable to win the doubles point and secure

early momentum, as they had in Ann Arbor. Wolff and Kreyman at the first position were the only team that could come up with the win. Going into singles already down a point, the depleted Deacs knew they needed early wins to swing momentum to their side; however, they were ultimately unsuccessful as Sherwood was the only Deacon able to pull out the victory, winning in straight sets in the last singles position. Wolff dropped his second consecutive three-set match at the first position. Atkinson lost in straight sets at No. 2, and Kreyman once again pushed his opponent the distance in back-to-back tiebreaker sets before ultimately falling in the third. “Danny (Kreyman) had a tough weekend, he was in control in both matches and just let it get away,” Zinn said. Then Hopkins and Prabhakar failed to pull out the victory at the fourth and fifth positions, respectively. With the loss, the Deacs found themselves in unfamiliar territory at 1- 3, marking the first time since 2004 that Wake dropped below .500. “The good thing is we’re home now, we have our medical staff and the guys went to student health when we got back last night,” Zinn said. Next up for Wake is a home date with VCU Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. followed by a second consecutive home match against the LSU Tigers at 12 p.m. Feb. 20. The Deacs are hoping some key players, including one of the team’s best recruits, Adam Lee, and Carleton, can return from illness and injury for the team’s next few matches.

Shorthanded Deacs hang tough in 6-1 loss to Notre Dame By Gary Pasqualicchio | Sports editor

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Looking to score their biggest upset of the season, the Wake Forest women’s tennis team fell in a tough 6-1 match to No. 12 Notre Dame Feb.8 at the Indoor Tennis Center. The 54th-ranked Deacs entered the highprofile matchup 2-1 on the season after wins over Winthrop and East Tennessee and a loss to Virginia in non-conference play. Notre Dame had been ranked in the ITA Top 5 early this season. The Fighting Irish came out firing, hungry for a bounce-back win, and quickly captured the doubles point by winning second and third doubles 8-6 and 8-3, respectively. Hanging tough at first doubles, No. 83 junior Martina Pavelec and junior Kayla Duncan fell 9-8 (7-5) to the Irish’s Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews. Duncan was playing without her normal partner, sophomore Kathryn Talbert, who has sat out the past two matches, missing multiples practices due to illness and injury. Duncan and Talbert are ranked 14th in the country as a team. Head Coach Jeff Wyshner expects the duo to be reunited in time for the team’s next match. “Any time you break up the 14th-ranked doubles team in the country, it obviously hurts your doubles,” Wyshner said. “Martina and Kayla are very good as well but it impacts our third

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Junior Ryann Cutillo fires a forehand against her Notre Dame opponent in a 6-1 loss Feb. 8. Cutillo was the only Demon Deacon to win her singles match. doubles where Martina would be a dominant player and (now) she (has to) move up to the No. 1 spot.” Notre Dame’s depth throughout the singles lineup propelled them to an insurmountable 4-0 lead. No. 106 Irish freshman Jennifer Kellner took out sophomore Anna Mydlowska, 6-1, 6-3 to open the singles action at the fifth spot. Duncan, playing up a spot at second singles, fell 6-3, 6-2 to the 104th-ranked player in the country, and freshman Brigita Bercyte was dispatched by the same score in her second collegiate match.

Wake Forest’s veterans continued to fight, picking up one point and almost getting another two. Pavelec missed the biggest win of her career by a few crucial points, falling in a third set tiebreaker to No. 9 Frilling 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9). The Stuttgart, Germany, native will have to wait for another of many upcoming opportunities to pick up a win over a top opponent this season. Seven of the Top 20 singles player in the nation remain on the Deacs’ schedule. Senior Emilee Malvehy, who has been playing at a career-best level, hung tough with Notre

Dame’s No. 79 Kristen Rafael before falling 7-5, 6-4. The 5-foot-11 native of Auburn, Calif., already has a win over a ranked opponent in singles and doubles this season, each coming in a 5-2 loss to UVA. Junior Ryann Cutillo, with her team in an inescapable 6-0 hole, found herself in a tight third set with the 78th-ranked player in the country. Cutillo had won the first 6-2, but was steamrolled 6-1 in the second. She pulled off the biggest win of her career, coming back from a 4-0 deficit in the final set to win it 6-4. “You’re excited when you see a player who works really hard have something positive happen in a match situation,” Wyshner said. “We believe if we keep working hard in practice we’re going to see wins that are the best players have had.” With the loss, Wake Forest drops to 2-2 on the young season and 9-12 all-time against the Irish. The Deacs continue their tough non-conference slate when they head to Knoxville, Tenn., to face the No. 11 Tennessee Volunteers Feb. 13. The Deacons saw the bottom half of Tennessee’s lineup at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational where Wake took it to the Vols. However, with Tennessee’s top two players out at the ITA Singles Championship, Wyshner knows the team will be much tougher this time around. Wyshner believes the squad is ready to break out and pull an upset. “If you look at our schedule for the year, it’s probably one of the toughest schedules possible,” Wyshner said. “If we put it all together, I think we’re right there.”


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Season Preview | Men’s and women’s golf

Women will fight to defend ACC crown; men hope to reach NCAAs By Steven Johns | Staff writer

While the sun is still not shining, the Wake Forest golf teams are set to begin another year of dominance in the ACC. The women’s team is the reigning ACC champion and is set to kick off its spring season in southern California at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. When the team travels to California Feb. 15 they will face a deep field, consisting of many Pac-10 teams. The Demon Deacons are currently ranked No. 14 in the nation, according to the National Golf Coaches Association Coaches Poll. The high ranking is due to the experience on the Deacs’ roster. Four golfers are returning from last year’s ACC championship team: senior Natalie Sheary, senior Allie Bodermann, junior Cheyenne Woods and sophomore Michelle Shin. “I think we have a good team this year,” Head Coach Dianne Dailey said. “We have some experience with Natalie Sheary. She won the futures qualifier back in the fall. Michelle Shin is playing extremely well right now and Cheyenne Woods had the lowest scoring average on the team last year.” With Bodermann providing experience and sound play, Dailey said this year’s team has a solid foundation. “That’s our core group of folks,” Dailey said. “I think they’re stepping it up a little bit, working hard.”

After winning the ACC last year, the fall season resulted in some disappointment. The Demon Deacons didn’t finish in the top 5 in four tournaments and had a best finish of only eighth place. Dailey said that the biggest problem the Deacs are facing is the short game. “We hit the ball very well in the fall, but we didn’t capitalize on making the putt,” she said. “We’re really concentrating on green reading right now and speeds of putts, just trying to get our short games down.” The team has been taking advantage of its practice facility this season, using the Sam’s Putt Lab and the Aim Point to perfect its game on the greens. The Sam’s Putt Lab technology allows the team to analyze each player’s alignment, impact position and path of putt, a difficult task to do with the naked eye. The Aim Point allows the team to practice reading greens and finding specific break points in them. “What we try to do when we go out there is to see what we need to work on,” Dailey said. “It’s a very demanding course as far as managing it and playing target golf and trying to figure out where you want to hit the ball. “We’re going to have to play really well to defend our title at the ACCs, but I think we can do that,” Dailey said.

The men’s team is looking to continue a good fall season with another successful spring. Wake Forest lost Byron Nelson Award winner Brendan Gielow to graduation, but is now being led by junior Lee Bedford and sophomore Evan Beck. Sophomore Charlie Harrison and freshman John Varol finish up in the top four, with senior Justin Bryant and freshman Beau Cutts fighting for the fifth spot in the lineup. “I think we’ve got a lot of fire power,” Head Coach Jerry Haas said. “Evan and Lee are very good up top.” According to the Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches Poll, Wake Forest is entering the spring season ranked 25th in the nation.The top 25 ranking is a product of four top 5 finishes and a sixth place finish in the fall season. Bedford led the Deacs this fall, finishing in the top 10 of each tournament in the fall season. Beck was close behind Bedford, finishing in the top 10 three times. The bottom of the Wake Forest lineup has also been a great contributor to the team’s success. “I think the guys at the top are getting better and I think the guys down at the bottom will be better too,” Haas said. Haas has been especially impressed with the contributions of Varol, who has played in each event this season with an average round of 74.9. While a few players have yet to meet their full potential, consistency up and

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The women’s golf team will try to win its third straight ACC Championship with the help of four returning players. down the lineup has brewed confidence in the Demon Deacons. “It’s an adjustment, it takes each man some time to fall into place and hopefully each and every event we’ll get better and by the time we get to ACCs we’ll be ready to go,” Haas said. Wake Forest has already begun the spring season with a sixth place finish

at the JU Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Fla. At the famed Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, the team shot rounds of 301 and 296 and fell behind early. Wake Forest struggled on the final day as well, shooting a 297. With its success in the fall, however, the Deacs have a lot to look forward to in subsequent tournaments.

Deacons build on strong spring season at Virginia Tech Elite By Maggie Cancelosi | Staff writer

In one of their last meets of regular season competition, the Wake Forest track and field team traveled to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Elite Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. Competing against ACC rivals like Clemson, Maryland and Georgia Tech, the Deacs also faced off against other strong programs such as Florida, Georgia and Louisville. On the first day of the meet, there were several notable performances by the men. In the 800 meter run, four Deacons placed in the top 20. Sophomore Nate Guthals finished in 10th place with a time of 1:54.95. While sophomore Sean Lunkenheimer specializes in the 400 meter hurdles, he transitioned well into the 800 meter with a time of 1:55.21. Teammates freshman Kyle Eager and sophomore Anthony Marois finished within 32 seconds of each other to take 17th and 19th places, respectively. Despite being the only Deacon competing in the one mile run, junior Thomas Morrison received his personal best time at 4:06:11 and finished in fourth place, less than four seconds behind the winner, N.C. State’s Ryan Hill. In the 3000 meter run, senior Marcus Dillon set the tone by achieving a new personal best at 8:26.20. Dillon was also the first of the Deacs to finish in 12th place. In his first collegiate event, freshman Alexander Rose took 14th place at 8:29.56. Senior Tom Divinnie came in at 8:44.75. With his second consecutive top 5 finish in the indoor season, junior decathlete/pole vaulter Trey Blanton hit a mark of 15-3 in the pole vault and took fifth place.

Anna Nosenko, who has received many AllACC honors, finished first in 9:18.99. Nosenko improved her previously best time by .14, while teammates freshman Nicole Irving, freshman Melanie Powers, sophomore Allison Homer and junior Marley Burns all finished in the top 20. In the long jump, junior Erin Brooks set a new personal best jump of 18-0.5 and took 11th, while in the weight throw, junior Carmen Green also set a personal best throw of 47-6.5. On Saturday, senior Tyler Dodds stole his second top 10 finish of the season in the 400 meter dash. Coming in third, he also set a new personal best time of 48.70. Dodds then represented the Deacs along with sophomore Sean Lunkenheimer, Alex Hill and junior Kevin Smith in the 4x400 relay. The team finished in ninth place and reached Wake’s best time this season at 3:19.71. “The whole point of this year has been to come Photo courtesy of Media Relations back and stay healthy,” Dodds said. “Last season, I had my second hip surgery and didn’t start The Wake Forest track and field team has improved each meet of the season. racing until the end of the indoor season.” The squad will head to Lynchburg, Va., for the Liberty Quad Meet Feb. 11. “I want the team to run well, and I think that sparks from a good 4x4 because once people start Fellow junior decathlete long jumper Alex Hill the 60 meter dash and continues to represent the running better as individuals, we start running took 10th place while making his best jump of Deacons well in sprints. Teammate sophomore better as a group.” the season at 21-4.75. Myesha Barr, who previously held the school In the shot put, junior Michael Wooten had his The women also maintained their impressive record, turned in a time of 7.87. career-best throw at 43-10 and took 16th. consistency of personal bests and strong Following the 60 meter dash, freshman Mytoia Freshman Allison Johnson was the only performances on the first day of competition. Gathings then placed 15th in the 200 meter dash individual to compete in the 400 meter dash and In the preliminaries of the 60 meter dash, open with a time of 25.05. placed 11th, while junior Sarah Brobeck was also freshman Mytoia Gathings placed 15th in the Junior Casey Fowler was the only Deacon to the lone Deac in the shot put and placed 17th. event with a time of 25.05. Gathings, a Winston- perform in the one mile run and finished in 13th The Deacons will next compete in the Liberty Salem native, has also broken the school record in place at 5:09.21. In the 3000 meter run senior Quad Meet in Lynchburg, Va., Feb 11.

Special Feature | Football recruiting class

Grobe fills “long-range needs” with this year’s recruiting class By Evan Turner | Contributing writer

Despite leading the Demon Deacons to a disappointing 3-9 record this season, Head Coach Jim Grobe has brought in 14 promising recruits, 11 of which are three star caliber. The highlight members of the latest recruiting class include quarterback Kevin Sousa, defensive end Godspower Offor and athlete Airyn Willis. Sousa (6-3, 207), who decommitted from the University of Michigan in December, was the runner-up for Florida’s 3A Mr. Football. He threw for over 2,200 yards and ran for over 1,000 yards as a senior. Sousa is the 23rdranked quarterback in the nation, according to ESPN. Offor (6-2, 220), another Florida native, was a nominee for the U.S. Army All-American game and Willis (6-2, 175), a former quarterback, will most likely be playing wide receiver for the Deacs. Wake signed two running backs in Orville Reynolds (5-8, 175) and DeAndre Martin (63, 195). Reynolds missed the final four games of his senior year but managed to rush for over 550 yards in five games. Martin ran for 10 touchdowns and averaged over six yards per carry as a senior. The rest of

the offensive recruits include linemen Dylan Intemann (65, 300), Hunter Goodwin (66, 290) and Cody Preble (6-5, 315). Intemann and Goodwin were named to the Maryland and North Carolina All-State teams, respectively. On the defensive side of the ball, Wake signed another defensive end in Desmond Floyd (6-5, 235), a native of South Carolina. With starting linebackers Hunter Haynes and Matt Woodlief graduating, Grobe needed to recruit players to fill these key positions. He did so by signing three powerful linebackers: Andre Wiggins (6-2, 200), Josh Hunt (6-2, 205) and Brandon Chubb (6-0, 240). Wiggins and Hunt are natives of Texas. Hunt graduated from the same high school as senior Deacon running back Josh Harris. Chubb made first team All-Region from his high school in Powder Springs, Ga. The other defensive recruits include defensive back Allen Ramsey (5-11, 165) and Sherman Ragland (6-1, 195). Radland was named Conference Defensive Player of ethe Year at safety and was also named to the first team All-Conference at wide receiver. Outside linebacker Jordan Pineda (6-2, 215) has given his

verbal commitment but has not yet signed his letter of intent. Overall, six Demon Deacon signees are from Florida, three from North Carolina, two from Texas and one from Georgia, South Carolina and Maryland. With only five starters graduating from the university in the spring, there may not be much room for immediate impact in the lineup for these recruits. “Hopefully we’re not going to have to count on these guys to play in a hurry, but this is a class that is pretty balanced and I think we have filled some longrange needs,” Grobe said at a recent press conference. “I think this is a very talented class that’s going to give us an opportunity to develop.” Contrary to Grobe’s statements, Rivals.com ranks Wake’s recruiting class 10th in the ACC. Only Duke and N.C. State put together lower-ranked classes in the ACC. According to ESPN, Florida State turned in the best recruiting class in the conference and the best overall class nationally, with 29 players signing. Among those 29 recruits include two five star recruits and thirteen four star recruits. The Clemson Tigers had the second-best class in the ACC and the eighth-best in the nation.Both UNC-Chapel

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Kevin Sousa headlines the 2010-11 Wake football recruiting class. Sousa, the 23rd ranked QB prospect, accounted for 3,200 total yards as a senior. Hill and Virginia also turned in solid classes that earned them a spot in the top 25 nationally. Alabama had the No. 1 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com, which marks the third time in the past four years they have turned in the best class nationally. The Crimson Tide snagged the third overall prospect in offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandijo, who had originally

given his verbal commitment to the defending national champion, the Auburn Tigers. The top-prospect, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, remains unsigned and is considering the Crimson Tide, along with South Carolina and Clemson. Other schools whose classes were ranked in the top 10 nationally include Texas, USC, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Oregon and Notre Dame.

Although Wake Forest did not turn in an elite recruiting class compared to other perennial powerhouse programs, or even other ACC teams, Grobe remains optimistic. “This is a group that is highlighted by good character and athletic ability,” he said. “I am excited about the future of our program with these young men competing on Saturdays as Deacs.”


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By Caroline Murray | Staff writer Although couples should theoretically be showing their love every day, the good thing about Valentine’s Day is that it is the one day each year specifically dedicated to expressions of appreciation and affection. To get your creative juices flowing, here are some creative recommendations for celebrating your connection with that special someone.

DATES Let’s face it: people don’t really date anymore. Chivalry is not quite dead yet, but I think it is safe to say that hooking up and/or hanging out are far more prevalent than dating nowadays. So, in the spirit of the holiday, here are a few ways to spend quality time together: DIY dinner: Dinner reservations are nearly impossible to get on Valentine’s Day so why not be a little more personal and make dinner yourselves? Top it off by baking your own sweet recipes for dessert. Day at the spa: Enjoy a relaxing back massage together (Selah in Winston-Salem offers $40 one-hour Swedes). Or you can split it up to drive the cost down, with facials or manicures for her and a deep sports massage for him. A weekend outdoors: A nature excursion provides the perfect combination of adventure and romance. Hike for a day up at Pilot Mountain and enjoy the scenic view from the top. Or you may be inclined to go for a bike ride, have a picnic in the park or (getting more kiddish and nostalgic) find a local playground and relive the free-spiritedness of childhood bliss.

Progressive dinner: If you are disaster-prone when it comes to cooking, ignore option one and try a progressive dinner: one place for drinks, another for appetizers, somewhere different for entrees, and an ice cream parlor for dessert. Driving range: If your man is a fan of the game, this will not only be an activity he’ll love, but he will also get much pleasure out of showing you how to drive the ball. Take in a show: If you feel like a little more than a movie, go to a professional dance performance, concert, sports game or make your own show by hitting up a karaoke bar. Dollar store: Go to the nearest dollar store and peruse all of the ridiculous Valentine’s Day decorations and cheap gifts they have in stock. Feel free to gush over their cuteness, mock their uselessness or splurge on uber cheap red and pink entertainment. Tour the city/walk around: There’s something to be said about the simplicity of walking through downtown at night, hand-in-hand with your loved one. It’s just the two of you, nothing else, walking and talking and enjoying just being with one another. If you want to make it a little more

fun, find an outdoor ice rink and skate around for a bit. Window shopping: Can’t afford lingerie? Hit up Victoria’s Secret and try on all their expensive stock options without buying a thing. Let him watch you model it; very risqué, yet fun. Dancing: Doesn’t matter if it’s ballroom, club or swing; you’ll have an amazing time with him or her while doing something classy and timeless in the dating world.

FLYING SOLO? Some say that Valentine’s Day is a Hershey Company and Hallmarkinvented holiday designed to slap single folk in the face. Do not let them win! Valentine’s Day can also be a celebration of being single and free of any kind of commitment, which allows us to focus more on ourselves and what we want in life. How can you spend this day that’s commercially designed for couples? It’s all about enjoying yourself. Mark off this holiday as the one day where you can do anything you want or just do something with friends and enjoy not being tied down in any way. All the single ladies!

Our culture does not look positively at people who block off some “me” time and enjoy being alone sometimes. But think of how much fun you can have pampering yourself or spending time with friends! Here are some suggestions: - Intimate dinner with a couple of friends, or even an Un-Valentine’s Day Party - Read a book next to the fireplace with a nice cup of hot chocolate - Road trip to anywhere because you are single and you can do that - A candlelit bubble bath with soothing music and a glass of wine - Get all dressed up and go out with your best single girlfriends for a night on the town - Plan for ways to start a relationship with your crush.

GIFT IDEAS For women, almost anything simple or pretty or romantic will have us falling head over heels with giddiness and giggling. For men, however, the path to their hearts is often through food, sports, beer, women (hopefully, you can fulfill that quota). To make them even more special, look into personalization or engraving services; it will always be theirs, and they’ll always think of you.

FOR HER - classic love letters - perfume - chocolate -lingerie - flowers - jewelry - tickets to something she’ll like - spa package - wine glasses - dance lessons - photo album - fruit - a dress

FOR HIM - shot glasses - cologne - vintage records - business card case - boxers - watch - travel grooming kit - bathrobe - cooler - bottle opener - tie - coasters - money clip - briefcase - slippers - cuff links -six pack of beer - grill set -pint glasses -whiskey Graphic by Hilary Burns/Old Gold & Black

Humor Column | Reverand Robert Hooke

For reverse-aging Benjamin Button, getting young is hard William Daly Staff columnist

“Hey Benjamin, why have you been so down lately? Has Mrs. Button been going to bed too early for you?” the shop keeper asked Benjamin Button as he tried on the third pair of slacks in a row. “No, I just think I’m having my midlife crisis,” Benjamin replied solemnly. “I just can’t stop thinking about the good old days when the Sunday paper was all I needed to make the day pass,

or when I hated humanity enough to yell at kids while they played on my lawn. I just miss the simple things in life Danny Boy. Euhh, I’m getting to young for that phrase!” “You know Mr. Button, it’s like my mother used to say, ‘you are only as old as you feel.’ Maybe you just need a little change of mind,” the shopkeeper suggested. “That’s just the thing, I can’t stop feeling fantastic. Every day my knees feel better, and the doctor says my cholesterol is lowering. Sooner or later I might get a full head of hair. “Can you imagine how embarrassing that would be? People will be telling me left and right how fantastic I look; I might as well start shaving my head. “And to top it all off, you know what I did the other day? I sent an email. It

was a chain letter, I admit that, but an email nonetheless. What’s happening to me Steve?” Benjamin ranted while his inseam was measured for the third time. “I don’t know Benjamin, but this certainly can’t be a bad thing. I mean, have you looked on the bright side at all? With all this newfound energy maybe you could think about having kids. By the time they reach their teenage years you might be the only adult who can understand them,” the shopkeeper joked while Benjamin looked coldly into the mirror at Steve. “This is why nobody likes you Steve. That, and your crazy addiction to pantsuits,” said Benjamin as Steve adjusted the cuffs on his pants. “Of course I am thinking about kids, but the Mrs. isn’t too keen on giving

ourselves that kind of expense at this point in our lives. We just started my college fund, and then after that we’re planning on getting me into a nice private high school. “I don’t think we can have kids with so much money going out the door,” responded Benjamin rather harshly, while still eying Steve’s ridiculous pantsuit. “First of all, I can wear anything I choose. Besides, who is the crazier person: the one who wears the pantsuit or the guy who buys clothes from him? Secondly, I’m sure there is a way to find the money to have kids. Take life insurance for example, give it a couple years and you will be saving thousands,” Steve said. “Look Steve, you really aren’t helping very much. Nobody on earth has ever

gone through this before, so I understand that you really have no experiences to draw upon, but you sound like an idiot. I would get more upset but I’m not sure whether it would be disrespecting my elders. “Bottom line is that I probably won’t be coming back here anytime soon because I think my style will be changing within the next week. My ladyfriend says that I have the beard to pull off being a hipster, but I really don’t think smoking will be a good habit for me when I’m five years old,” Benjamin said. “Well you are all set Mr. Button. I hope everything works out well for you,” Steve said as he finished his work. “Everything will be fine, just know that ‘getting over the hill’ is just as hard either way you climb.”


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British pop songstress mixes rhythm and soul Movie Theater Releases for Feb. 10 Gnomeo and Juliet Just Go With It Justin Bieber: Never Say Never The Eagle Carancho Cedar Rapids In Her Skin

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By Susan Ichugu | Contributing writer

Who can resist listening to the talented songstress Adele? She caught the attention of many mainstream listeners with her famous single “Chasing Pavements” from her successful 2008 album entitled 19. Adele, originally from London, has a voice that is not only unique but also strong; it speaks to the heart of every woman who has been in a disastrous relationship. Genres like soul, jazz and blues help describe her style of music. Adele has a new album, 21, hitting American stores Feb. 22. This album was already released in the UK to positive review. She is already a recipient of this year’s Critics Choice Brit Award and has been called “the new [Amy] Winehouse.” I thought the album was golden. I could hear her raspy yet strong

and unique sounding voice in every utes to the story she is trying to tell track. her listeners. There appears to be a man whom In each song, I heard Adele’s she loves and has a committed rela- thoughtful transitions, which tionship with, a man helped to structure her who puts her on story in this album. a constant roller Her first song in the 21 coaster of emoalbum, called “RollArtist | Adele tions where she is ing In The Deep,” Genre | Pop, folk soul, blues unable to forget has a very interesting Best Track | “Set Fire to the him and move on and unique sound Rain” with her life. Fi— somewhat of a Who’s It For? | Those who nally, towards the dry sound even with enjoy soulful acoustics and end of the album, drums, cymbals, emotional lyrics she finds out that piano and handclaps Rating | Ashe has to let go of accompanying the the man she once song. loved. The piano helps to The listeners are able to hear her create this dry sound and the backrage and anger in one of my favorite ground singers who accompany songs in the album called “Set Fire Adele help to give the song an eerie to the Rain” in which she uses great vibe. The same instruments are used imagery and metaphors to describe in most of the songs, which helps to her emotions. Every song contrib- keep the sound consistent.

Another one of my favorite songs off this album is “Don’t You Remember.” This song stuck out to me because of the mood created by the crying violin. In this song, Adele is wondering whether the guy she once loved ever thinks about her. This verse really caught my attention: “Gave you the space/so you could breathe/I kept my distance so you would be free/and hope that you find the missing piece/to bring you back to me.” This album was very emotional and reflective. Adele is reminiscing on her relationship with a particular guy; she’s looking deep into herself and expressing her innermost emotions. What I like most about this album is that Adele is being honest with her listeners and that she gives them the opportunity to relate to her situation.

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• Pradeep Manukonda was accused of stalking Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO filed a restraining order against Manukonda, who now claims that he never meant to scare Zuckerberg and was merely looking for advice. However, police reports contradict this. • Actress Blake Lively is ready to walk a mile in the Manolos of one of the most iconic fashionistas to every grace our screens — Carrie Bradshaw. Writer Candace Bushnell has penned a second prequel to Sex and the City, entitled Summer in the City. The film follows a young Carrie at 19-years-old as she moves from Connecticut to New York City. • Beginning May 21, the stars of the hit show Glee are hitting the road, starting in Las Vegas, for their Glee Live! In Concern tour of North America. 13 cast members will perform in 16 cities in the United States and Canada. Tickets go on sale to the general public Feb. 19.

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Bartending Short Course April 13 Sing-ups start today Underage students welcome SU Films: Valentine’s Day Saturday, Feb. 12 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Pugh Auditorium

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Share this tasty treat with your special someone to celebrate Valentine’s Day the right way. 0.75 oz Irish creme 0.75 oz butterscotch schnapps 0.75 oz amaretto liqueur 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream 0.5 cup of crushed ice Add all ingredients into blender and blend until perfectly smooth. Garnish with whipped cream and five red candy hearts.

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Movie Review | The Mechanic

Mechanic can’t fix generally lackluster film By Trevor Greene | Staff writer

The beginning of the calendar year is a traditionally weak time for new movies. This is not usually a huge issue because it allows filmgoers to catch up on the awards-season films they might not have been able to view in the overloaded endof-the-year frame. Unfortunately, this leaves relatively slim pickings for those of us who want to see a movie during this downtime. I decided to go see The Mechanic with the hope that it would at least be entertaining. And entertaining it was. The Mechanic tells the story of Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), a stoic and seasoned hit man. After his mentor, associate and friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is killed, he takes Harry’s troubled son Steve (Ben Foster) under his wing, teaching Steve the ways of his father. As the two begin working together, they make some shocking discoveries about the contractkilling company they work for and Steve’s father, Harry. The set-up is relatively straightforward and wellworn territory for the increasingly overcrowded hit-man subgenre. The film reminded me a lot of the classic Leon, but The Mechanic took all the elements Rating | R that made Director | Simon West that film so Who’s it for? | People who like original and seeing other people punched amazing Running Time | 1 hr., 33 mins. and replaced Rating | C+ them with typical Hollywood fodder and clichés. The “twists’”in this film are so predictable it is almost offensive; they can be spotted a mile away. But despite being as by-the-numbers as you can get, at least the film doesn’t resort to the “last job” set-up that has plagued recent action flicks. There are two reasons this film is successful despite its hackneyed storyline and host of other flaws: the chemistry between Statham and Foster, and the action sequences. Jason Statham uses this film to prove that he can carry any B-level action film and turn it into a watchable, enjoyable movie. His charisma shines through so much that you almost forget how formulaic and unoriginal his character is. Statham is the physical embodiment of badass and one of the last remaining true action stars. The previous generations were chalk full of men who dedicated their entire careers to the genre, but this trend seems to have ended with the current decade. This is why a film like The Expendables, brimming with lifetime action heroes, seemed like an “old-people” movie to many. Statham is perhaps

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While actors Jason Statham and Ben Foster shine in their portrayal of Arthur Bishop and Steve McKenna, respectively, the plot is unoriginal. the only true action star of our generation and, without a doubt, our best. Foster is an extremely talented and versatile young actor. While this film seems like it is below his typical level of quality, hopefully it will give him more exposure with the masses and allow him to become a more bankable actor who gets better role offers. He gives his all to the role of the hotheaded Steve and makes him a fairly convincing character. While these two actors initially seemed mismatched, the chemistry between them was great throughout and they worked excellently together. The action sequences are where the film’s real strengths lie; these scenes are tough as nails and pull no punches. An especially intense hand-to-hand battle between Steve and a man nearly twice his size is one of the better action sequences in recent memory; the scene alone is worth the price of admission. My one gripe with these scenes is that they are spastically edited. Sometimes it feels as if the cuts of film don’t follow in sequence. Despite the fact

that this is frequently annoying, the excellent staging overpowers this flaw. The rest of the film is over-edited as well and feels as though it was cut by a child who could not sit still for more than three seconds. Ultimately, the film is enjoyable but forgettable. The reason it is so forgettable is the complete lack of a compelling villain, something every good action movie needs. The one overarching bad guy in the movie is perhaps the most underdeveloped and boring bad guy you could imagine and not worthy of even being called a villain. If you are tired of the seriousness of the awards season films, then The Mechanic might be just the popcorn action flick you need. This film knows exactly what it wants to be and it delivers on some level. The constant violence will keep you from thinking too much about the plot or characters and that is a gift. It’s pointless action and violence, but hey, at least it’s fun. If you want lots of action and explosions — then this is the movie for you.

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Intelligence plays an integral role in relationship success By Kory Riemensperger | Staff writer

Though it may appear untrue, guys value the intelligence of ladies as much as they value other, more “physical” qualities. The modern male adolescent is subject to numerous examples of intelligence through the books he reads, the television he watches and the people he interacts with on a day-to-day basis. These sources call out to him and teach him which aspects of intellect to value in a female companion. Unfortunately, much of today’s media belittles the need for females with an active, general intelligence in favor of women with a high social intelligence. Shows like Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives show their audience frames of an affluent life with only social consequences. The viewers of these shows are led to make assumptions about intelligence based on what they see. As entertainment, this is acceptable, but when couples subscribe to these glimpses into a bourgeois life, and bring those assumptions into their relationships, problems can occur. Each person is an individual, and you should be aware of the intellect that you value in a partner. Is it their moral intelligence ? Do they make good ethical decisions? Is it their emotional intelligence? Do they respond well to you and others? The best relationships are built on an understanding of these sensibilities. When you meet someone, think about whether or not they would be a good fit with your level of intellect. Both partners need not hold similar views on intelligence, though stronger relationships are built on similarity. Too often, the pursuit of intelligence in a relationship can have damaging effects if not developed together and with equal understanding. Both partners want to expand their intellectual understanding which can breed tension if one is a clear inferior. To ensure the success of the relationship in this scenario, it is vital to remember that it is not the less-intelligent partner’s responsibility to change. The duty lies with both partners to see past each other’s differences. A better solution would be to help your partner develop their intellectual weakness.

This way the relationship does not suffer and the couple can work together as they should. Here at the university it’s nice to meet those of equal academic intelligence, as they afford the relationship opportunities for conversations that build on connections between partners. Intellectual couples can spend their time discussing what they learned in class or the latest news article online, while less intellectual couples can delve directly into discussing interests or social news. Neither type of couple is restricted to these topics, but my past experiences have always found that more intelligent girlfriends lead to more intelligent debates. These debates aren’t always about academic subjects. The occasional fight between partners can be affected by the intelligence levels in the relationship. Some couples will fight over an inane issue only briefly, but others will let their emotional intelligence take the argument far enough to hurt the relationship. This desire to be the victor in such disputes is not affected by academic or moral intelligence. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot to say in a fight about taking out the trash or have a strong ethical reluctance to doing the dishes. When the conflict is over, the only way to regain your significant other’s respect is with proper communication and that requires emotional intelligence. The value of intellect in a relationship cannot be understated. The best relationships are built upon an understanding and acceptance of each other’s intelligence. To do this, each partner must recognize their similarities and above all value the other person, regardless of intelligence level. It should not make or break a relationship if your partner is not as smart as you, as popular as you or the same political/religious affiliation as you. Instead, couples should use similar intellects and interests they do share to strengthen their bond.

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By Hilary Burns | Asst. life editor

Intellectual stimulation is really just as important as physical attraction in relationships. How many of us have met the couple where one person is not as intellectually inclined as the other? The typical result: disaster. While some people believe attractiveness is of upmost importance when looking for a significant other, intelligence will help the relationship last. Being able to hold an intelligent conversation may not matter on the dance floor of a frat party, but after a couple months of “talking” or “being a thing,” it may come to the point where both people finally admit their interest and become official. As this relationship grows more serious, conflicts occur on a daily basis through which the couple must work. The ability to think logically and objectively will diminish petty arguments and disputes. Being in a relationship in college is a large undertaking in addition to studying, extra-curricular commitments, social life and friends. Intellect plays a role in prioritizing time and laying out ground rules to inhibit future arguments before they begin. Without the mental stability to realize what is most important, jealousy can damage relationships. Scenario one: the frat scene A couple, Susie and John, enter a party and Susie is immediately hugged by her male friend from her math class. They talk for awhile until John suddenly leaves without a word to Susie and refuses to answer her texts for the rest of the night. The next day ends in a screaming fight and both of their nights are ruined, once again. While this example may seem ridiculous, it is not so different from the way people act when they are jealous. Immature people let emotions take over and neglect to think in a logical manner. This is stressful for both people involved and if the fighting keeps up, friends will distance themselves from the “problem-couple.”

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Scenario two: the long distance relationship Susie hasn’t spent time with her friends in weeks. She is overwhelmed with school work and every free moment is spent in her room Skyping John, who goes to a school back home. Just as stressful as the in-college relationship, the long distance relationship puts pressure on both involved to remain loyal and honest. Communication is pivotal for this relationship to be successful. However, this should not be interpreted as John calling Susie every five minutes or staying in on the weekends to Skype each other. A strong relationship has an element of trust that is never disregarded in long distance couples. Both people involved must have the desire and intelligence to not falsely accuse each other of disloyal actions. Each person has to be mature and realize the other’s life does not revolve around his or her self. With intelligence comes the maturity to put emotions aside and realize what is important. Scenario three: the awkward silence Susie and John have been going out on weekends together for a few weeks now and John thought it was finally time to ask Susie to dinner. At dinner, John quickly realizes the couple has absolutely nothing to talk about. The conversations drag on about parties they have attended lately until John uses a word Susie doesn’t understand. The result: an awkward, blank stare. As we all witnessed last week, Snooki’s inability to understand the word “genuine” caused laughs in the audience. While she may be tan and full of personality, her obviously low IQ does not exactly qualify as attractive. We all attend a prestigious university and therefore clearly value intellect and academic achievement. Someone who lacks the ability to objectively look at social situations and realize the appropriate reaction will cause problems in a relationship. These problems will create unnecessary stress as well as making you realize the attractiveness in maturity. Besides, it is nice to talk with people who are aware of the latest breaking news or at least our current president’s name. Intelligence is one of the most attractive and important components of a relationship. With this in mind, make the ability to have an intelligent conversation a priority in your relationships.

Community Report | bevello

Nearby boutique offers chic clothing for reasonable prices By Caroline Hallemann | Staff writer

Winston-Salem is far from a shopping mecca. A handful of boutiques are scattered throughout the city but few cater to students in both style and price range. Tucked inside the Thruway Shopping Center off Stratford Road is bevello (with a purposeful lowercase “b”), an oasis in Winston’s retail desert. Taking its name from “bella,” Italian for beautiful, bevello offers students a unique shopping experience they can afford on an undergraduate’s budget. This fashion boutique, located between Chico’s and The Jewel Box, might be small but its inventory is carefully selected, making each piece a perfect combination of both quality and design. Upon entering the store, each bevello customer is welcomed by a sales associate and alerted that several racks of winter clothing are on sale for up to 40 percent off. Even as temperatures hover above 30 degrees, spring styles arrive at the store daily, pushing coldweather inventory to the sale rack. The employees at bevello are helpful without being overbearing and lack

the condescending tone often used by sales associates at high-end, exclusive boutiques. Knowledgeable about their store’s products, they are more than willing to answer questions but allow customers to browse without hovering and don’t pressure visitors to buy their inventory. The majority of bevello’s racks are filled with trendy dresses priced under $100 from brands like Glam, Esley, BB Dakota, BCBGeneration, Max and Cleo and Theme, but the store also stocks some higher-end pieces from designer labels French Connection and Michael Kors. With clothing ranging from boho-chic sundresses to sleek semi-formal frocks, bevello is the perfect place to find a stylish outfit for your next sorority formal, Carolina Cup or Shag on the Mag. In addition to dresses, bevello carries a selection of designer denim, stocking brands like Rock and Republic, Justin Timberlake’s William Rast, Hudson and the affordable Blank Denim. Bevello also carries an assortment of heels and fashion sandals from designers DV by Dolce Vita and Sam Edelman. If you prefer your footwear to be

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comfy chic as opposed to stylish and sky-high, consider investing in a pair of TOMS shoes which are also sold in the Thruway boutique. No outfit would be complete without accessories, and bevello has a wide selection of purses, belts and watches. This year’s “it” bag, the JPK bucket bag, is available in several colors, and fun spring clutches recently arrived at the shop. Additionally, bevello keeps a range of trendy over-sized watches by Michael Kors in stock, and chic waist-cinching belts are always in style, available for less than $30. In an effort to reach out to the community, bevello sells costume jewelry by local designer Lori Snyder. Snyder’s line of one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings are made from semi-precious stones, vintage charms and freshwater pearls. Bevello also offers special discounts for university students throughout the year and has participated in fundraising events with student groups on campus. bevello is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Lilting Banshees pay homage to fraternity and sorority stereotypes in their latest show.

Bevello in Thruway Shopping Center carries many styles and brands that female university students would enjoy.

Restaurant Review | Arigato

Say “Arigato!” for a meal from local steakhouse By Kory Riemensperger | Staff writer

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out dressing up. Our server welcomed us. Everybody was offered the usual pre-meal Most Japanese steakhouses are created soup and salad, along with the possibility to equal; however, when the fate of a two-year personalize their experience with different anniversary hinges on the quality and effi- sauces. Choices included ginger, spicy musciency of food served, it is imperative that tard and what my date referred to as “the you visit only the most fancy of steakhouse mayonnaise of Asia.” The clear soup and simple salad made our joints. Arigato Japanese Steak and Seafood House is a local Asian eatery that pledges on 35 minute wait for the chef pass quickly, and he soon rolled his their website to use the cart up behind the grill “highest quality ingrediArigato and began confirming ents.” orders. For couples who want Location | 1200 S. Holden Road I ordered the filet to spend a romantic eveHours | 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mon. - Sun. mignon entrée which ning together, the availServing | Japanese hibachi comes with fried rice ability of seating was Price Range | $10 - $30 and vegetables. The phenomenal. A couple Grade | Asides were cooked in of minutes and my apfront of me first, and pearance as a forgetful the chef reached under boyfriend had been forhis cart to reveal a large bowl of zucchini gotten. The first thing I noticed upon entering and onion. Before your eyes can react, the Arigato is the divide in customer attire. I man wearing the tall, colored toque produces felt the ambiance of a Japanese steakhouse a knife from his belt and slices the vegetables necessitated more formal ware, but many of with impressive finesse. Another bowl is dumped beside the frying the customers looked secure in their T-shirts veggies. Despite his cooking talent, I was and jeans. I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to find such an disappointed to see no eggs added to the informal dress code, but I was in no way fried rice as I have seen done in the past. put-off by it. In fact, it seemed almost wel- Another bowl of raw shrimp completed the coming to enjoy such a lavish meal with- steakhouse side “trifecta.”

For two bucks more, you can get an extra scoop of rice with your entrée. Tip: Don’t plan on eating this. You’ll be receiving far too much for the average human: I would suggest waiting until they bring out the styrofoam container, then taking it home. Finally, the main courses are laid out upon the stove. Again, it may be more cost-effective here to go for an extra order of your favorite course, be it steak, shrimp or chicken. Vegans beware though: the chef adds a significant amount of butter and spices to the dish. I can’t speak to the deliciousness of the vegetable entrée, but I am assured by my guest that it was “one of the most delicious vegetable dishes” she had ever eaten. As to the filet mignon, it was exceedingly flavorsome. The butter and other spices cooked in with the meat made every bite a pleasurable experience. If it’s your first time trying this style of dining, you may be tempted to return as soon as possible. Nonetheless, a trip to Arigato should be set aside for the rare “special occasion.” Not only will it improve the dining experience, but your food will seem that much better for the price. Overall, the quality of the food and experience exceeded my expectations, and I’m sure I will return.


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PDA When is it okay?

By Ellie Baldini | Staff writer It’s that time of year again … Valentine’s Day — that hyped up, highly pressurized holiday smack in the dead of winter. It’s a controversial time when the line between the overly sentimental saps and the disillusioned cynics is drawn with irrevocable clarity. During this most unique of holidays, one notices a heightened responsiveness to all things love-related. For instance, a friendly text gets read as a sure sign of infatuation. Or maybe a lukewarm “hello” signals that feelings are definitely not mutual. And above all else, public displays of affection become a catalyst for some seriously dramatic reactions. Maybe you’re infected with the Valentine’s Day spirit, and find yourself more brazen than usual when you lean in for that good-bye peck on the quad. Or maybe you catch yourself stifling an audible groan when a familiar couple snags a booth in the pit. Either way, this time of year more than any other brings up some interesting opinions about PDA at the university. The word of college romances can be murky when “relationships” range from dance floor make-out sessions all the way to meeting the parents over Christmas break. As a result, student opinions on open affection vary significantly and are highly dependent on form, context and, of course, intoxication. “Whenever I see people making out in a frat basement, I tend to just roll my eyes and continue on with my night,” sophomore Briana Devincenzo said. “But when I see two sober people holding hands and walking obnoxiously slow on the quad, I immediately become super annoyed. I totally get that you’re a couple; there’s no need to broadcast it in such an annoying way. The absolute worst though is when you see two people soberly making out in a public setting. I get so uncomfortable it almost immediately causes me to blush.”

Devincenzo’s sentiment is a popular one. Many university students seem to show a remarkably higher tolerance for PDA late at night in a frat basement than out in the harsh light of day. As senior Andrew Smith put it, “frat basements don’t count.” If we’re going with Devincenzo and Smith’s n o tion of public hook-ups being acceptable in the party setting, where ad-

be an academic environment,” sophomore Hailey Cohen said. Cohen follows up her initial opinion with a starkly different one when it comes to the weekend scene. “In the frat scenario what do you e x p e c t , you get a bunch o f drunk kids in a dark basement together and

mittedly the lights are dimmed and reality is suspended, then what about displays that don’t happen on Last Resort’s dance floor? “I think PDA is pretty disgusting if people are gawking, tongue in the mouth type thing. But holding hands, a peck here and there, why not? You guys are a couple!” sophomore Alisha Woodson said. Woodson seems to maintain that showing your affection when you’re in a relationship is perfectly acceptable … to a point. Senior Allan Lukenheimer agreed. “If it’s not over the top or out of control, its fine,” he said. Woodson and Lukenheimer suggest a kind of “cap” on the amount of affection socially acceptable to display, a sort of “display with discretion” kind of thinking. “I think that on campus during the day it’s kind of unpleasant, considering it’s supposed to

the music is too loud to talk. I can’t say I haven’t been guilty of the dance floor make-out,” she said. Like many other university students, Cohen’s feelings on what should be done in the hallways of Tribble and what should be done in a frat house at 2 a.m. are totally different, entirely because of the contrast in setting. But setting and intensity aren’t the only factors university students consider when making judgments about PDA. Many distinguished between seeing their best friend kissing his girlfriend, and two strangers making out in the library. Several others differentiated between attacking your boyfriend in front of his professor and a quick peck in Starbucks. Based on these examples, it seems obvious that university students certainly evaluate the “audience” present when it comes to PDA: appropri-

ateness not just determined by where you are and what you’re doing, but also, who’s seeing you do it. After talking to many students, all with different perspectives, it became readily apparent that of all the considerations held, setting is the single most influential factor when it comes to making judgments about what kinds of public displays are appropriate. But what makes us distinguish grinding in the dark from kissing in Reynolda? Both are considered forms of PDA. One might even argue that the late-night behavior characteristic of partying is even more overtly sexual than the displays of affection students see on a day-to-day basis. The difference is entirely context-based. It’s not just about the physical space of the party, but the entire atmosphere the typical weekend-environment creates. Mix together plentiful and readily-available alcohol, loud music, dark lights and a decidedly “let-loose” vibe, and you’ve created the perfect inhibition-less environment. When we consider all of these factors coming together, it comes as no surprise that reservations about something like making out with the cute guy in your 9 a.m. in front of all your friends tend to fly out the window. And on the opposite end, three drinks deep and surrounded by pulsating pop music, even the most conservative of students could find themselves looking the other way as their roommate grinds with the girl next door. So then what can we take from the varying views students hold on the appropriateness of PDA? Should we keep up the dance floor hook-ups and the quad kissing? Should public displays of affection only happen between midnight and 3 a.m.? Perhaps at so precarious a season, when love (or lack thereof ) is on the forefront of so many university students’ minds the verdict on public displays of affection is, for now, better left undecided. Or maybe we should all just follow junior Kevin Smith’s lead when he said, “the only PDA I use is the one that organizes my schedule.”

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Event Review | Chinese New Year

Campus celebrates Chinese New Year with vibrant cultural events By Nicole Stanton | Staff writer

To honor this Chinese New Year Festival, the Year of the Rabbit, the university’s Asian Student Interest Association (ASIA), the Chinese Graduate Student Association, Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Chinese Studies Club hosted the 12th annual festival on Feb. 5 in Scales Fine Arts Center. Popularly recognized as the Spring Festival, the New Year begins with the new moon on the first day of the New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. Celebrations occur throughout the 15 days. Unlike the western calendar, which relies on a leap year, the Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The Chinese insert an extra month once every seven years out of a 19-year cycle. Hence, according to the solar cal-

endar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year. Due to China’s vast size, both geographically and demographically, New Years customs vary in different regions of the country. Nonetheless, the underlying spirit is the same: peace and happiness for family and friends. While the weather was less than enjoyable, for the campus celebration, the predominant colors of red and gold created a warm and diverse atmosphere, offering an escape into eastern culture. “Good Wish” banners and lanterns were hung from the ceilings and walls of Scales. The mixture of students and families gave the event a broad spectrum of ages, transforming a typical campus event into a holiday more representative of the actual New Year’s Day that is celebrated as a family affair, and a time of reunion and thanksgiving.

Music and dance were integral parts of the celebration. The Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy kicked off the events with a Lion Dance. The Lion Dance is symbolic of good luck as it is thought to drive away the monster, Nian, a bearer of bad luck and negative intentions. “I am glad that there is such a high interest and intrigue in Asian culture in the communty.”

Xizi Liao

ASIA member and Shanghai native

Following this were performances by students of the EAL Department, including a flute rehearsal by junior Jean Chen as well as a performance by The Momentum Crew. Several recitals using ancient Chinese instruments followed in the second act.

Aside from the performances, ASIA students volunteered to offer various activities such as face painting, origami lessons, calligraphy and tea tasting. For those who wanted a souvenir other than the authentic Chinese party favors of red envelopes with ancient Chinese coins and decorations or the delicious Chinese finger foods, the souvenir table offered an array of trinkets such as belts for luck, key chains, calendars, fans and paper couplets with themes like happiness, wealth and longevity printed on them. Xizi Liao, a member of ASIA and native of Shanghai, was happy to talk about the Chinese New Year and inform me about the various Chinese foods, such as the fried sugar and bean paste filled sesame rolls, Peach Puffs (peach is a symbol for life longevity), éclairs and fruit. “I think the weather may have scared away some people because last year we had around 100 people attend, but I

still am glad that there is such a high interest and intrigue in Asian culture in the community,” Liao said. Around 200 students, faculty, staff and local families, including families with adopted Chinese children, participated in the events. Although the activities in Scales wrapped up, many families made their way through the rain to the dumpling — making short course that took place in the Davis House lounge. One of the most popular courses is jiaozi, dumplings boiled in water. “Jiaozi” in Chinese literally mean “sleep together and have sons,” a long-lost good wish for a family. ASIA brought to life all facets of this celebration, ending the day with happy faces and full stomachs. Overall, the festival was a great way for students to get both a literal and figurative taste of ancient and vibrant Chinese culture.

Event Review | aWake All Night

Students stay aWake all night to embrace alcohol-free SU function By Jasmine Harris | Staff writer

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Students donned costumes for aWake All Night - a function organized by Student Union to encourage alternate weekend options for students.

The most recent aWake All Night event, held Feb. 5, was another smashing success for Student Union. The various festivities were held in Benson University Center and lasted from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. At this particular aWake event, there didn’t seem to be an obvious theme as there has been as in previous years, and there were plenty of activities for students to choose from. The photo booth for students to take pictures with friends was particularly popular. A long line stretched in the lobby for the entire night, from the beginning to the end of the event. The monogram table was also a crowd-pleaser. Delicious chocolate cake was served in the lobby of Benson, and lemonade was available as well. Students had the opportunity to take pictures in front of a screen that made them appear as if they were in

Times Square. This particular table was complete with wigs and signs to promote creative poses. Students also had the opportunity to enjoy some New York style hot dogs. Similar to last semester’s event, this aWake All Night festival reinstated casino-style games. Students were able to play black jack for raffle tickets that could be used to win prizes later on in the evening. Pizza was served in addition to Italian bread, sweet and sour chicken, rice and meatball sandwiches. The delicious pizza seemed to be particularly well-received. The sweet and sour chicken seemed a bit less popular; however, this may have been because of its slightly obscure location. “I’m really impressed with the variety of food this year,” sophomore Tiana Almquist said.“I was only expecting nachos, but I’m glad there are so many types of multicultural foods available this year.” Several other games and activities took place, including a room with an

inflatable Twister board. Students also had the opportunity to make snow globes with their pictures in them. This seemed to be one of the most desirable activities; almost comparable to the popular road sign activity that has taken place in previous semesters. Another game room contained several interactive video games The most sought after video game of all seemed to be the interactive dancing game, which always had a line of daring new participants. “I really enjoyed the games; they were very interactive this year,” junior Terence Davis said. Outside there was a Ferris wheel available; however, many students did not take advantage of the brightly colored ride for two reasons: the weather was too cold and others were simply unaware that activities were held outdoors as well. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this year’s event and look forward to more events from Student Union.


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Theatre Review | Independence

Independence stands on its own during performances By Morgan Schutte | Contributing writer

If you did not make it to the Ring Theatre this past weekend, then you missed out on what senior Austin McWilliams called “this year’s best production to date.” The student production of Lee Blessings Independence seemed to truly move people in a way that few shows can. Even though Independence takes place in the 1980s, Blessing’s characters seemed timeless as they dealt with contemporary familial issues like homosexuality, unwed pregnancy and teenage promiscuity. McWilliams also had high praise for the lead actresses, who were captivating to watch and showed undeniable talent. “The leads were all superb,” he said, “nailing their respective roles with great depth. The two freshmen, in the

production especially shined, proving they will no doubt be starring in many more productions to come.” The abilities of the two older actresses were equally as impressive. Sophomore Mara McCaffray brought the well-known and oft-acted role of oldest sister Kess to life with her well-developed mannerisms and Blessing vocal tonality, while junior Sarah Wheeler pulled the audience in with her aptitude to display both the deep love and hatred she felt for her hard-to-handle mother, Evelyn.

The time and effort that members of the Anthony Aston Players theatre organization dedicated to the show undoubtedly paid off. The lighting, the sound, the props, the set, even the costumes, were impeccable. These elements were essential and made it easy for the audience to be sucked into the world of the play. “From the second you walked into the ring you felt like you were in the 80s,” sophomore sound designer Dean Guerra said. “Independence really showcased people’s strengths. At no point did I feel like I was watching a student production; everything was very professional.” Playwright Lee Blessing was able to attend Friday’s show and even made time to visit some of the theatre classes, for students to ask him questions.

One of the most provoking questions asked was on Blessing’s decision to make the eldest sister a lesbian. Blessing chuckled and then said, “I did not make Kess a lesbian because I wanted to provoke the audience. I did it because I thought it would make Kess a more complex character and would complicate her relationship with Evelyn (her mother). “Kess’s homosexuality allowed her to have a different view and to talk about things other characters could not address or did not understand.” Blessing told student director Michael Whatley that he thoroughly enjoyed the show and complimented the cast on their ability to create realistic family relationships. It seems incredible that in only three and a half weeks a group of students could produce such a fabulous produc-

tion, and the nearly full house on closing night speaks to the success of the show. “I am not an emotional person,” sophomore Sherea Delsol said, “but Independence did something to me. There were times when I was overcome with laughter and other times when I was near tears. No play has ever moved me so much. I commend the actors, director Michael Whatley, and all other people who were involved on their remarkable work.” Next up for the theatre department is The Grapes of Wrath which opens in just under two weeks. If you missed out on Independence, be sure to make it over to Scales for the next Main Stage production. Overall, the production of Independence can be considered a great success and attests to the great ability of the theatre department.

Wake Abroad | No, I don’t speak the language

Abroad student embarks on weekend excursion to Budapest By Mat Payne | Staff columnist

Standing on the platform of the Westbahnhof in the damp chill of a Vienna morning, 22 days of travel anticipation were coming to an end. I stepped on the second to last car. The only indication of my destination was a small paper sign on the window reading Westbahnhof, Wien-Keleti, Budapest. To prequel the rest of the story, I feel like I should inform the reader that I am a somewhat inexperienced traveler, having only left the country once before embarking for Austria in January. Because of that, I made mistakes on my first weekend away from Vienna that I urge every reader to avoid making when traveling. Unlike Austria, Hungary is not a member of the European Union, thus making the euros in my wallet completely useless until my return trip Sunday night. To avoid being completely helpless in a country where I didn’t speak the language, didn’t know where I was going, or have any way of contacting

anyone outside of my physical proximity, I decided to exchange my euros for Hungarian forints at the earliest opportunity. This was the first mistake. Just as it is in airports, when you exchange currency in a train station you’re going to lose more money for processing and handling fees than you would like. Unfortunately this came at the price of roughly 3,500 forints (while I was there the exchange rate was 211 forints to the euro). Walking out of the train station, I made mistake number two: I forgot to write down directions to the hostel. Fortunately, luck was on my side and one of the girls I was traveling with came prepared with printed-out directions. We made it to our hostel about four blocks away from the mighty Danube on the Pest side of town, checked in, unpacked and then headed out again for an afternoon of sightseeing. After a long day of walking the cobblestone streets, taking in unforgettable views of the parliament’s dazzling white from the light reflecting off the Danube, walking to the top of Buda Hill to

see the illuminated skyline right after sunset, and walking the infamous chain bridge, it was finally time for the evening festivities to begin. I met up with the other groups, who had in the previous hours picked up a traveler from New York who, for purposes of anonymity, I’ll call Earl. From the moment I saw Earl I felt a connection, his disheveled hair and art-school demeanor were a welcomed change from the group I’d been with. We instantly hit it off and decided to go grab a few drinks at one of the surrounding pubs. We left the bar and met two Hungarian guys in the street who asked Earl if they could borrow his lighter. As soon as they heard our American accents their faces lit up and they asked us if we were here for the weekend and if we wanted to party. There was a resounding “Hell yes!” and we were off to another local watering hole. By most circumstances this would have been a mistake — trusting drunken strangers in Eastern Europe. Luckily the guys we met were nice, but I would not advise following in my footsteps.

We spent the rest of the night drinking and talking, bar hopping, eventually leaving the last bar at 4:00 a.m. Earl, who insisted that he knew exactly where we were, ended up getting us lost. Around 5 a.m. Earl “found his hostel” (which wasn’t his hostel) and left me and one of my friends to navigate home. We made it to our hostel at 6:30 a.m. and passed out instantly. The next two days were spent more responsibly with sightseeing, going to museums and fraternizing with the other travelers in the hostel. My last mistake didn’t take place at one specific moment, but was a gradual failure: financing. I learned quickly that it’s far too easy to spend more money than you anticipated, especially on the little things. My bank account took a small hit over the weekend, but experience comes at a price. After three days in Budapest, everyone was ready to be back in the familiar Viennese streets, our appetite for adventure quelled for now but sure to surge again soon.


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Old Gold & Black Sports

Men’s squad hangs tough,but falls in heartbreaker By Matt Poppe | Sports editor

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ACC play continued for the Demon Deacons this past week as they took on the Maryland Terrapins and the Miami Hurricanes. The Deacs looked for their second ACC victory of the season in the game against the Terrapins Feb. 5 in College Park, Md. The two teams had met previously Jan. 12, with Maryland stealing a 74-55 victory at the Joel Coliseum. Early on, Maryland struggled, missing seven of their first eight shot attempts. The Deacons were unable to capitalize and could only muster a 4-3 lead. Wake Forest then looked to have their hands full as Maryland scored 11 consecutive points to take an early 15-4 advantage. The Deacs did fight back, however, as freshman J.T. Terrell scored six points to fuel an 8-2 run that put the score at 17-13 in favor of the Terps. Despite this run, Maryland began to pull away from Wake Forest going on a 9-0 run of their own and taking a 42-30 lead into halftime. The Deacons kept the game within reach in the second half, twice cutting the lead to single digits. A layup by freshman guard Tony Chennault at the midway point of the second half put the score at 60-50 and Wake Forest within reach. The Terrapins then went on a tear, scoring 13 straight points in a span of three minutes to extend the lead to 23 points. The Deacons were never able to recover as the Terps maintained the lead and eventually won by a final score of 91-70. “We got it within 10, but we broke down,” sophomore C.J. Harris said. “If we were mentally stronger during that spurt, we could have cut the lead down more.” The loss put Wake Forest at 8-15 on the year and 1-7 in the ACC, while Maryland improved to 15-8 on the year and 5-4 in the conference. Turnovers proved to be the biggest downfall for the Deacss as they committed 19 in the game which led to 21 Maryland points. The Deacons also missed many chances around the rim throughout the game. “In ACC play, we are 45 percent making layups,” Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “We miss more layups than we make. We have opportunities to finish and we don’t.”

Wake Forest had no answer for Maryland sophomore Jordan Williams, who posted a double-double with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Williams even dominated on the defensive end, tallying three blocks and a steal. Harris was the leading scorer for the Deacons, posting 17 points in addition to pulling down four boards. Freshman Carson Desrosiers had a notable performance as well, scoring a season-high 11 points, grabbing four rebounds and blocking four shots. “In a quiet way, Carson is slowly becoming one of the elite freshmen in this league,” Bzdelik said. “Down the road, as he acquires the necessary strength to be able to finish around the rim, to be able to hold and contest position around the rim, he will develop into one of the elite big men in the ACC.” Freshman Travis McKie also played well with 10 points, a team-high seven rebounds and three blocks. The Deacons looked to bounce back Feb. 9 as they took on the Miami Hurricanes. The game brought the Deacs back to WinstonSalem and the familiar atmosphere of the Joel Coliseum. All but one of Wake Forest’s wins this season have come at home and the Deacons looked to capitalize on the home crowd. The Deacs have had huge success against Miami at home, posting a 5-0 all-time record against the Hurricanes in the Joel. The Hurricanes jumped out to a quick 14-5 lead on Wake Forest led by Miami sophomore Reggie Johnson who scored seven points in the early going. The Deacs then went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to just a single point. The remainder of the first half was a battle as both teams exchanged the lead, but the half ended in a draw at 37-37. Harris had a stellar first half, scoring 16 points for the Deacons. The second half was much of the same as the two teams battled for the lead. There were 14 times in the contest during which the two teams were tied. The most intense sequences came in the final minute of the contest. The Deacons took the lead with just 11 seconds to go when Harris sunk two clutch free throws and put the score at 73-72. Miami responded when Johnson was fouled under the rim. Johnson, a Winston-Salem native, sank two free throws of his own allowing Miami

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Freshman guard J.T. Terrell looks to pass out of a double team in the Deacons’ 91-70 loss to the Terrapins. Terrell tallied seven points and two rebounds. to regain the lead once again at 74-73 with just four seconds left. The Deacons in-bounded the ball to Desrosiers. He immediately passed the ball to Harris. Harris then managed to find freshman J.T. Terrell open near mid-court. Terrell fumbled the ball a bit but took a deep three-pointer as time expired. The shot was nearly in the basket but found a way to rattle out. Terrell fell to the floor in disappointment as his teammates corralled around him. The tough loss puts Wake Forest at 8-16 on the year and 1-8 in the ACC. Miami improves to 15-9 on the year and 4-6 in the conference. The Deacs did shoot 54 percent from the field, the best in any conference game so far this season.

“They competed their tails off tonight,” Bzdelik said. “We did all the right things, but we just came up short.” Harris had a career-high with 24 points, shooting an amazing 17-18 from the free-throw line. Harris also had four assists on the night. Junior Ty Walker turned in a great performance, blocking four shots to go along with nine points on a perfect 4-4 shooting night. The Deacons will look to win what seems to be an elusive second ACC game when they take on the N.C. State Wolfpack at the Joel Coliseum Feb. 11. N.C. State is right above the Deacs in the ACC standings, winning just two conference games this season. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.

W. Basketball: Deacons take care of Virginia Tech Continued from Page B1

“There were obvious problems holding on to the ball, but we also struggled tremendously on defense. When you turn the ball over 27 times, don’t shoot the ball well, and lapse for five-minute stretches, you are not going to win in the ACC, especially on the road.” Wake Forest then traveled to Blacksburg, Va., to take on the Virginia

Tech Hokies Feb. 6. The Hokies came in with a 9-13 record. Both teams had a difficult time getting shots to fall in the first half and the first 10 minutes were very even, with Wake leading 14-10. The Deacs went on a slight run for the rest of the half, fueled by several offensive rebounds that pushed the lead to 27-21 at the break. At the start of the second half, it was finally the

Deacs turn to jump out of the gate, as they had a 10-2 run to extend the lead by 15 points to 38-23. During this stretch, sophomore guard Lakevia Boykin hit the only three-pointer of the game for Wake. Boykin would finish the contest with a team-high 13 points, sharing the honors with junior forward Secily Ray, who also added a team-high nine rebounds.

“The final score (60-55) was a bit misleading,” Petersen said. “We didn’t make as many free throws down the stretch as we should have, and one of their girls hit a crazy threepointer. We’ll take the win though, any win in the ACC is a good win. The practices have been really good. The win/loss record is not what we want, but we could easily be 5-4 in the ACC if we make a couple of more

shots against Clemson and Georgia Tech. Nobody is satisfied, and our expectations are clearly higher than the level we are performing at right now. We aren’t done yet this year and we really think that we can win our last five games if we play like we know how.” The Deacons will the fifth-ranked Duke Blue Devils in to the Joel Coliseum at 8:30 p.m Feb. 11.

Roll the Quad: Tradition has been altered this season Continued from Page B1

Harris was one of those “toilet paper monsters” before officially attending Wake Forest for her undergraduate degree and officially becoming a Demon Deacon. “I remember rolling the quad as a kid with my family and looking up to the college kids who coached us on technique

and thinking, ‘I want to go here,’” Harris said. She even has a 1995 ACC Championship “I Rolled the Quad” T-shirt to prove her long-standing participation. The current state of the quad, unfortunately, reminds students of this season’s struggles. Williams noted that it is rough as a fan, with a correlation existing between the amount

of toilet paper looming in the trees and the number in the wins column. The tradition that was once meant to commemorate significant wins now, in light of the current record, invites students to hurl a roll to commemorate any win. According to Williams, the tradition has lost some of its luster because of this. From an

environmental standpoint, the tradition raises questions of sustainability and issues of the degradability of the toilet paper. “It’s definitely wasteful, but it’s not the worst tradition we could have,” DeDee Johnston director of sustainability said. This is due to the high recycled content of the toilet paper the university provides. Harris described the quad as the

“Wake Forest University town square,” a location for the entire community to gather for special events. Following a big upset her freshman year, Harris remembers Coach Skip Prosser giving an incredibly humble and sincere speech that made everyone who had gathered feel like they were part of the team. This tradition reminds us that

even if we are not physically on the field, we feel the emotions of a victory or a loss. “Wake Forest University is known for our strong sense of community,” Harris said. “It is only natural to want to join together in one spot for big moments and celebrate together … It’s a tradition that shows the welcoming spirit of the Wake Forest University community.”


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