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Campus reactions proffer Republicans head to the District hope for Greek futures By Rob Byrd | Staff writer

because many of those trustees are alumni of the university and participated in Greek life during their time here. There is a paradoxical However, it is also nature to Greek life at the because they have seen how university. important a vibrant campus Just months life is to the student body. after sororities and “So many of the ideas the fraternities helped Board of Trustees discusses rally the campus to are student driven,” raise thousands of Gedraitis said. dollars for a catastrophic “Faculty and earthquake in Haiti, administration like the 2010 Greek Pledge helping student ideas Night prompted a state be realized. of medical emergency in Collaboration on Forsyth County. these issues is a It is a cultural dichotomy lot more helpful that ensures that the Greek and fruitful. If system will be a consistent students want to topic of discussion amongst see change on this students, administrators and campus, speak up. the community. Your ideas will be As our feature series has heard.” addressed, it is a pivotal time “I think we need to for change and growth in continue to put trust the Greek community. in student leaders to It is only logical then to think about the end ask what the ideal role of game in a new light,” Greek life is on campus, former president of Pi according to members Kappa Alpha fraternity of the university Connor Swarbrick community. said. “So often at Wake One would suspect a Gra phic By A students hold each other manda B strong divide and natural arasha/O ld Gold & to higher standards than incompatibility in responses, but Black administrators do.” there is a general campus consensus that Greek Members of the Demon Deacon community, life has made progress in the past year that will even beyond the student population, are continue because of student initiative. This may be surprising to those who heard known for holding themselves to higher the rumor on campus last spring that the standards. This is the same cultural theme that many Board of Trustees wanted to eliminate Greek students feel will help fuel continuing changes life completely. However, in speaking with on-campus in Greek life. According to Ken Zick, vice president of leaders, including director of Student Leadership and Organizations Steve Hirst and student life and former university Greek the 2010-11 student trustee Ashley Gedraitis, leader, it is also important that the students it is clear that the destruction of Greek life remember to show respect and compassion was an idea that has floated around for years within and between their organizations. “When students graduate, they see Wake amongst faculty members, but never amongst Forest as home,” Zick said. members of the board. “You want your home to reflect who you are. More specifically, Gedraitis has seen how the Board is committed to ensuring that I want to be proud of my home and I want my the student experience at the university be enjoyable and memorable. This is partially See Greek, Page A2 By Patrick Kelly and Calais Zagarow Staff writers

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This article appears as the fourth in a four-part series that addresses the dialogue and changes surrounding the university’s drinking culture. These features cover the following topics: • Jan. 20: An investigation into last year’s Pledge Night and progress for this year (Appeared four weeks ago) • Jan. 27: An examination of the events of this year’s Pledge Night (Appeared three weeks ago) • Feb. 3: An inside look at the ability of Greek organizations to cope with changes (Appeared two weeks ago) • Feb. 17: A review of the reactions from across campus

The 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 10 to 12 kicked off the Republican race to the 2012 presidential ticket, and 25 university students were in the nation’s capital to get in on the action. For three days, amidst sharply anti-Obama sentiment, nearly a dozen prospective presidential contenders aimed to prove their mettle and composure in front of an enthusiastic conservative base. For the second year in a row, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the conference’s straw poll that sought to gauge the attendants’ preliminary presidential pick; however, based on years past, it is not an accurate predictor of primary election performance. The sheer number of potential candidates who received votes in the straw poll, from Tea Party activist

and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to Congressman Paul, could suggest an uphill battle for the GOP as it seeks to unite the party through common ideologies and political goals. Junior Ashley Berger, chairperson of College Republicans, would suggest that the party is more united than the media portrays it to be. “In past years, many of the speakers talked about how we needed to find common ground and a new direction for the Republican Party. We have found that direction and conservatives across the board are excited and energized for 2012,” Berger said. Among the speakers were presidential front-runners Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, as well as relative newcomers like Rep. Michele Bachman of Minnesota and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. “Though many conservative voters would perhaps

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Career services leaves students begging for more opportunities By Greta Spangenberg | Staff writer

They say that the hand-holding days are over once you’re in college, but when it comes to finding a job, students may be looking to Career Services for more than a nudge in the right direction. While DeaconSource has received great reviews for its userfriendly layout and easy application process, seniors are quick to criticize it for these exact reasons. “It’s a little unnerving to simply submit my resume online. Wake is competitive as it is, so it’s hard to stick out on paper. I have more faith in my ability to make lasting impressions during interviews and since DeaconSource doesn’t give me that option — I have no choice but to seek job opportunities elsewhere,” senior Marianne Simpson, a sociology major, said. To make matters worse, students who use DeaconSource to apply for jobs get the dissatisfaction of never hearing back from those companies — not even a quick email to acknowl-

edge that their application was received. “I applied for a job on DeaconSource, but once I didn’t hear back, I applied again on the company website and actually got a response from them directly just days later,” senior Sean Douville, an English and psychology double major, said. Career Services does give students the opportunity to network, however, during the semiannual Job and Interns h i p Fair. Ev e n though the fair on Jan. 19 attracted 34 employers from across the country and 394 students — a 17 percent increase from last year — Career Services continues to face criticism from liberal arts majors for attracting only jobs targeted towards students in the Schools of Business. Junior Samantha Fiala, an English major, mentioned she was eager to attend the fair after returning from a semester abroad,

but after glancing at the list of participating organizations, she opted not to go because the jobs available were mostly in finance. It seems that even though the new database is loaded with job opportunities, students still believe that their options are limited. In fact, a few seniors have even begun adjusting their postgraduation plans by considering Teach for America or the Management P r o gram as possible options. “I actually signed up for the GMAT last week for that exact reason,” Douville said. With weekly email updates, Career Services has made it clear that they remain dedicated to raising student’s awareness of the resources available to them with weekly emails — but they may have their marketing strategy all wrong.

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Four administrators to field student questions in relevant discussions By Ken Meyer | News editor

Four administrators will sit down for a cup of coffee with students in Starbucks from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the last weeks in February and throughout the month of March to answer questions concerning campus life. On Feb. 24 Associate Provost for Technology and Information Systems Rick Matthews will field ThinkPad and campus technology questions. On March 1 Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Services Harold Homes and Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs Charlene Cerutti plan to discuss the university honor code. On March 29 President Nathan O. Hatch will reprise his “Hang with Hatch” event, held in the past semesters, which has allowed students to socialize with the campus leader and ask questions about recent changes to campus life. Student Government and campus groups have worked during the previous semesters to improve student-administration relations by opening such lines of dialogue. Sophomore Abrams Jamassi, student government parliamentarian, spoke on the effectiveness of the previous “Hang with

Hatch” events. “It is meant to be a casual avenue in which students can vocalize their opinion about the university to the administration,” Jamassi said. “They effect campus life in many ways: they reaffirm or open up new ideas to the administration. For example, before the plan was finalized, the Party Barn was brought up and extensively discussed in last spring’s “Hang with Hatch.” The overall consensus was of approval.” The “Pro Humanitate in the Mirror Week” held in January fostered discussion between campus leaders and faculty and staff from Vice President of Student Life Ken Zick to individual professors. The week considered the changes to campus life in light of the events of last year’s Pledge Night, intended to foster a sense of community largely viewed as absent on campus, and aimed to improve students’ personal sense of honor, worth and Pro Humanitate. The Student Technology Council has also been instrumental in moving the conversation between students and administrators forward. The council, which meets biweekly, brings students together with Matthews and Wake Forest Fellow for

Information System John Track (‘09) to address technological concerns. The council has already addressed a variety of problems this semester, from slow internet connections to more HD channels, from considering Mac computers to acquiring better loaners. While the council has not actually brought about all of these changes, it has worked to answer student questions surrounding these concerns. Track concluded that this type of conversation improves the ability of students to solve problems conjointly with the individuals who make changes on campus. “Dreamers have to keep dreaming, it is special and keeps the problem solvers motivated,” Track said. “Problem solvers have to hear the dreamers, this way they know what needs to be addressed. Both have to work on the solution so everyone can benefit from the experience.” Beyond these events, Student Government plans to continue to expand the opportunities for dialogue with administrators. Talks with Aramark, for example, are promised to follow. Students will be able to voice cuisine concerns directly to those who have suggestions and answers.

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A “Hang with Hatch” event during the fall semester brought students together with the president of the university to engage in dialogue on campus life.


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Brieflies Business team claims title at KPMG national championship A team of four undergraduate students from the Wake Forest University Schools of Business took first place in the national round of the KPMG International Case Competition Feb. 4 in New York. The students had three hours to analyze a business scenario, identify the key issues and develop a series of recommendations to present to the judges. Comprised of senior accountancy major Megan Petitt, finance majors junior Tim Rodgers and senior Swayze Smartt, and business and enterprise management major senior Afton Vechery, the students have won the honor of representing the country and the university at the international KPMG conference in Istanbul, Turkey. Read more about the team’s achievement in the Feb. 24 edition of the Old Gold & Black.

Triad area Moe’s Southwest Grills connect with local students The seven Triad area Moe’s Southwest Grill locations have developed a new program designed specifically to communicate with local college students. The community initiative “Moe’s University” will support and reward students for participating in ongoing promotions. The program’s curriculum will be managed through the Moe’s Triad Facebook page at Facebook.com/MoesTriad. Online “classes” will be offered to drive involvement and will rotate every two to four months. The current class entitled Creative Writing 101 will run through April 30.

Comedian Tim Young brings nationally renowned act to Shorty’s At 8 p.m. Feb. 18, the Shorty’s stage will showcase comedian Tim Young. This entertainer has headlined at clubs across North America and performed at over 500 college campuses. He has taken his act to comedy festivals in New York, Montreal and Seattle, and he has been featured on NBC, Comedy Central, MTV and VH1. His appearance is sponsored by Student Union.

Memorial to be held for former Professor Dolly A. McPherson Professor Emerita of English Dolly A. McPherson died Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, N.Y., at 82-years-old. She was the first full-time African-American female faculty member at Wake Forest when she was hired in 1974, and she served the university for 27 years. She was a highly influential professor and lively presence in the English department. A memorial service for McPherson will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 in Wait Chapel. A reception will follow in the Benson University Center.

Palestinian Hijazi Isaili won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the university during the 2010-11 academic year. He serves as a T.A. for Arabic classes, studies Americana and enjoys experiencing North Carolinian cultures. He plans to one day work to improve the Palestinian government. How is it that you came to the university? I applied for the Fulbright – my friend from Egypt had sent me a link. I applied to be a student and teacher at the same time, and I left the options open to anywhere in the United States. The university chose me. What are you studying here at the university? I’m in a non-degree program that emphasizes cultural exchange and allows me to be a T.A. Classes are open for me to take what I want; Fulbright requires one course in American studies. I’m taking a class on race, gender and housing in the United States and another on immigration practices in the United States and European Union. My favorite is the race and gender course. I took a linguistics course in the fall, and that was really nice. I also took public speaking, which was a helpful course. What has been your favorite aspect of the university? My students. It was a nice experience for me to teach adults for the first time. In Palestine I was teaching younger children English, especially in conversation. I like the faculty in my department, the religion department. They are all very helpful in trying to find the classes that I need to take and with American culture. When did you first arrive in the United States? In August, but I had been to the states two years ago. I was in Nebraska as an Ambassador for Undergraduate Student Universities for two months at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. When was your first time traveling outside of Palestine? The first place was Nebraska. Leaving Palestine, I had to go to Jordan because we don’t have airports. I was 22, and for me to have never been out of Palestine, and going to Nebraska! Also, before coming to the university I had a conference in Cairo, but I have spent the most time here in North Carolina.

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Fulbright Hijazi Isaili in media. It was my dream from the beginning, especially since I graduated from high school, to study media but it wasn’t available in my city, so I studied English language and literature at Hebron University. I also know it’s easy to find a job in media if you are working with media in Palestine. To be honest, in life here, I find freedom that I could not find in Palestine. I like life here … like with friends, technology, everything here is easy. But in Palestine it’s going to be hard for me. If my family were here, I would love to live here. I have seven sisters and six brothers, so I’m from a big family. I cannot imagine my life without my brothers, my sisters and my mom and dad. I would choose to live with my family, but I would like to come back to the United States if I have the chance to. What does your family think of you being here? They’re happy because I’m the only one in the family who has even traveled or been in a plane. They’re proud of me and awaiting my coming back. Has your view of America changed since you have been here? I used to think it was like in the movies with gangs, mafias, drugs, police, police chasing – just like Hollywood. We had a stereotype that Americans were stupid. I was shocked when I’ve seen most of them are friendly, but some, some of them are ignorant about the Middle East. I never thought I would see homeless people in the street like I first saw in Chicago. In Palestine we are under occupation, but we don’t have homeless people. It was a shock for me that in America, there are homeless people. When there was the economic crisis, I felt that crisis here. I saw that people could be out of their homes in one night with foreclosures or being bankrupt.

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Wake Up! is a student organization that raises funds for Kenya Kids Can, a ministry in the Rift Valley of Kenya that feeds children and brings solar powered computer centers to schools to help better education. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Magnolia Room, a Wake Up! event will be held to benefit the charity. Performances at the event will feature the a cappella groups Innuendo and Plead the Fifth. Food will be provided. All proceeds from the event’s $5 entry fee will go to Kenya Kids Can.

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What do you feel you can offer to both countries after your experience? Well, first of all, I’m thinking of conveying my experience here to my country, especially teaching methods — if I go back and I teach again I want to use the methods they use to teach here. In our country we are using really old textbooks and we are so strict with students. It should be more like friends with students. I would like to, even here, convey a message for Palestinians — we are not all terrorists, as they say sometimes. And convey a message of living in peace between the two countries, if there are two countries of Israel and Palestine. What is your biggest hope? My hope is to be one who is working in the Palestinian government who can help the Palestinians. We don’t have good leaders now. The situation is getting worse every day in Palestine; the people are suffering actually — prices are high, everything is expensive. What do you miss most about back home? The food. Gidra is my favorite. It’s put in a pot and over a wood fire. It’s meat and rice and they put local fat, made just in Palestine, Jordan and Syria I think. You can’t find it everywhere. What do you think you’ll miss about here when you leave? Friends … freedom … moving freely … parties… You can go from one state to another state here without checkpoints and without carrying your ID. Since I came here I haven’t had to show any ID. In Hebron, I live next to a settlement, just ten meters from the fence, so I have to go through checkpoints even in my neighborhood.

When will you be returning to Palestine? As part of the contract with Fulbright, I will be going back after the end of this semester. I have to convey the experience I got here to my country. Where do you see yourself in the future? Here or in Palestine? After the Fulbright, there is a two-year residency requirement for me to be in Palestine. What I’m thinking is continuing my master’s degree in Palestine or here, but my mom doesn’t want me to apply for the master’s here because she misses me a lot. I would like to apply for a master’s as soon as possible

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home to be proud of me.” His tone has been echoed by students on campus in light of a growing awareness of the image of student life in the community. At the heart of restoring the image of the Greek student has been attempting to rethink some of the traditions that have acted contrary to these ideals. “We want the rest of the community to see that we have a lot of great qualities,” senior Rachel Ardington, a member of Chi Omega sorority, said. She spoke candidly about joining the multitude of seniors pledging not to participate in Senior Fifth. “We don’t just want to go out all the time.” Traditions like Senior Fifth and Kiss Night have caused mixed views of Greek organizations in the community, and have sometimes overshadowed the positive impact Greek and student philanthropic efforts have had in the community. “We need to continue on with our commitment to make sure that parties and social events with and without alcohol stay on campus,” Hirst said.

“There are so many benefits to oncampus culture. I think the students are experiencing that and have really enjoyed it. “Some students have surprised themselves with much they prefer oncampus venues to those off-campus.” Moving social events on-campus cuts

“We want the rest of the community to see that we have a lot of great qualities. We don’t just want to go out all the time.”

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down on everything from the dangers of driving to disgruntled neighbors calling the police. “I would love to see Greek groups do more social events on-campus,” Student President Natalie Halpern said. “I see Greeks continuing to stay active on this campus and I hope the

open party system will stay with us forever.” An on-campus culture also contributes to Wake’s open-party system, fostering interaction between Greek and non-Greek students more than the exclusive, closed-party system many universities have nationwide. The growth of on-campus social functions would make these interactions even more accessible. A disaffiliated student echoed Halpern’s optimism. “While I am no longer part of a sorority, I love that Greek life is a big part of the social life here and hope that it continues to be,” the student, who chose to remain anonymous, said. “Greek events, such as beach weekend and date functions are some of my favorite memories here at Wake, and have added a lot of fun and unique experiences to my college life. Looking back on my college decision, I am glad that I chose a school with such a vibrant Greek life. “As a girl, I think that it is very easy to not be in a sorority and still feel very included in Greek events. From independent guy friends that I’ve

talked to, it can be a whole different story.” Many students acknowledged that the future of Greek life and all campus activities may be the best reflection of who we are as students, or what the university has campaigned as

“We want one’s involvement in student organizations, whether it’s the paper or Student Union or a study abroad expereince, to contribute to community benefit and human benefit.”

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recommitting to living our values. “It is important that we preserve the idea our fraternities stand for without being a liability to the university or our national chapters,” Swarbrick said. Unaffiliated students also believe that Greeks need to adapt to a modern lifestyle while preserving their

founding principles. “We, as college students, are so far removed from the original inception of social clubs like fraternities and sororities, that it has become exceedingly difficult to live in complete accordance with their original goals,” an anonymous junior said. “Instead, we should aim to focus our Greek life on facilitating friendship, loyalty and a good time responsibly for both members and other students.” All our interviewed leaders called upon Greek life to continue its emphasis on these founding intents of fraternities and sororities: leadership and forging relationships that will last far beyond graduation day. Students and faculty alike wanted Greek life to reemphasize the school’s Pro Humanitate devotion. “We want one’s involvement in student organizations, whether it’s the paper or Student Union or a study abroad experience, to contribute to community benefit and human benefit,” Zick said. Unity in those affiliated is crucial in defining the purpose of Greek life and exhibiting the contributions chapters can make to the community.


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Speak-Out seeks to raise awareness on sexual violence By Lindey Campagne | Asst. news editor

On Feb. 10, a serene and subdued Wait Chapel held the 19th Annual PREPARE (Policy Group on Rape Education, Prevention and Response) event Speak-Out. Seven accounts of sexual assault and rape were told to an audience of 600. Speak-Out was part of the Alpha Series and the last event held on campus during PREPARE’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon Week. According to PREPARE leaders senior co-chairs Molly Champagne and Evan Leadem, talking about sexual assault is difficult for everyone, especially victims. And yet, one in four women is a victim of a sexual assault. At the event, both victims and PREPARE advocates were quick to say that the university is not exempt from the dangers of sexual assault. In addition to Speak-Out, the week included a campus leaders symposium, a showing of the documentary film called Dreamworlds 3 and, of course, yellow balloons, posters and ribbons gracing the campus for awareness. “The week, as a whole, is designed to invite our campus community to reflect on the nature of sexual violence and its truly debilitating and devastating impact on both individual victims and all who are a part of Wake Forest,” Leadem said. Speak-Out, along with the week’s other activities, is the result of collaborative efforts between the student group PREPARE and other on-campus sponsors like University Police, the University Counseling Center, Greek Life, the Chaplain’s Office and Wake Forest Baptist Church. “By raising awareness of these issues and underscoring the fact that rape and sexual assault occur on our own campus, we hope to create a culture which is active in condemning sexual violence,” Leadem said. The accounts read during Speak-Out were sent anonymously to Amy Shuman, counselor at the University Counseling Center. She has been involved with the event since 2002, while PREPARE has been an active student group since 1987. “It was formed by a student who was concerned about gang rape,” Shuman said. Testimonials can be submitted throughout the year by a victim, friend or loved one.

When asked to comment on the difference be- acts. Candle holders were members of administween testimonies received in the past with those tration, faculty and students who sat in a semifrom today, Shuman claimed there is no differ- circle on the stage of Wait Chapel. ence. “You could compare a testimonial today Some of the faculty chosen to hold candles with that from 10 years ago and they would teach courses on women’s issues and gender roles, be virtually the same,” Shuman said. while others were police officers who investigate She also expressed that the trend of testi- reports of rape and sexual assault. Others were monials points towards victims predomi- PREPARE members chosen by the Executive nantly being females. Board. Shuman said the event is primarily about “The candle holders were chosen based on their unity and “honoring the survivors of contributions to bringing awareness to and comsexual assault.” bating sexual violence on our campus,” Leadem Each testimonial read at the said. Speak-Out was from a fePlead the Fifth and Innuendo, two student acamale victim. pella, groups performed for the crowd gathered Stories ranged from in Wait Chapel. accounts of rape that Their songs had a somber tone, but hopeful occurred here on cam- message to commemorate survivors, victims and pus to a story of an abu- those affected by sexual assault. sive relationship as told Following the reading of the testimonials, all by a family member. audience members lit candles in commemoration The night began with a welcoming address de- of survivors of sexual violence. livered by Molly Champagne. She emphasized Flames burned throughout the chapel as the that most victims of sexual assault know their crowd reflected on the testimonials of the speakvictims and no campus is too safe to be free of ers. assault. Leadem closed the Champagne ceremony and invited was followed by audience members to PREPARE Fast Facts thoughts delivtie a yellow ribbon on • One in five female students at the university have ered by Meghan the Magnolia Quad, Haenn, univerwhich was lined with had a sexual experience during college where sity fellow. Her candles in white bags. they have not given consent or were unable to discussion was Leadem spoke of a give consent. initiated by a new resolve to make question posed changes to end sexual • 80 percent of sexual assaults at the university to the audience: violence on our caminvolve alcohol. “Have you been pus and everywhere. • Over 50 percent of sexual assaults at the univerintimate with “All of us, as a someone lately?” whole, must work to sity happen on campus. Haenn proceedput an end to sexual • 89 percent of sexual assaults at the university are ed to talk about violence,” Leadem perpetrated by a fellow student. the lack of emosaid to the crowd. tional intimacy “We must be cata• 1/3 of university students know a fellow student among relationlysts for this change.” who has been sexually assaulted. ships because In its 19th year, (2008 Survey) of the vulnerSpeak-Out was sucability and trust cessful in bringing involved with campus together to commitment. remember survivors She emphasized how victims of sexual abuse or and acknowledge the modern dangers of sexual assault are often more reluctant to engage in an assault. intimate relationship after trust and security has Equally as important, the event united students. been exploited by a loved one or friend. After the Speak-Out, students huddled in fellowCandles were also lit on stage every two min- ship outside of Wait Chapel while the candles linutes to signify the frequency of violent sexual ing the quad illuminated the night.

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Outside the Bubble Mubarak appeases rioters with calm resignation On Jan. 25 protests began in Egypt demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, who had been in office since 1981. On Feb. 11, Vice President Omar Suleiman announced, in a one-minute state television broadcast, that Mubarak had resigned. At the time of print, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces has been appointed to run the affairs of the country. Thousands of Egyptians cheered and flooded the streets of Cairo after hearing the news they had anticipated for weeks. Sources close to Mubarak said he fled to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. His assets were frozen by the government Feb. 11. Plans for Egypt’s long-term government leadership are still under negotiation.

Obama defends plans to address national debt President Obama continues to urge for bipartisan cooperation in Washington in order to address the issues associated with the national debt. On Feb. 14 he proposed a budget, for the third time in his presidency, that warrants deeper cuts in government spending. In response to criticism of his plan, Obama argued that simply because it does not specifically address Social Security and Medicare, it does not mean Washington will neglect these items. He compared the drastic cut in government spending to the tightening of all individual Americans’ budgets in these tumultuous financial times.

Other nations follow Egypt’s lead in uprising In the wake of Mubarak’s resignation, other riots have sprung up around the world. Facebook and Twitter have been modes of organizing protests in both Bahrain and Tunsia. Bahrainis are now calling for the removal of the royal family. Yemen protests are taking place in the capital city of Sanaa with riots both in favor and against government. Algeria, Jordan and Syria are also experiencing the domino effect of national protest. Algeria, much like Egypt, has a large populous of young people fighting against issues of unemployment and corrupt government leaders.

Two opposition leaders face execution in Tehran

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The College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty stood shoulder to shoulder with nationally prominent Republicans at CPAC. Students campaigned for Dale Peterson (left) and spoke with diplomat John Bolton (right). Continued from Page A1 consider Romney, Palin and Mike Huckabee to be obvious choices for the GOP nomination; the rousing and heartfelt speeches delivered by former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicate a willingness on the part of the GOP to widen its field of contenders and increase competition within the party,” senior Kevin Mallary, the College Republicans communications director, said. The speakers not only promoted themselves; many

politicians addressed the problems cerned with cutting spending right facing Congress and the government now. today. “I was The nominavery impressed tion will be the with Rep. Paul “It just goes to show that there’s a focus of next Ryan,” Berger year’s CPAC.” real interest among youth in this said. “He disThe univercussed how we country to get involved in the 2012 sity chapter of presidential campaign.” should focus College Repubon how much licans sent 23 Seth Williford spending we students to the College Republicans can cut and not conference, on how much more than it has we are able to sent to any prespend. Conservatives are more con- vious CPAC. The university chapter

of Young Americans for Liberty sent two students. CPAC estimates that more than 10,000 people attended the conference this year. “I would estimate that nearly half of the attendants were college students,” senior Seth Williford, former chairperson of College Republicans, said. “It just goes to show that there’s a real interest among youth in this country to get involved in the 2012 presidential campaign, and it also speaks to the conservative resurgence that has taken root since the 2010 elections.”

POLICE BEAT Alcohol and Drug Charge •University Police responded to a loud party complaint at 12:18 a.m. Feb. 12 at 146 Rosedale Circle. Upon arrival, police charged students with underage alcohol consumption and city noise ordinance violations. A report of the incident was sent to the Dean’s Office.

rant from Forsyth County and was charged with trespassing on the campus in the past. • Unknown subject(s) removed an unsecured bike at 2:45 p.m. Feb. 9 from a rear stairwell at Student Apts. No suspect has been charged at this time. • Unknown subject(s) removed an unsecured wallet at 8:11 p.m. Feb. 12 from a bathroom in Reynolda Hall. The wallet was later found in the Pit with money missing.

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• An offender was seen in victim’s office at 1:15 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Benson University Center. The victim discovered her wallet was missing. The victim chased the offender into Lot C where University Police conducted an interview. Police found that the offender had an outstanding war-

• A student was transported to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center by EMS at 6:42 p.m. Feb. 12 after fainting in front of a service elevator in the Benson Center. • A student was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center at 9:02 p.m. Feb. 9 after suf-

The Iranian government issued violent warnings against former presidential candidates Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi for initiating the demonstrations that began last week. Organizers have gathered in Azadi Square, which was the site of mass protests by Iran’s opposition movement during the much disputed 2009 presidential elections. Patrolling security forces have been battling protestors violently with batons and tear gas. Iranian parliament argues that demonstrations will stop with the execution of the two instigators, Karrubi and Moussavi.

Land in Surry County plagued by wildfire Homes and land are threatened by the growing wildfire that began in Surry County, N.C., Feb. 14. At the time of print, the fire has grown to 582 acres and is endangering as many as 20 nearby homes. So far, no one has been injured in the flames. Doug Jones, Surry County fire marshall, has said firefighters will use airplanes and build containment lines to contain the fire. As of Feb. 15, the fire was 60 percent contained while more fire crews are expected to arrive to extinguish the remaining fire.

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Miscellaneous • University Police responded to a call at 5:13 p.m. Feb. 12 in response to a loud party on Locke Drive. No noise or other violations were found upon investigation. • University Police responded to a call at 4:51 p.m. Feb. 7 in response to damage to a vehicle in Lot Q. Upon examination, it was found that the subject damaged a rear windshield wiper on victim’s vehicle. No suspects have been charged at this time.

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n Feb. 11 Hosni Mubarak left Cairo for the last time. Egypt's Generation Y stood up and proclaimed their liberation. 30 years of ostensible tyranny ended with the click of a mouse, the post of a status and the creation of a Facebook group. Images from Tahrir Square revealed Egyptians celebrating, praying and raising the Egyptian flag. "Today belongs to the people of Egypt, and the American people are moved by these scenes in Cairo and across Egypt because of who we are as a people and the kind of world that we want our children to grow up in," President Barack Obama said. However, are there winners and losers in this struggle?

Loser: World Media Every decision made by the world media during the weeks of protests showed them to be out of step with the events on the ground. Weeks before images streamed to America from Tahrir Square, the U.S. media largely ignored the rise of the Tunisian people against their ruler. Throughout the protests, journalists focused only on Cairo while failing to show the protests in cities in every region in Egypt. The night before Mubarak walked out of Cairo, the world news speculated that Mubarak may back out on his promises. For one of the first times since Sept. 11, 2001, a global media designed to deal with a major terrorist attack or otherwise world-changing event captivated audiences as it showed the Eyptian people's every move. Yet it fumbled every step of the way. Winner: Social Media A month before the protests began, MSNBC questioned whether the era of Facebook was coming to a close. Then the world watched

as Egyptians planned their revolution in Facebook groups and Twitter feeds. Far from an end of its era, Mark Zuckerberg's invention has morphed from connector of college kids to overthrower of tyrants. The era of Facebook has only just begun. Loser: The White House The American government sent upwards of $1 billion to the Mubarak regime each year. Every president from Reagan through Obama hailed Mubarak's government as a beacon of democracy in an autocratic and tyrannical region. Though the White House has now proclaimed the liberation of the Egyptian people to be in line with the American principles of individual rights and freedom, it largely created the very tyrant the Egyptian people overthrew. Loser: Arab Governments The people in the surrounding Arab states have begun to follow the Egyptian — ­ read Tunisian — lead. The Algerian, Yemeni, Bahraini, Libyan and Syrian governments fear similar fates as Facebook groups abound and protests begin. Riots in Iran have already brought casualties. Even largely stable leaders like Morocco's King Muhammad VI fear uprisings. Winner: Egyptians The biggest winners of the day, however, were the Facebook-ers who used social media to organize their liberation, the Muslim Brotherhood whose desire to overthrow Mubarak finally came to fruition, and the protestors who took down a tyrant. The question now becomes, where will the tides of liberation take Egypt? All avenues are open to a people continuing the work of changing history.

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Emphasis on singles trumps album attention

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So then it makes sense from a consumer’s standpoint that one wouldn’t want to buy a whole album if most of it is crap. I, for one, think that the growing negligence of the format of the album is disheartening. The album has always been an essential experience for me, and has led to my appreciation and understanding of music. Good albums are like a story — a cinematic journey that has a beginning middle and end. To me, most good music should be experienced as an album because I feel that most artists intend for their work to be presented that way, as a long-running experience rather than a downloadable single. Many artists create their albums as a whole entity, and don’t necessarily focus on finding songs that will be released as singles or be the chart-toppers. Of course, having a physical artifact in relation to music has always been important to me too. Whether in the form of CDs or vinyl records, I like to have something tangible when it comes to music. This makes it more real to me, more authentic and more valuable, rather than a file on a computer that can be erased with the click of a button. Album artwork is also important to a lot of listeners, and is something that increasingly has been getting pushed to the side as digital music becomes more and more standard.

he music industry has undergone a lot of changes in recent years, to say the least. Big industry labels generally put all their money into making a few artists the “next big thing”, and all of the focus is on the next single, the next music video, the next EP or the next downloadable content. The format of the album, some would say, is even becoming obsolete. But the album, to me at least, has always been of utmost importance for my listening experience. People, for the most part, seem to listen to music one song at a time, with their iPods on shuffle or on a playlist filled with their favorites. Less emphasis is put on moving albums as a whole, but rather the ringtone and radio single sales that dominate the music market. I’m not saying that the digital age hasn’t brought good things to the music industry, because that isn’t the case either. Contemporary music industry Artists can put their material up sacrifices tangibility for online and offer it to the public directly, cutting out the need for a real music label accessibility altogether. It pains me to say that even one Bands as big as Radiohead (and as small of my favorite bands, The Cure, has as my own band) have self-released entire records as a whole, available online as a pay- abandoned the idea of album releases and instead releases one song at a time what-you-want download. every few months. Music has become much more accessible While this may be the easier way to people than it’s ever been, and some to make a bigger profit for the record would say that the fact that the internet labels and get more exposure for the has taken over the music market is a good artists, it’s far from the ideal listening thing. experience for fans who really want The power of distribution seems to be However, most bands still believe shifting towards the artist rather than the that the album format makes the most middle man, which is probably where it sense to really release music and for should have been all along. fans to fully enjoy it. However, this ease of distribution and My hope is that in the ever accessibility has definitely led to a change in increasing fast-paced culture we live the way people listen to music. in, where most people prefer digital Rather than buy the whole album from an artist, most people simply buy the singles singles they can quickly put on their iPod playlists or a mix CD, some music — the catchy one-off flavor of the week lovers will look past this and will still type cuts that you can see populating the choose to take the time to truly enjoy Billboard Top 100 on any given week. these albums as a whole work, in the This presents a serious challenge to the way that the artist intended when artist: why keep making entire albums if pouring his heart into this piece of art. people are only going to buy a single off of it for just $1 or a little less on iTunes? Some (if not most) pop artists answer this Cory McConnell is a junior question by simply making a “singles” communication major from Champions album, with a few hits and a lot of filler. Gate, Fla.

- Karl, age 5, answering the questions “What does love mean?” asked by a group of professionals who posed the question to a group of four to eight year olds. “” “Theocratic regimes invariably suffer from the same besetting sin: As the world evolves, they must either revise their antiquated doctrines or try to hold the world rigidly in stasis. Iran’s ruling mullahs keep choosing the latter option. The regime seems dedicated above all to stamping out joy wherever it may accidentally arise.” - Melik Kaylan, New York based journalist, former arts editor at Forbes.com and editor-at-large at ReganBooks, sharing his opinions on Iran’s ban on Valentine’s Day. “” “Social media is a revolutionary force. We know that, but we’re still catching up with its implications. A leader of the Egyptian revolt was a Google executive. Could the future be any clearer?” - Peggy Noonan, American author and Wall Street journal columnist discussing the impact of social media on recent events in the Middle East “” “If someone should inquire and perhaps would like to make little chocolate jaguarundis or something similar, then we certainly wouldn’t be disinterested.” - Katrin Ernst, head of the Tiergarten Delitzch Zoo in eastern Germany, describing the likely influx of interest in Frank, a jaguarundis, who has recently gained serious international interest thanks to his cross-eyes.


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Technology allows world to watch revolution unfold

Protest flame influenced by social media

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Sitting in the Pit last week, a conversation regarding the events in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen began. The conversation quickly steered towards the subject of “why does it matter?” What did the events that occurred across a continent and massive ocean have to do with the everyday lives of university students? Why was it important for an education or chemistry major to pay attention to the notion of revolution in a far-away country that had almost

nothing to do with the future of our state? Yes, Egypt has been a vital supporter of the Israeli state, which is always a hot button topic in American politics. And yes, we do trade with the Egyptian state and have turned a blind eye to the atrocities of a repressive regime. But, beyond that, why does it matter what we think? Well, to be completely blunt, it does matter. The world is no longer contorted and shaped by mountainous divides, prohibiting communication and permeability. Thanks to technological advances, the world is increasingly becoming flat. We are able to quickly converse with an individual halfway across the globe. Facebook and Twitter have afforded us the chance to watch a revolution as it takes shape. This is the first time in the history of the world that a movement has been instantaneous, that the world was at the scene of the protests. Students chimed in with their support, global leaders shared their

opinions and news pundits analyzed the events as they unfolded. The world has changed, it has flattened and finally the term “global citizen” seems to be a reality. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, modern technology can be either a blessing or a curse. We can often be trapped behind the walls of mass communication,

Modern social media plays significant role in flattening the world and creating a global society. unable to break free and unable to really learn how to communicate with those around us. However, technology can also be the savior and the outlet for change. The Egyptian government quickly realized the power that mass communication could have — shutting down Twitter to prevent an uprising from sweeping the world. They did this because they realized that if they didn’t, the world would chime in, giving support for the movement and eventually ousting

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Valentine’s Day exposes disparities in gender relations Many factors justify hate for romantic holiday

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know it sounds cliché to be that person. You know the one. He or she is totally antiValentine’s Day, maybe because they aren’t the sappy, lovey-dovey, PDA-friendly, pinkstuff-everywhere kind of person. Perhaps they hate Valentine’s Day because they don’t have a significant other to share the most romantic day of the year with. Maybe they don’t even believe in romance, Valentine’s Day or love at all. For me, it’s a mix of things. I just truly don’t like Valentine’s Day. If I see another heart-shaped balloon, I promise the world that I will pop it. No, I am not the Grinch; I absolutely do have a heart but something deep down inside me is totally and completely against the holiday. So I decided to do a serious investigation to discover why exactly I feel this way about Valentine’s Day. The first reason that I came up with is that Valentine’s Day has no real history. It’s just a random holiday – like Groundhog Day (what is up with that?). There are three main stories as to which St.

Superficiality of February holiday leads many to despise the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Valentine this holy holiday is named after but all of them are marred in hearsay and mystery. So we take this day so seriously when no one even really knows who St. Valentine is or what he did for society. That seems rather blasphemous to me. Speaking of blasphemy, the original purpose of Valentine’s Day was an attempt to interject Christianity into what had previously been a traditionally pagan month focused on cleansing and waiting for spring. Why make such a huge deal about a holiday that has no real history, let alone a holiday where no one cares about the history? The second reason I hate Valentine’s Day is because it is supposedly a day to pay extra special attention to that special someone. Shouldn’t every day be a day to do something special for that person? Can’t you give your sweetheart a box of chocolates on some random Tuesday in September, just because you love him or her? Why do people feel that they have to wait until Valentine’s Day to get dressed up and go out somewhere super fancy together? It seems rather contradictory to have a single day a year that is meant to celebrate being together. If you really love someone, everyday should be Valentine’s Day! A third reason I hate Valentine’s Day is because it is aimed towards women and, as has been established, it is supposed to be a holiday about two people who love each other.

According to the Greeting Card Association, over 85 percent of all gifts given on Valentine’s Day are given to women. Seriously?! If you are celebrating your love for each other, why is the girl in the relationship is the only one to get the swag? That is not a good set-up for a healthy relationship, if you ask me. Every major jewelry story puts their fanciest diamond bracelets and solid 24-karat gold earrings out for sale, but not their men’s watches or cufflinks. A healthy relationship is about both getting and GIVING. Valentine’s Day doesn’t seem to foster that very well. A fourth reason I hate Valentine’s Day is because it could be a forerunner in the quest to make being homosexual or bisexual socially acceptable, but it fails in a major way. Many gay and lesbian organizations boycott the holiday due to the overwhelming absence of even the smallest amount of gay and lesbianrelated Valentine’s stuff. Why can’t there be Valentine’s cards that are aimed for one man or woman to give to another of the same sex? All the companies that pump out massive amounts of cards and such for heterosexual couples could make things for homosexual ones. If that were to happen, it would make huge strides in making the public more comfortable with gays and lesbians and the ramifications that that would have in politics could be significant. Thus, I hate Valentine’s Day. It is an all-around fake holiday and I feel that by making such a huge deal about is contradictory to all it stands for. By making it the third most expensive holiday, one without any background and that is inherently stupid, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. If it is a holiday about love, it always turns out to be a holiday about the women in the relationship, but only heterosexual relationships, and a holiday that no one knows why they even celebrate it! That doesn’t sit right with me. Many people say they are anti-Valentine’s Day but that is probably just because they are single and bitter. However, I truly have a beef with the holiday. You can find me giving cards to my friends and family on a random day when I feel like telling people I love them. So for all those people out there who dislike Valentine’s Day, for whatever reason you choose, just know that you’re not alone. But don’t just say it because you don’t have someone who wants to be your “Valentine.” Once you look into the holiday itself, you will see that there is very little substance to it. The way I feel about Valentine’s Day is the same way I feel when I eat a lot of chocolate (which many have done on this special day) — empty. Make Valentine’s Day every day, some random day or never — the point is, you can decide how this day goes all for yourself. Fill it with chocolates and red roses, or sad movies and tears, as long as you celebrate it the way you want to. You don’t have to be in love to enjoy Feb. 14th. Take that, St. Valentine (whoever you are).

Renee Slawsky is a sophomore political science and Russian major from Knoxville, Tenn.

the arguably corrupt regime that had remained in place for so long. It turns out, the Egyptian government’s efforts were futile. The world was watching and the world gave their support. They stood behind the students, workers and individuals yearning to be heard. The governments of the world allowed the events to unfold without interference. The citizens of the world pledged their support for the revolution, allowing for the people of Egypt to finally be free. And, that is why it matters. As shown in Egypt, the events in one country are not limited to the borders of its domain. Instead, the actions and voices of the peoples and governments are projected across the globe, where they can be seen and analyzed by anyone that cares to listen or watch. The 21st century is an exciting time to be alive. It is a time of great social mobility, incredible technological advances that vastly increase international interconnection for citizens across

state borders and the passion that ensues following these new connections. Everyone around the world has the opportunity to learn and grow on a global scale. We are no longer only Americans or Englishmen or Germans. Instead, we are citizens of the world, united as one, succeeding and failing side by side. So, next time your friends ask you why it matters what’s going on across the ocean, you’ll have an answer. Tell them it matters because it affects what we do, what we feel and what we believe. The actions of a few are felt by the hearts of billions. It is time to start realizing that our actions are visible across mountains, valleys and seas. The world is increasingly flat and continues to only grow even smaller and smaller as time passes, and this is unlikely to change as people across the world are able to continually connect through a wide variety of mediums.

Hamlin Wade is a junior political science major from Charlotte, N.C.

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As 2012 election approaches, Obama moves to the middle

During their second years of office, Presidents Clinton and Reagan both had approval rating Guest columnist gaps between Democrats and Republicans of over 50 percent, and the partisan gap s the new year gets into full swing, between George W. Bush’s approval ratings candidates for the 2012 presidential was 44 percent. election are already beginning to More importantly, in 2004, the gap in organize campaign strategies for garnering Bush’s partisan approval ratings had risen to a support, donations and the coveted presidential nomination from their respective staggering 76 percent. However, needless to say, all three of these parties. Although the Republican nomination presidents were elected to a second term. is still up in the air, the Democratic But they’re not the only ones. nomination is not, and will most certainly Other presidents have rebounded from be bestowed upon the current office holder, troubling mid-term ratings to win a second President Barack Obama. four-year term, but how have they managed But the primary elections are right around this feat? the corner; Super Tuesday itself is scarcely It’s really quite simple. a year away, and how are the president’s The tactic of pressing controversial issues approval ratings doing? during the first two years of a presidency and Many people would say “not too well” and backing off during the second two is nearly as they would be right. old as the office itself. Obama’s current approval rating, according Since the November 2010 elections, to Gallup Polls, is just shy of 50 percent, President Obama, exemplifying this attitude, which isn’t shocking, considering the current has made strides towards reaching across the state of the economy. aisle and cooperating with Republicans. More interesting than this, however, is the His approval rating has reflected this, rising gap between Republican and Democratic about five percentage points in the past three months. Regardless of poor approval Although this tactic has indeed been used ratings, history indicates that for the past 200 years, it seems that it catches incumbents may have the the nation off-guard every time. upper-hand. Apparently, even after two years of an unpopular presidency, a downplaying of a president’s most controversial objectives approval ratings of the president. in favor of more bipartisan relationships is The Republican rating has been at an average of 13 percent over the past year, while enough to convince most people that we the Democratic rating has hovered around 80 weren’t really as bad off as we thought we were. percent, creating a massive difference. It is important for Republicans to Although it is possible that the Republican understand this, and to realize that the battle approval rating is unrealistically low due to is not yet won; a simple discrepancy in a staunch opposition of the Democrats, the approval ratings doesn’t indicate the downfall Independent rating is low as well: below 50 of a presidential administration. percent. On the contrary, if history has any say in The Democratic rating is high, but could the future, this discrepancy may very well easily be attributed to rating inflation due indicate a polarizing force that will carry the to party loyalty, and is not necessarily a reflection of the president’s numerous political incumbent to a second victory, and that is a lesson far better learned now rather than in achievements. Many Republicans view these, other ratings, November of 2012, after the dust will have settled on the presidential and congressional and the November turnover in the House elections and the two-year wait will start all of Representatives as a sure sign that times over again. are changing, and that the 2012 presidential election is within grasp. However, it is important to note, as many websites including Gallup have been recently Seth Collie is a freshman undeclared major reporting, that history would tend to disagree. from Newton, N.C.

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Wake ‘N Shake recruitment team needs to reevaluate methods Event planners should inform, not offend Ashton Astbury Editor in chief

First off, I would like to establish that I am writing this Opinion piece not as the collective voice of the editorial staff of this publication (regardless of what my by-line may suggest), but as a member of the university community who encountered something this week that really ticked me off. Tuesday was one of those unfortunate days that seemed to be plagued with bad luck, a reality which I am sure the bulk of college students can relate to. During a morning meeting that replaced my designated lunchtime, my

contact somehow managed to badly scratch my eye, and subsequently left me running to the Pit half blind to grab a quick omelet before class. Upon approaching the Pit entrance, I wasn’t surprised to hear megaphones announcing the approach of Wake ‘N Shake registration, as this occurrence had been announced in my sorority’s chapter meeting the previous day. With one hand over my injured eye and a mind focused on beating the omelet line, I hurried toward the Pit with little regard to the calls of the hyped-up members of the Wake ‘N Shake team. I was hungry, in pain and had already committed to registering for Wake ‘N Shake with my respective sorority. I had no reason to stop. As I gained closer proximity to these team members, their calls grew louder and their prose, quite frankly, more obnoxious. As I continued to

demonstrate no sign of stopping to register, I was hit with: “If you don’t sign up for Wake ‘N Shake now, that means you love cancer.” I’d like to isolate the fact that I’m a big proponent of enthusiastic recruitment and find it central to garnering participation in any organization, event or cause on a college campus. However, there are limits. After this particular encounter with the Wake ‘N Shake recruitment team, I couldn’t help but question, are employing blaring megaphones and chasing your peers across the quad with demands for registration really the most effective methods of recruitment? Moreover, are they the right ones? I profoundly respect the cause of Wake ‘N Shake and all campus philanthropic endeavors dedicated to

the legacy of Brian Piccolo and cancer research. My mother battled colon cancer two years ago, and I embrace membership in a campus community so invested in finding a cure. Perhaps that’s why the inappropriate calls of one member of the Wake ‘N Shake recruitment team packed a harder punch. I’d hate to see such a fantastic campus-wide event belittled by brash and immature recruitment tactics. I shrugged off this aforementioned instance of an offensive proclamation on the grounds that it was probably attributable to one unthoughtful person caught up in the heat of the moment. But then I heard proclamations of similar sentiment on the way to class. Wake ‘N Shake, if you want people to support your cause, you need to gain their respect first. I think I am

justified in questioning whether a coordinated effort of “storming” your peers really beckons their esteem and support. I think what it invokes instead is eye-rolling, discomfort, and wishing I had worn earmuffs when I left my dorm on Tuesday morning. Wake ‘N Shake recruitment should focus more on informing students of the detriments of cancer, and not verbally assaulting them on the way to lunch. I’ll continue to register for this event due to my personal stake in its cause, but will I anticipate its approach? No, not anymore. Ashton Astbury is a junior political science and English major from Garden City, N.Y. and New Canaan, Conn.

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Conference introduces candidates for Republican nomination Jenn Leser

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et me start this off by saying that if you’re not the flag-waving, crying at the National Anthem (I tear up every single time I hear it and I’m not the slightest bit ashamed to admit it), loving America more than anything else imaginable in the world kind of person, then you might want to put this article down and stop reading. If that sentiment doesn’t put you off, however, we really should be best friends, and you should continue on. This past weekend, myself and 22 other College Republicans went to Washington D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference — CPAC for short — and had the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of

conservative speakers, some more interesting than others. There were the sort-of liberals, like Gary Johnson, for example. The former New Mexico governor and 2010 presidential candidate, advocated for reformed Social Security, a balanced budget — and the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. There were some superstars and potential candidates for the 2010 nomination. Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Donald Trump and my own personal favorites John Thune and Paul Ryan all spoke about the success of the midterm elections and their hopes for the presidential elections. They also spoke to goals of seizing of the Senate, and continuing dominance in the House. Then, there were the insane speakers (at least in my humble opinion). While waiting to

hear Governor Rick Perry, we had to sit through Ron Paul, Texan Representative and all around maniac. Within the span of five minutes, he managed to advocate ending the Federal Reserve, eliminating government and instead paying 10 percent of your income to a central body that would leave you alone, and finally, American isolationism. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the “Ron Paul crazies” who showed up to his speech, and Rand Paul’s the day before. Nothing against Ron Paul, but having supporters scream “war criminal” at former Vice President Dick Cheney, dress pretty sloppily when everyone else is all decked out in business casual and wave giant “End the Fed” posters, despite them being against official

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conference rules, doesn’t send a good message to potential voters, even if he did win the straw poll that simulates the Republican primary process. To be fair, the poll isn’t exactly the most accurate gauge — Ron Paul has won the past two years and yet has made few strides towards being taken seriously as a presidential candidate ­— but it does show the start of a trend in the Republican Party. Movements like the Tea Party and Libertarians have come a long way since humble beginnings only a few years ago, and as shown in the 2010 midterm elections, have the power and influence to get candidates to become serious contenders, and in the cases of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ron Johnson, can even get elected to Congress. Perhaps the most important lesson

to be gleaned from CPAC is the marked interest of young people in the political process. Thousands of college students converged onto the capital to discuss pertinent issues, network for future careers, and maybe most importantly, pick up tons and tons of random stuff like free light-up yo-yos, “Dale Peterson for President” cowboy hats, and the ubiquitous “Is It 2012 Yet?” T-shirts — available only in extra-large by the end of the first day due to vast popularity. CPAC is about so much more than the copious amounts of free swag though. With the 2012 presidential elections literally right around the corner, there is no better time to start getting involved in the political process, finding a candidate to support — personally, I’m pulling for Paul Ryan and his wonderful

football metaphors — and, if you haven’t already, register to vote. There’s no time like the present to make a difference in both Washington and your own local and state governments. I’m not saying to go and vote for the conservatives when it comes to be election time — though if you want my honest opinion, I’d say that would probably be my first recommendation — but just starting the process is a great way to get your voice heard and find a candidate who you feel can properly represent you, even if it is someone as crazy and insane as Ron Paul. Conservatives of America, it’s time to take action. Jenn Leser is a freshman political science major from Alamo, Calif.


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Quad leadership conference builds global citizens By Hilary Burns | Asst. life editor

The Twin Cities Collegiate Leadership Conference offered a day dedicated to global perspectives, intercultural respect and leadership Feb. 12 in Benson University Center. Student representatives from each of Winston-Salem’s collegiate institutions — Salem College, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University, as well as academic and community leaders, came together to evaluate leadership in a global society. An organization called The Quad, which includes student representatives from each of the four universities, organized the conference as a step toward unifying the schools’ missions to prepare students for global leadership opportunities. The day began with icebreaker activities for the students leaders to meet each other and learn about their respective positions and institutions. “The experiences at the different collegiate institutions create artificial barriers,” Arran Caza, assistant professor of business administration, said. “When these differences are brought together in one room, fresh ideas and perspectives are formed that would otherwise go unnoticed.” After Ken Zick, vice president of student life, welcomed everyone to the conference, a video explained the

international experiences of specific members of The Quad. “I think it’s important for the colleges in Winston-Salem to collaborate and realize what is going on in a multi-cultural community,” Executive Director of the Hispanic League of Winston-Salem Amy Barnhart said. The keynote speaker was Executive Director of Peacework Development Fund Steve Darr. Darr talked about his personal experience as a student assisting in a children’s home in N.C. He created a basketball team for the children, and although they rarely won, the team enjoyed the games immensely. Darr used this example to show how making a difference in one person’s life is just as important as changing an entire nation. He showed inspiring video clips including Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech to exemplify the significance of cultural acceptance. “The keynote speech inspired me and made me realize how refreshing it is to meet all of these new faces,” Salem College sophomore Kayla Hocker said. Following the keynote speech, roundtable discussions were held in various rooms throughout Benson. At these discussions, community and academic leaders shared their cultural experiences. In a discussion titled “Intercultural Living: How Cultural Differences

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The Quad’s leadership conference introduced WinstonSalem students to the stories of global citizens. Impact Our Interactions,” Manager for Coaching Operations Lori Timm discussed her experiences marrying a Venezuelan man and living in Venezuela for eleven years. She said the cultural differences between Venezuela and the United States were astounding and raising her children in a foreign country was an experience that greatly impacted her character. She now considers Venezuela home, and encourages everyone to travel and immerse themselves in other cultures. Caza shared his experiences living in New Zealand — a locale in which

you can go to the beach and hit the ski slopes in the same day. Caza loves the culture and variations in urban and rural life, and recommends that all students experience a culture different from their own. Caza emphasized that just because a culture does something a different way, that does not make it wrong. He learned to have an open mind and to appreciate the benfits of diversity. “Getting the opportunity to speak with community members outside of the Wake bubble is really a great thing,” freshman Aaron Colston said. “The diversity in experiences here is amazing.”

Some history and English majors confessed that they were advised by friends not to attend these events because they were a “waste of time.” It turns out that students have been asking their professors for advice and direction instead of heading to Career Services professionals. “I’ve found getting to know my professors to be extremely helpful in terms of making connections,” senior Michael Hoag, a communication major, said. “They want to see you graduate, so it makes sense that they’ve been more willing to sit down with me to discuss my options for the future.” English Professor Mary Neipold mentioned that several of her students have approached her to discuss her past experiences in the news industry. When asked whether she would be willing to speak at a workshop hosted by Career Services, she responded that she would absolutely speak. While Career Services has made several positive changes in the past year to revamp the way students perceive them — it simply may not be enough.


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{ NATIONAL STAGE } Suspensions and fines result from heated Penguins-Islanders game The NHL suspended three players for their parts in a Feb. 11 on-ice brawl between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders. Islanders forward Trevor Gillies was suspended for nine games and forward Matt Martin for four games. The Penguins’ Eric Godard was suspended 10 games automatically for leaving the bench to join the brawl in the third period. Former Penguin star and current owner, Mario Lemieux, was not pleased. “If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to rethink whether I want to be a part of it,” he said. The game produced 346 penalty minutes, 10 ejections, 15 fighting majors and 20 misconducts. The Islanders beat-up on the Penguins on the scoreboard as well; they won the game 9-3. The teams play again April 8.

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Men’s tennis senior Jonathan Wolff won both his singles and doubles matches Feb. 13 against VCU at the Indoor Tennis Center as the Deacons defeated the Rams 6-1. Wake Forest improved to 2-3 this year. In his singles match, Wolff defeated VCU’s Max Wennakoski 6-2, 6-2 Wolff at the No. 2 spot. In his doubles match, Wolff teamed up with sophomore Danny Kreyman to defeat VCU’s team of Tim Johannsen and Antoine Baroz 8-6.

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By Matt Poppe | Sports editor Silence. That has been the response emitting from the Screamin’ Demons student section this season – an atmosphere nearly unheard of in seasons past. It is has become apparent that attendance at home basketball games at the Joel Coliseum has dropped tremendously, particularly evident in the student section. Anyone who has attended a game this season has seen a complete transformation from a once overflowing sea of tie-dye T-shirts into a meager seating area that is often comprised of more band members than other students. Anyone that watches the games from home can see that TV crews often have to zoom in on a rare group of four or five students just to give the appearance that there

is an active student section in the Joel during home games. This change has not occurred overnight. Even dating back to last season, the support for athletics at Wake Forest has seemed to decline, most notably, enthusiasm for the basketball program. The decline cannot be attributed to just one factor, however. It is a multifaceted issue that has plagued the university with full force this season. The reason that many students will isolate for not attending the games is the play of the basketball team itself. Unfortunately, this excuse can in no way be denied. The Demon Deacons sit at a dismal 8-18 mark as of Feb. 15, and have only mustered one win in the ACC in 11 conference games so far. “In terms of the lower attendance, a lot of it has to attribute to the

level of play,” junior Robert Chin, the public relations chair of Screamin’ Demons said. “It’s got to be. People just don’t want to go to see the team lose.” Wake Forest, historically, has always been a top team in the ACC, only posting one sub-.500 record since the 1990-91 season. The team has been ranked No. 1 in the country three times. The Deacs have also had many star players that have brought fans to the Joel. There have been seven Wake Forest All-Americans since 1993. Most recently, standout players like Chris Paul, Josh Howard and Jeff Teague have gone on to become NBA first round draft picks. Even students still enrolled at the university can remember when the team was one of the best in the country and students were excited to cheer on the squad.

In the 2008-09 campaign, the Deacons went 24-7 and were ranked No. 1 for a portion of the season. In 2009-10, Wake Forest posted a 20-11 record and were knocked out in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship by powerhouse Kentucky. Due to this past success, current students and Wake Forest fans alike expect some degree of success from the basketball team. “The juniors and seniors got used to (the team) being so good,” Chin said. “We were No. 1 in the nation my freshman year and many seemed to almost be spoiled by that.” The Deacons have multiple reasons to attribute for what many have called a rebuilding year. The

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Vets look to turn things around in 2011

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The Carmelo Anthony trade saga has been developing for months. Since LeBron James publicly announced his intention to sign with the Miami Heat in early July, the NBA free-agency obsession has since shifted to the Denver Nuggets’ superstar. However, unlike the LeBron James’ situation – in which the Cleveland Cavaliers were under the impression that the Akron native would resign – Anthony has practically given the Nuggets a definitive “I’m out” by steadfastly refusing the offered three-year, $65 million extension. In the wake of LeBron’s departure and the Cavaliers’ ensuing futility, the Carmelo situation begs the question, what should the Nuggets do? Before looking to the future, let’s first review what has already transpired. The first (and in hindsight, most plausible) deal surrounding Carmelo was a three-team trade which, in addition to the Nuggets, involved the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. The proposed trade would have sent Anthony, Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Nuggets guard Anthony Carter and forward Shelden Williams to the Nets, while the Nuggets would have received assets galore, including promising young players Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and Anthony Morrow, in addition to two first-round picks. Unfortunately for Nuggets faithful, the Denver management made a costly bargaining mistake. In an attempt to strengthen the 2011 draft pick they expected to receive, the Nuggets, many speculate, nitpicked the terms of the deal to prolong Carmelo’s departure to New Jersey – thereby costing the Nets many wins and raising the probability that the pick would correspond to a higher slot in the upcoming NBA Draft. Whether new billionaire Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was aware of this is unclear; however, he quickly became irritated with the Nuggets stall tactics and pulled the plug on the deal entirely. Since Prokhorov called off the deal, the Nuggets have had few serious trade partners. The New York Knicks have popped up in a few rumors; however, the team is understandably reluctant to trade away young talent like guard Landry Fields and forward Danilo Gallinari given that Carmelo would likely

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Wake Forest enters the 2011 season after posting a subpar 22-30 record. The Demon Deacons will attempt to bounce back in Coach Walter’s second season. By Steven Johns | Staff writer Brush off those cleats and break out the bats, baseball season in back. The Wake Forest baseball team is rearing to go as it gets ready to head down to Baton Rouge, La., to face 19thranked L S U for the opening series of Brooks the 2011 baseball season. “I think we’re going to be good, I think we’re going to be really good,” senior Steven Brooks said. “I think we have

the right mentality and the right work ethic, the right confidence going into the season for things to work out in our favor.” The team is confident, despite an 18-37 (8-22 in the ACC) record in 2010. However, with a new season comes a new mentality that the Deacs hope will turn around their misfortunes. “Our whole mentality has changed so much from last year,” junior Michael Dimock said. “We know that we can play with everybody in the ACC. We know that we can play with teams from the SEC.” “We talk a lot about the mentality of the team and the desire to win, and that’s, unfortunately, something that has been pretty rare in my four years here,” Brooks said. “And

it’s, for the first time, been here this year.” Veterans like Brooks and Dimock are passing on this new outlook to a team that consists of 11 true freshmen, two redshirt freshmen and nine sophomores. “I think the young guys are in a position where they can succeed, and that’s because of the older guys that are here,” Brooks said. Wake Forest only has four seniors and seven juniors on this year’s team, but that is more than enough to install the new attitude into the young guys. The new season also brings along a change in the NCAA protocol. According to the NCAA website, baseball bats will now

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Brittany Waters By Maggie Cancelosi | Staff writer Senior Brittany Waters has been a workhorse on the court for the women’s basketball team this season. Waters has logged 552 minutes on the year, playing in 26 games and starting in 19. In her final year representing the Deacons, Waters is averaging 10.8 points per game. Despite Wake Forest holding a 12-14 record and sitting ninth in the ACC with a 3-7 conference record, the 6-foot-1 forward remains optimistic about the team’s potential. Get to know this humble and talented athlete, known as “B-Dub in the Club,” as she looks to lead the Deacons through the rest of regular season and ACC Tournament play.

What was your high school stereotype? Goofy! I always want to talk and I had a lot of friends. Would you ever want to scrimmage the men’s basketball team? That would be cool – it’s like that saying, “anything you can do, I can do better.” I don’t want to say who’d win, because I think it’s pretty obvious…

What are your favorite NBA and WNBA teams/players? My favorite NBA team is the Orlando Magic because I’m from Orlando, and I’ve been going to their games since I was a baby. I also love Ray Allen even though he plays for the Boston Celtics because we’re the same number. For the What has been the most memorable game of your WNBA, I don’t have a favorite team, but my favorite career? players are Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) and Sue Probably the Miami game last year (March 4, 2010), Bird (Seattle Storm). because my whole family was there and we beat them in overtime 66-65. We haven’t advanced too far in the If you could be a Division I athlete in another sport, ACC Tournament in years past, so it was great to make what would you pick and why? it past the opening round. I would have to say track and field. My mom was a hurdler in high school, and I did the long jump in high How would you describe the team’s dynamic? school. Basically I just like jumping, so it would be great We’re athletic, fast-paced and close-knit. All of our if it were ever in my future to be on the Wake track team. talents come out on the court when we’re supporting each other. What is your biggest basketball strength? Biggest weakness? Would you rather watch “Love and Basketball” or My biggest strength is my ability to score, and my big“Space Jam?” gest weakness is mental toughness. I’m a kid at heart, so I’d have to go with Space Jam – plus MJ’s in it which is always good. Where do you ideally see yourself in five to 10 years? I could see myself working with a professional sports Do you still get nervous before games? team, possibly playing basketball or coaching a traveling Absolutely. My mom told me that nervous energy is youth league team. the best kind of energy as long as it’s positively channeled. What are adjectives that you would use to describe your personality? Your playing style? Are there certain foods that you eat before a game or Once again, I’d say “goofy” and then “lively.” My playdo you have certain pregame rituals? ing style is fearless. I like to eat chicken alfredo before every game. When I listen to music, I like for it to be chill Do you have a quote or motto that you live by? but something that can still get me hyped. Be- “It’s a greater compliment to be trusted than to be fore the game I just pray and get in the zone. loved.” – George McDonald

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No. 5 Blue Devils rough up Demon Deacons at the Joel By Riley Johnston | Staff writer

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Sophomore center Sandra Garcia battles for a rebound in the 82-39 loss to Duke. She grabbed five boards in the game.

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The Wake Forest women’s basketball team fell to 12-14 (3-7 in the ACC), after a tough loss to the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils 82-39 Feb. 11 at the Joel Coliseum. The Deacs came into the game with high hopes following their first road win of the season, but couldn’t overcome Duke’s size and high pressure defense. The Blue Devils improved to 22-2 (8-1 in the ACC) as they limited the Deacs to 25.9 percent (14-54) from the field and 21 turnovers. Wake struggled with the Blue Devils’ size from the start of the game, particularly inside. Duke opened up the game with several easy layups inside, taking advantage of the manto-man defense that Head Coach Mike Petersen ran. 6-foot-5 sophomore Allison Vernerey and 6-foot senior Karima Christmas were the main catalysts early on for the Devils, as they crashed the boards hard and had second and third chance opportunities on nearly every single possession. The Deacons fought back from a cold start to pull within five points at the 11:57 mark on a layup from sophomore

center Sandra Garcia that cut the Blue Devil lead to 15-10. That is as close as they would get for the rest of the game. Duke went on a quick 8-0 run from there as they continued to get easy layups off cuts and offensive rebounds. The Devils were up 33-19 when Petersen took a timeout for the Deacs. He switched to a zone hoping to confuse Duke, but it backfired, as the Devils hit a two and then another three on the ensuing possession. “The switch to zone was made to give Duke a different look than what they had seen so far in the game,” Petersen said. “I thought it would get a stop, but obviously they scored those five points and really put the game away. That’s totally on me.” Duke led 38-21 at the half, and it was evident from the points in the paint (28-10 in favor of the Devils), as well as rebounds (26-15 Devils), that the Deacons were overpowered in the interior. Duke removed any doubt from the game when they opened the half on a 14-5 run to stretch the lead to 52-26 with 11:39 left in the game. From there, the Devils really applied the pressure in the backcourt, creating turnover after turnover, and spurted ahead the rest of the game for the final score of 82-39.

Unfortunately for the Deacs, the Devils won nearly every statistical category. They wound up with a 52-31 advantage on the boards, and limited the Deacs to 20.8 percent shooting in the second half (5-24). Wake Forest hurt themselves in multiple ways, especially from the free throw line, shooting an abysmal 36.9 percent (7-19). “We missed a ton of wide open shots and quite frankly, our focus was horrific,” Petersen said. “The shooting indicates that. I give a lot of credit to Duke for their defensive pressure that threw us off our game, and they are fifth in the country for a reason.” Freshman Chelsea Douglas was Wake’s high scorer at 11 points, and was the only scorer in double-figures. Garcia led in rebounds with five, and also contributed six points. Duke was led in scoring by senior guard Jasmine Thomas with 17 points. Krystal Thomas had a team high in rebounds with 12, and also chipped in 12 points. The Devils finished with four players in double figures in a very balanced team effort. The Deacs return to action 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Joel against the No. 15 Florida State Seminoles who sit at 20-5, 8-2 in the ACC.

Deac Notes Fans have a chance to thank Coach Walter in home opener

2011-12 football schedule includes nine bowl teams

Freshman forward Melvin Tabb released for remainder of season

At 4 p.m. Feb. 22, the Wake Forest baseball team will have their home opener at Gene Hooks Field against Western Carolina at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Admission will be free, and the team invites students, administrative staff, faculty and the local community to come out as a way to thank Head Coach Tom Walter for his kidney donation to freshman player Kevin Jordan last week. The current attendance record for a Demon Deacon home baseball game is just over 5,000, and the athletic department hopes that this will be broken as a way to honor Coach Walter and support the team.

The football team’s 2011-12 schedule was released Feb. 14. The team will open the season on the road at Syracuse Sep. 3, while the home opener will be the following week against N.C. State. In addition to Syracuse, the other non-ACC games consist of Gardner-Webb, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt. The Deacons will host N.C. State, GardnerWebb, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Maryland and Vanderbilt. The team will play Syracuse, Boston College, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Clemson on the road. Nine of these teams reached a bowl game in 2010 The Demon Deacons will look to improve on their 3-9 record from last season.

Men’s basketball Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik announced Feb. 8 that freshman forward Melvin Tabb had been released from the team for the remainder of this season. Earlier this season,Tabb had been temporarily released from the team in order to focus on academics. Additionally, Tabb was forced to miss action both in preseason and in the first game against Stetson University due to mononucleosis. Tabb averaged 1.6 points and two rebounds over the course of 14 games this season, averaging 8.9 minutes per game. He hadn’t played since Jan. 22 against Duke.


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Undefeated Volunteers sweep women’s tennis team 7-0 By Laven Newsom | Staff writer

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Junior Kayla Duncan powers a forehand in her singles match against Tennessee. Duncan fell 6-1, 6-4.

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The Wake Forest women’s tennis team lost their second consecutive match against an ITA Top 15 opponent Feb. 13 as they were swept 7-0 in Knoxville, Tenn. by the Vols. Undefeated and ranked No. 11, Tennessee didn’t drop a set in the impressive home victory. The Deacs were unable to garner any early momentum without their top singles player, junior Martina Pavelec, who has been battling an illness. “We’ve been dealing with sickness the last week and half,” Head Coach Jeff Wyshner said. “(Sophomore) Kathryn Talbert was out last week and now with Martina out our practices haven’t been as constructive. We just came up against a very good team.” Wake’s top doubles duo of junior Kayla Duncan and Talbert lost their match 8-1,

while the No. 2 team of senior Emilee Malvehy and junior Ryann Cutillo dropped their match 8-4. In the third doubles position, freshman Brigita Bercyte and junior Anna Mydlowska were defeated 8-2. “We played hard but unfortunately with the rash of illnesses we just came up short,” Wyshner said. Going into singles down a point and without their best player, Wake needed a spark. Talbert almost came through for the Deacs at the top singles spot, but she was unable to pull out a victory. Coach Wyshner was impressed with Talbert’s play, feeling she played extremely hard. “It’s always exciting to see a player get to represent Wake at the No. 1 position,” Wysher said. “She fell behind early but fought back and the match really could’ve gone either way.” The sophomore was thrust into the top spot when Pavelec became unavailable and she played well, pushing her opponent to a tiebreaker in the first set and winning

four games in the second. At No. 2 singles, Duncan lost the first set 6-1 but came out firing in the second before falling 6-4. “The last few weekends, Kayla has been playing much better; the key for her is to keep working and play solidly throughout the entire match.” At the third spot, Malvehy came out and played an extremely tight first set before losing 5-7. However, she was unable to finish out the match because she couldn’t overcome a lingering sickness. “She was another player that has been sick and I couldn’t be prouder of how she toughed it out for doubles and the first set,” Wyshner said. Cutillo, Mydlowska and Berctye lost at their respective positions in the fourth, fifth and sixth singles positions, combining to win only three games. The Deacs will have a break before they open the ACC schedule against N.C. State Feb. 27 at the Indoor Tennis Center. “We’re going to go hard this week then let the girls enjoy the off-weekend.”

Track and field put up four first places finishes at Liberty Quad Meet By Matt Hayes | Contributing writer

The Wake Forest men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their strong season at the Liberty Quad Meet Feb. 11. Overall, the men and women both turned in four first place finishes, highlighted by freshman Mytoia Gathings’ victory in the 60-meter dash. Gathings has already seen success this year by setting the school record time of 7.72 seconds in the 60-meter dash during the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. “It felt good,” Gathings said. “My ultimate goal is to run 7.5, which would be another school record. Hopefully I’ll be there by ACCs, but being a freshman, this is a big accomplishment.” She was followed closely by sophomore Myesha Barr, who finished in second place with a time of 7.77 seconds. The Deacs’ success in the 60-meter dash was not limited to the women’s events. Freshman Josh Harris placed first in the men’s 60-meter

dash, his collegiate track debut. Harris is also a football player and had shown his speed and acceleration on the gridiron as a running back, burning Virginia Tech for 241 yards Oct. 16 and leading the Deacs in rushing with 720 yards and seven TDs. “I knew I’d do well in my first race, but not that well,” Harris said. “I felt like I was back on the football field competing at a high level.” Harris is quickly becoming a two-sport star for Wake Forest, as he edged out Liberty’s Roderick Spruel by .02 seconds to narrowly grasp the victory with a time of 6.93 seconds. “Next week, the level of competition is higher, so I feel like I can run a better time and work to break the school record.” The success of the Football Deacs at the meet was not limited to Harris’s victory in the 60-meter dash, but continued with freshman wide receiver Terence Davis who cleared 1.94 meters on his first attempt, earning first place in the high jump.

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Junior Tom Morrison (center) runs the 800-meter dash in which he set a new personal record Feb. 11. Junior Aaron Larue came in second in the event, besting 1.94 meters on his second attempt. The Wake Forest distance runners continued their top finishes, with the men and the women each having runners

complete the 800-meter and one mile runs in first place. Junior Molly Binder led the way for the women, claiming first place in the 800-meter run, crossing the finish line after 2:16.27. Junior Tom Morrison set the tone for the men in the

800-meter, as it was an event dominated by the Deacons; they claimed the top four spots in the final. Morrison finished with a new personal record time of 1:53.40, while sophomore Sean Lunkenheimer nipped closely at his heels, claiming second place with a time of 1:54.58. Freshman Kyle Eager and Sophomore Nate Guthals rounded out the top four with times of 2:00.26 and 2:00.28. The men’s dominance in distance continued into the one mile run, with eight of the top ten places in the final being claimed by Wake. Freshman Alexander Rose won the event with a time of 4:14.41, half a second faster than his teammate, senior Marcus Dillon, who placed second. The Deacs also had runners place third, fourth, fifth, seventh, eighth and tenth in the event. The women continued the Deacon domination in the one mile run, placing in six of the top seven spots, including senior Anna Nosenko’s winning time of 4:47.32. Following

close behind were junior Casey Fowler in second and sophomore Allison Homer in third. The Liberty Quad Meet was highly successful for the Demon Deacon track and field team, and with eight first place finishes, the team hopes that the momentum will carry over into next week’s Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., Feb. 18 and 19. “Everyone was excited to finish so well at the meet,” Morrison said. “For lack of a better term there seems to be anxious enthusiasm [for the Va. Tech Challenge]; anxious to test themselves in a competitive environment on a track, runway or throw field that allows maximum potential.” With Gathings, Harris and Morrison leading the Deacs by setting school and personal records almost weekly, Wake Forest looks to turn that “anxious enthusiasm” into top finishes as the ACC Indoor Championships rapidly approach.

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become a free agent this summer. The Knicks, then, have no incentive to relinquish young talent for Anthony now that they can get him without sacrificing such pieces in just a few short months. The Los Angeles Lakers have also recently entered the trade discussion, briefly entertaining the possibility of a deal centered on a Carmelo Anthony-Andrew Bynum swap. However, this deal seemed to be fueled more by hype than actual discussion – neither the finances nor the proposed players involved fit well for either team. With seemingly no legitimate options on the trade front then, what do the Nuggets do?

Well, for one thing, they could rely on the old adage “money talks.” Indeed, the three-year, $65 million contract extension the Nuggets offered before the season started is still waiting for Carmelo’s signature. Many may object that this option is, like the others, dead in the water. In normal circumstances this would probably be true; however, this offseason marks the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement — making the extension particularly lucrative for Carmelo. Owners have been arguing for years that player contracts are outrageous both in terms of annual pay and number of years. If Carmelo forfeits the opportunity to sign now, he’s going to be negotiating his next deal in an NBA that is considerably less friendly to superstar

contracts. Indeed, experts have estimated that Anthony could potentially lose up to $20 million in earnings if he does not sign with a team. It comes as no surprise that Carmelo himself has acknowledged this, stating that “he would have to take a real hard look” at the extension if he’s not traded by the Feb. 24 deadline. Regardless of Carmelo Anthony’s whereabouts come Feb. 24, it’s a shame such public trade antics take place in today’s current sports landscape. Newcomers, such as the Nets’ Derrick Favors, and veterans, such as Denver’s Chauncey Billups, have struggled mightily this season, undoubtedly influenced by the stress of ongoing rumors. Billups, the upstanding Nugget leader, has particularly struggled, commenting privately that “he’s been hurt emotionally” seeing his

name thrown around. What’s more, this season could not be more painful for the fans in Denver. Deadlocked in a strange lame-duck period with their franchise superstar, fans have had to endure an excruciating season unsure of whether to cheer or boo Anthony. Like the nature of sports it seems, trade rumors are no different: there are definitely clear winners and clear losers. In this case, however, there are certainly more people losing than winning. Carmelo could potentially lose millions of dollars. Additionally, rookies and veterans have undergone substantial stress, and quality sports towns have endured a seriously awkward season. Prolonged trade talks dominated by financial speculation, although interesting to contemplate, are apparently good for no one.

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current roster is young with only two seniors and one returning starter, sophomore CJ Harris. The team is also adjusting to first-year Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik. On top of all that, the Deacs lost projected starting center, junior Tony Woods, before the season had even began. Woods was released from the team following a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend. All of these factors have left Wake Forest with a team that is young, inexperienced and not quite at the level expected of an ACC basketball squad. It was evident that the team would be in for a tough season when they lost the season opener to Stetson University, a team that was placed on the schedule to be a sure-win. The talent just doesn’t seem to be there, or has not yet developed. “We need star power, like Tim Duncan,” sophomore Drew Loveless said. “Whether that means we sign someone or a current player steps up. That doesn’t necessarily mean our players aren’t good enough, but someone needs to step into that role and be that guy.” Loveless, who was abroad in Vienna last semester, kept up with the Deacons

while overseas and was not surprised to return this semester and learn that attendance at games was much lower than last spring. “Even if players say that having fans make them play better, that still is not enough of an incentive to get fans to cheer on a team that only has a marginal chance of victory,” Loveless said. “The Wake Forest students are what make the Joel Coliseum a special place to watch ACC basketball,” Mike Odom, Assistant Athletic Director Marketing/Special Projects said. “Over the years we have had one of the highest percentages of student attendance for the number of students enrolled than any school in the country, a statistic that many of our colleagues at other schools across the ACC and the nation have admired about Wake Forest.” In addition, Wake Forest is an academically demanding school where time management comes into play. “People are just busy,” Chin said. “Even when the team was good in past years, you would still have people that would say they could not come because of homework and studying. We go to a very academic-oriented

university and people are going to choose work over going to the game.” The student no-show has been especially difficult for those who run and organize Screamin’ Demons. “We have a huge student section that could fit well over 1,000 and not nearly that many ever shows up,” Chin said. “It’s really disappointing because even though students show up, it’s silent at times. I don’t think I’ve ever heard the Joel as silent as it was last Sunday against N.C. State.” Chin explained how despite the apathetic nature of the student body, Screamin’ Demons is still striving to come up with new ideas to get students to attend games. “My philosophy in trying to increase attendance is changing it from a sporting event to a social event,” Chin said. “If it’s a sporting event, why would you solely want to go to see your team lose? If it’s a social event, then you are going just for fun.” Chin also pointed to the marketing of special events that get fans excited about the team and create an excited fan base. “I think we’ve done more as far as marketing is concerned this year than any other year,” Chin said.

“Myself, along with a committee of three students, (sophomore Ashley Anderson, junior Eric Tainish, and junior Nick Saponara), have done more marketing because we’ve had to.” There are also difficulties with the new minute-based system that was instituted this year for Screamin’ Demons where those with more minutes are guaranteed better seats. “It is head-and-shoulders above the system we had last year,” Chin said. “Last year people got disassociated because of the threat of being kicked out of Screamin’ Demons and that put a negative vibe on the system. People however, are now not required to go to the game this year and that’s a big reason why they aren’t showing up. The minute system works if you have a good basketball team, but if you don’t have a good basketball team, people have no incentive to go.” As the year goes on and attendance continues to decline, the university has begun to eliminate student sections that would otherwise go empty, selling the seats to the public. “Obviously the numbers have dropped by hundreds in average attendance,” Chin said. The play of the team may be the most transparent reason for lower attendance, but the situation also hinges on the perception of the typical Wake Forest basketball fan.

As the team’s play has declined and more people have neglected to go, a stereotype has arisen of what type of person actually goes to the basketball games. The typical fan is often categorized as either a non-Greek student or band member that is “uncool” for attending the games. “I think you see that a lot,” Chin said. “There is a stigma with wearing the tie-dye shirt and that being uncool. That didn’t used to be the case.” The growing division appears to be, as Chin noted, between fraternities and Screamin’ Demons. Chin and others are trying to erase this split and point to other schools as a basis of what the culture at Wake could be. “I would love to change the culture, similar to the environment at the University of Florida or N.C. State, but it’s hard and hopefully we can do that by changing the pace up and creating traditions,” Chin said. The problems that have come together this season have really put a damper on overall school spirit, but optimism still runs high with those closely associated with the team and the student section. “It’s a work in progress for sure,” Chin said. “It won’t be completely finished by the time I’m gone.”


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Deacs shake off slow start to season with 6-1 thrashing of VCU By Gary Pasqualicchio | Sports editor

Wake Forest 6 VCU 1 Battling pneumonia, the flu and ranked competition on the road, the No. 36 Wake Forest men’s tennis team fell under .500 for the first time since 2004 with a loss to Michigan Feb. 5. Sitting at 1-3 overall and with their backs against the wall, the newly healthy Demon Deacons took down a formidable foe, the VCU Rams, 6-1 at the Indoor Tennis Center Feb. 13. “Unfortunately when you play at this level, you can’t play with that many guys out,” Head Coach Jeff Zinn said. “Our trainer (Chris Ina) is doKreyman ing a great job trying to get the guys healthy and back on track. Today you saw a little bit of what I think potentially we are going to be.” The Deacs and the Rams have a colorful history, with the teams meeting each season since 1993 and VCU holding a 15-8 series edge. Before the impressive 6-1 victory by Wake, neither team had won more than four of seven points since their 2003 meeting, a 5-2 VCU win. The Wake doubles lineup got the team off to a 1-0 start by captur-

ing the essential point. Senior cocaptain Iain Atkinson teamed with sophomore Tripper Carleton and posted an 8-4 win at first doubles. Another senior-sophomore duo, Jonathan Wolff and Danny Kreyman, clinched the doubles point with a hard-fought 8-6 victory. Junior David Hopkins and sophomore Zach Leslie fell at third doubles, 8-7 (9-7). “We stressed (the doubles). Tripper coming back, after basically not playing all year, played really well in doubles and Iain feeds off that. Jon and Danny are really steady and our third team is a work in progress,” Zinn said. The Demon Deacons carried over their doubles momentum into singles play. Atkinson quickly dispatched his opponent 6-4, 6-3 and No. 45 Wolff took down No. 123 Max Wennakoski at second singles 6-2, 6-2. Atkinson and Wolff were able to play in their traditional spots in the singles lineup due to the return of No. 87 Carleton, who lost 6-3, 6-4 but provided a muchneeded boost to the ailing squad. “(Carleton)’s our best player. He needs to play there and hold us down. If he does that you’ve got Jon in a perfect position, Danny in a perfect position. Then we’re a really good team. Tripper’s gotta hold down that top spot for us and he knows that.” With the Deacs leading 3-1 and looking for that elusive fourth point, the team turned to freshman Adam Lee. Lee, an international recruit from Auckland, New Zealand, joined Wake in January and made

his collegiate debut after fighting illness. The Kiwi battled past Argente 6-4, 6-3 to give Wake the win. “I was excited,” Lee said. “I was nervous as well but was ready to go. My intensity was good, my energy was good. I was nervous (with it) being my first match and first home match but I did really well and got my confidence up.” Lee, who Zinn calls a “major key” to the Deacs’ success this year, didn’t realize at the time his point was the decider in the match. Lee believes he and the team can build on the win. “I personally think we’ll be back; our ranking will be up and the next few matches should be good.” With this contest in hand, Zinn turned his attention to a couple of talented youngsters, Leslie and Kreyman, who remained on-court. Leslie ended a second set challenge from Jordan Dyke at sixth singles 6-3, 6-4, but the 100thranked Kreyman had himself a much tougher time at the third spot. Kreyman dropped the first set to the firey Vazquez Catoira 7-5 before battling back to win the second 6-1. The third set provided one of the best finishes of the year for the Long Beach, N.Y., native. Holding match points on his racket at 5-4, Kreyman faltered to the Spaniard’s challenge, breaking at 5-5. The two held relatively easily to set up a decisive tiebreaker. Despite his powerful first serve clicking, Vazquez Catoria found himself quickly down a mini-break 3-2. Krey-

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Freshman Adam Lee, a new addition to the Demon Deacons’ lineup, clinched the VCU match with a 6-4, 6-3 singles win. man squandered his early chance with a double fault, changing ends at 3-3. However, Kreyman refused to give in, saving a match point of his own before prevailing 9-7. The Deacs return to action Feb. 20 at the Indoor Tennis Center when they welcome No. 33 LSU. The Tigers took down the Deacs in a heartbreaking 4-3 tussle in Baton Rouge that included four threeset matches and three tiebreakers.

Zinn claims that revenge is not at the forefront of the Deacs’ minds but admits that his team would very much like to win this critical early-season match. “That was a heartbreaker last year to lose that match,” Zinn said. “I feel good that they’re coming to our place. We’ve got another week to get healthy and I think we’ll be better. It’s just another match right now but (the team) will be fired up.”

Club Sports | A different breed of athlete

Wake Forest’s talented club athletes step out of the shadow of varsity athletics By James McCabe | Contributing writer

The men’s club volleyball team will attend a 10team tournament at UNC-Chapel Hill Feb. 20. “We hope to prove that [we] are the best junior team in North Carolina,” club president Doug Weidman said. On Feb. 5, the squad traveled to a 12-team tournament at James Madison University. They placed fifth overall, which is not bad considering they suffered a narrow 30-28 loss to Penn State, who are ranked No. 11 nationally. The team has a stellar starting lineup, who are all recognized for their leadership abilities and talents on the court. The starting team includes graduate students and outside hitters Eddie Miller and Mauricio Baragas, freshman libero Tim Goodwin, freshman setter Nick Mires, and Weidman, at the right-side. Weidman concluded his weekly report on the club by provoking a Club-Varsity sport challenge. Photo courtesy of James McCabe Weidman, along with the rest of the club, “would like to publicly challenge the varsity women’s The Wake Forest Cycling Club Conference opened their season in Sanford, N.C. The team is in third place in their conference, the ACCC. team to a match.” The men’s club ultimate frisbee team recently finished up a tournament at UNC-Chapel Hill travel to Georgia Southern for another major challenging for Wake. They were never able to tie-up the game, but did put another goal on Feb. 13. The team, known amongst themselves tournament. The women’s club lacrosse team played at home the scoreboard. Unfortunately, South Carolina as WOMB (Well Oiled Machine, Baby), made a couple of upsets against some top-notch Ultimate against in-state rival Elon Feb. 12 at Kentner controlled most of the second half. The final score Stadium. came to 7-3, in favor of the Gamecocks. Wake teams. Despite the warm weather, the ladies could not looks past the tough loss to a series of challenging WOMB topped the University Of Notre Dame 14-13 and defeated Clemson 11-8. Both of those hold on to defeat Elon. Elon won the match by a home games. Their next big home game will be 2 p.m. Feb 19 at Kentner Stadium against Indiana wins were among the largest upsets of the whole narrow margin of 8-6. However, the team remains hopeful as they gear University. tournament. Other victories included an 11-5 win Club President Prashant Bendala encourages over N.C. State and a 9-8 win over Appalachian up for a challenging away game against another North Carolina opponent, High Point. everyone to come out and watch Wake take on State. The men’s lacrosse team had a difficult game Indiana in a sure-to-be exciting match-up. The Despite the four wins, WOMB fell to a very talented Penn State team 15-4 and a nimble Feb. 11 when they hosted a strong squad from the lacrosse team is hungry for wins, and not going to let one bad loss upset their morale. Virginia Tech squad 13-5. Club President University of South Carolina. The teams came into halftime with a narrow This past weekend marked the first race of the Elliott Isaac remains optimistic about their next tournament. On Mar. 19-20, the team will South Carolina lead of 3-2. The second half was Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC)

road season for the Cycling Club. The race was hosted by N.C. State in Sanford, N.C. Having more students racing paid off greatly, especially with the number of new freshmen racers. The course was an eight-mile loop with minimal climbing. For those unfamiliar with road cycling, the race is broken up into different categories based on skill level. The Men’s A race did eight laps of the course, resulting in 64 miles of racing. Men’s B did 48 miles, Men’s C/ Women’s B did 33 miles and Men’s D did 25 miles. Graduate student Trey Wofford and sophomore James McCabe raced aggressively during the whole race, which meant tracking down attempted breakaways and controlling the tempo of the peloton.Through all of this, Wofford and McCabe racked up 36 points for the team. Senior Brad Perry rode hard in the B race, but was unable to bring home any points. Men’s C brought home additional points for Wake, with sophomore Austin Jones snagging 12 points for the team. Freshman Joe Bolton rode hard in his first race ever, but missed the top 10 by one place. Lastly, senior Bobbie Adrienne came back to racing after two years off the bike to an outstanding first-place finish in Women’s B, bringing home 48 points for Wake. With all of these outstanding results, Wake sits in third overall in the conference. Duke and George Washington University are both tied for first place, but only lead by seven points over Wake. With the next race coming up this weekend at William & Mary, the team is optimistic to takeover first. If you would like to have your club team featured in this section, please submit content to James McCabe at mccajh9@wfu.edu.

Sheary and Woods power Wake to fourth place finish at Northrop Grumman By Steven Johns | Staff writer

The women’s golf team got its spring season off to a good start in southern California at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The No. 21 ranked Demon Deacons battled stiff competition and wet conditions on their way to a tie for fourth place, 11 strokes behind tournament-winning Southern California. Senior Natalie Sheary finished the tournament in a tie for second, two shots behind Carlota Ciganada of Arizona State. “I feel like I knew the course pretty well because it was my fourth time playing it,” Sheary said. “I felt like the course really sets up for us well. It’s one of the harder courses we play so as a team it really sets up for our game.” “I thought they did very very well, for the first tournament out,” Head Coach Dianne Dailey said. “The course was one of the more difficult ones we play, and I think that they managed the course very well.” In their first tournament since October, the Deacs got off to

a slow start, finishing the first round at 28-over-par as a team, leaving themselves in ninth place in the 13-team field. “I think it’s always a little difficult being the first tournament back, but I felt like we had really good practices before, and, as I said the course was in great shape,” Sheary said. “But I felt like we were all ready for it, even though it was early in the season.” The second round was much better for the Deacs as they soared up the leaderboard. Sheary led the Deacs in round two with a four-under-par 67. Sheary’s spectacular round put her in a tie for first going into the final round. Sheary had three birdies and only one bogey on the back nine, which was her first nine. Sheary finished her round with two more birdies and a bogey. Junior Cheyenne Woods shot a solid even-par 71 in round two. Her first nine was up and down, shooting three birdies and three bogies, but she settled down on her final nine, scoring par on every hole. Sophomore Michelle Shin also shot a second round 71 but

finished her round on a tear. Shin birdied holes five, six and seven before paring holes eight and nine to finish her round. As a team, the Deacs shot a 10-over-par 294 to boost themselves into fifth place, 16 shots behind leader UCLA. A final round 286 halted the Demon Deacon comeback. Sheary shot a final round 74 to grab second in the tournament. Starting on hole number five, Sheary played a very solid final round, but bogies on holes eight, 10 and 18 dropped her just out of first place for the tournament. Woods joined Sheary in the top five with her final round 73, landing her in a tie for third place. Woods bogeyed the first hole she played, but rebounded with birdies on the next two. Bogies on three of her last five holes, including her final hole, dropped Woods back to sevenover-par and into a tie for third. Shin shot a final round 72 to place herself in a tie for 11th. Freshman Olafia Kristinsdottir shot a final round 77 to finish the tournament in a tie for 57th at 26-over-par.

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Junior Cheyenne Woods follows through with her iron. Woods shot a 7-overpar 220 to finish tied for third at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Junior Hunter Ross finished the tournament at 35-over-par and in a tie for 63rd. Dailey said that the team showed a marked improvement in the short game, as demonstrated by the high number of birdies for the Deacs. “Overall we made a lot of birdies, particularly (Tuesday), and I think the students are

doing better with the putting,” Dailey said. “We still need to work on it, it’s still a work in progress, but it’s getting there. But it gives us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the semester.” Dailey said that this top five finish gives the Deacs the knowledge that they can compete with the best team.

Of the 12 other schools in the tournament, four of them are ranked in the Top 25 nationally. USC and UCLA are ranked second and third, respectively. “We’ve been working hard and we finished well and we know what we need to work on to improve,” Sheary said. “So, I feel it can only get better from here.”


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Bon AppÉtit! Dorm Room Dining: Gourmet meals made easy Use your microwave to make delicious dishes By Katie Mahone | Staff writer For some students, the prospect of an all-youcan-eat cafeteria that simultaneously serves pizza, omelets, waffles, chicken, fries and a wide assortment of desserts from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. is quite appealing. For others accustomed to ulterior diets, such as vegetarians or organic eaters, the selection at the Pit is problematic at best. In an effort to avoid unfair exaggerations and ungratefulness, I have to admit that it’s rare to have a downright bad meal at the Pit. Sure, it may not be exactly what you would choose to eat if you had your mom’s home-cooking at your disposal or were at an off-campus restaurant, but all things considered, it could be a lot worse. Even if the stir-fry or southern cooking doesn’t strike your fancy, or your first plate of food is cold or overcooked, there are always the reliable cereal, fruit and salad bars. While we are privileged to have a decent dining hall at our university, even the avid Pit-enthusiasts find that its novelty fades after a few too many weeks of meal swipes. When that inevitable day comes – when the pizza is too greasy, the eggs are no longer appealing and the thought of peeling the extra turkey off of your over-stuffed wrap makes you want to drive straight to Panera – don’t panic. If you still have any Deacon Dollars, you can head to Benson, Subway or Starbucks. If not, there are still options. If you were like many freshmen (or to be politically correct, “first-years”), your first semester of college revolved around Cup o’ Noodles, Ramen and Easy Mac. While certainly delicious, everybody knows that these meals are far from nutritious. Thankfully, you don’t have to be the Barefoot Contessa or Emeril Lagasse of your residence hall in order to eat well outside of the Pit. With a little time and innovation, a trip to the grocery store, and the help of a microwave, quick and tasty meals can be prepared right in your dorm room. Here are some ideas for you to break free from the Ramen and Easy Mac routine:

BREAK FAST Whether you’re facing an early morning lab, trying to ease and treat a post-Wake Wednesday hangover or just facing an exhausting full day of classes and ZSR-ing studying, a satisfying breakfast is key to getting yourself out of bed in the morning.

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If you have an early-morning sweet tooth, whip up some sweet and simple oatmeal. Ingredients: 1 Packet Quaker instant oatmeal Water or milk Brown sugar Dried fruit To prepare, microwave water or milk for 2-3 minutes, stir in a packet of Quaker instant oatmeal and add brown sugar and dried fruit. Breakfast Sandwich If you prefer salty flavors, try this easy breakfast sandwich: Ingredients: 1 English muffin 2 slices of your favorite cheese 2 slices of ham 2 slices of tomato Salt and pepper To prepare, place the cheese on one half of the English muffin and microwave until melted, about 15 seconds. Add the ham and sliced tomato along with a dash of salt and pepper. Top it off with the other half of the muffin and enjoy!

SNACK Ideas If you need a pick-me-up snack during the afternoon lull and are looking for something healthier than greasy fries and sodium-rich potato chips, you may be able to use the Pit to your advantage. To save money (and time at the gym from unhealthy eating), fuse certain easy-to-grab Pit food with items from the grocery store to create a tasty treat. Apples and Peanut Butter The next time you’re leaving the Pit, stop by the fruit stand and grab a couple of apples. Pick up some peanut butter at the Sundry or off campus supermarket – J.I.F. Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, (“No need to stir!”) is my personal favorite. And if you are returning from abroad and are craving foreign eats, get some Nutella as well. When your stomach starts to voraciously growl mid-afternoon or during a late-night study session, slice up an apple (traditonally a granny smith) and open a jar of peanut butter or Nutella. Spread liberally; be happy. This snack is filling and delicious. Hummus and Pita Chips Another simple snack is pita chips and hummus, veggies and hummus, pretzels and hummus … pretty much anything goes well with hummus! If you have time to venture out to Trader Joe’s, try their amazing Three Layer Hummus. If not, pick up a reasonably-priced tub of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus at Lowe’s Foods. Grab some Stacy’s Pita Chips and pretzel sticks, or help yourself to a to-go box of carrots and celery from the Pit and you’re all set to dip, spread and enjoy your hummus snack.

When dinnertime rolls around, there are num erous options for tasty meals that you can make in your room while studying, doing laundry or watching Snooki’s latest drunken antics on Jersey Shore. Taquitos If you’re in the mood for Mexican, these simple veggie taquitos are sure to satisfy your cravings. Ingredients: Flour tortillas Shredded cheddar cheese 1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped 1 half red onion, chopped 1 bag of baby spinach Salsa To prepare, lay a flour tortilla flat on a plate and sprinkle it with shredded cheese. Microwave for about 10 seconds or until the cheese is melted. Add red and green pepper, onion, spinach and roll into the shape of a taquito. Repeat for as many tortillas as needed to quench your hunger and use the salsa for dipping. ¡Buen provecho! Cold Peanut Noodles In the past, you may have strayed way from cooking pasta, using the “no stove” excuse. Although most residence halls do in fact have a stove within walking distance, whether or not you’re brave enough to venture into said kitchen should not keep you from enjoying homemade pasta. Check out these simple Cold Peanut Noodles, recipe courtesy of New York Times columnist Mark Bittman Ingredients: Chinese egg noodles or regular spaghetti Sesame oil Peanut butter Sugar Soy Sauce Ginger Vinegar Black pepper oil in the microwave (it takes about 15 minutes for one cup to boil). Drain and rinse. Toss with sesame oil, peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar and a lot of black pepper. If you don’t have all of these ingredients, you can simply drizzle the pasta with olive oil and parmesan cheese, pour on pesto or a canned marinara sauce, grab a couple of Pit rolls for a side and have an easy yet satisfying meal. Black Bean and Corn Salad Since you’re in college, there probably isn’t anybody telling you what’s good for you and what’s not, unless you have a guilty eating conscience. If the word “salad” causes you to instantly stop paying attention, think again. This black bean and corn salad recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray is a scrumptious treat – especially as the weather starts to warm up!

Ingredients: 1 can (14 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained 2 cups frozen corn kernels 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 1/2 cup red onion, chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, half a palm full 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1 lime, juiced 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil Salt and pepper Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Let stand at least 15 minutes, then toss and serve. No need to refrigerate!

DESSERT If you’re craving a simple dessert after getting all your nutrients, pick up some graham crackers and strawberries from the store, melt a handful of chocolate chips in a bowl, dip and indulge! Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake If you’re feeling more adventurous, this Chocolate Microwave Mug Cake takes about five minutes to make and is worth every second. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa 2-3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon flour 3 tablespoons milk 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as canola 3 tablespoons egg white 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon chocolate chips To make, blend cocoa, sugar and flour together in a microwave-safe mug. Add milk, oil, egg white and vanilla. Stir vigorously for two minutes, being sure to incorporate all ingredients. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top and bake in microwave for two minutes. Check to make sure it is cooked on the bottom by lifting it a little with a spoon; if it’s runny, cook 10 seconds more at a time until done. It might puff up and overflow, but will deflate as it cools. The texture should be moist and slightly under cooked (rather it be under cooked than over). Let cool until just warm; serve with whipped cream. Life at the university is hectic enough without the added burden of unsatisfying eating options. Oftentimes the Pit becomes unsatisfying after several months of visiting there but then turning to readily-available microwaveable meals can become sickening after a while as well. At your next visit to Harris Teeter, Target, or Lowe’s Food steer away from the ready-made aisle and instead hit up the produce section. When you find yourself feeling hungry and craving something new, don’t be afraid to step away from the Pit or Benson Food Center, think outside the box and whip up a dorm-room concoction. Bon appétit!

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Humor Column | Reverand Robert Hooke

Satan gets a slice of life on earth during his trip to DMV William Daly Staff columnist

“Hello, welcome to the DMV, please fill out this sheet and we can expedite the process of getting you your license. Just ask me if you have any questions,” Cindy told the large, red man inquiring about a license application. “Um, miss, I think there is a problem with this sheet, are we required to have a last name?” the large, red man asked as he attempted to fill out the first question.

“I would assume so, I have never really heard of someone who didn’t have a last name. What did you say your first name was again?” “I have a few, but most people just call me Satan,” the large, red man said, trying not to frighten the old woman next to him taking the eye exam. “I see, well I believe you are required to submit a birth name. How else are we to distinguish from the hundreds of other Satans running around in South Boston? If you can’t remember your name I am going to have to call security,” Cindy, the DMV clerk, told Satan. “Look lady, I have other names: Beelzebub, Father of Lies, the Lawless One. It’s just that none of them have a last name. I’d love to call my Dad and ask him what it is but I’m not really on speaking terms right now. There has to

be something that I can do,” Satan said as he raised his hand across the clerks face. “Your Jedi mind tricks don’t work on those of us without souls. Satan, I can’t do anything for you, my hands are tied. Why do you need a license anyway, aren’t you under house arrest?” Cindy the DVM clerk said. “It’s a long story, but I’m sure no one here is in a hurry. It all happened when I had finished my 10-year possession of Katie Couric last Tuesday, and I saw a little child being held in one of those shawl things that hold the baby. You know, the one that’s swung around your neck so if the thing gets hungry people have to really stare at you if they are going to catch you breast feeding. Well, that baby just melted my heart, which coincidentally is quite difficult

since I have spent the last thousand years in a lake of fire. Since the dating scene has been rather bleak in Hell lately, I’ve chosen to adopt. “Although, it turns out you need a valid license. Now we have found ourselves in a Catch-22, I can’t start my own family without being part of one myself,” Satan explained as emphatically as he could to Cindy the DMV clerk. “Woah, woah, woah…I think I have read about this somewhere. Or was it in a movie? You are trying to raise the anti-christ! Do you take me for an idiot? Did you know I’ve been to church more than a couple times? “You are aware that there’s no way I am going to let you condemn humanity just because you told me an adorable baby story?” Cindy the DMV

clerk said in an innocent question-like manner. “Yes. No, I’m not the one taking attendance. And that has yet to be decided. Cindy, we can help each other out here. I may have been banished, but I haven’t lost all my powers. It’s kind of like being sent to your room but you grabbed you Game Boy on the way up the stairs. In any event, you know how your boyfriend can never seem to find the energy to entertain you? I can change all that,” Satan said as he leered into Cindy the DMV clerk’s eyes. “I don’t know how you knew that, but it’s a deal. Here’s your new license Satan Smith,” Cindy said. “Thank you very much. I think you will find your new boyfriend will be more entertaining, I have always loved Carrot Top’s work.”


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Book Review | Happy Ever After

Romantic Roberts novel rounds out wedding series By Samantha Hoback | Staff writer

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts brings her bridal quartet of books to a close with the story of Parker Brown in Happy Ever After. After watching her three best friends meet, fall in love and get engaged to “the ones,” Parker remains the single, career-oriented, obsessive-compulsive head of the team of Vows, the wedding planning business she started with her friends Mac, Emma and Laurel. Although she dreams of having her own wedding one day she is unwilling to settle for anything less than perfection. That is until Malcolm Kavanaugh comes along. Working as a mechanic at his mother’s garage, Malcolm is the exact opposite of everything Parker ever imagined she’d look for in a future husband. A forward, slightly arrogant daredevil with a dark past and a rebellious front, Malcolm wastes no time

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Celeb Juice: This week’s gossip update

If you’re one in a million then there are 6000 people exactly like you. • Oscar-winning actress Christina Applegate, who has been battling breast cancer for the past year, gave birth to a baby girl earlier this month. Applegate’s tells all in an in-depth interview in the latest issue of People. • Lady Gaga appeared on the Tonight Show Feb. 14 and confessed that she does not remember her post-Grammy celebrations. • Billy Ray Cyrus admits that he’s concerned over the safety of daughter Miley. He says Satan has attacked his family. The country singer finally drew the line at Miley’s birthday party. He said Miley will become a “train wreck” if nothing is done to stop her. • During HTC’s Mobile World Congress Feb. 15, Mark Zuckerburg made an announcement that “phones with a deeper social integration” are on their way in 2011. Facebook will soon have its own button on many smart phones.

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Bartending Short Course Feb. 17 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Benson 401C SU Films: Waiting for Superman Feb. 19 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Pugh Auditorium

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love. All three of Parker’s best friends are planning their own weddings. Every weekend there is a rehearsal dinner, wedding or anniversary party. Parker always expected to be married, but she never expected to fall for someone like Malcolm. Malcolm was never the marrying kind until he met Parker. They say opposites attract. At times very cheesy and almost unrealistic, Happy Ever After satisfies readers with a whirlwind romance and fairytale ending. It is not hard to understand why Nora Roberts continues to attract female readers with her warm-and-fuzzy writing style, lovable characters and “happily ever afters.” Happy Ever After is the final chapter in the series that follows the love stories of the four friends who made their favorite childhood game of “wedding day” into a successful business. With four men that complete their perfect lives, the girls can finally say that it is their turn to live happy ever after.

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in his quest to win Parker’s heart. He Parker must learn to juggle more than pulls the romantic card and woos her. just bridal consultations, cake tastings To her friends’ surprise, Parker and rehearsal dinners. She struggles becomes swept up in Malcolm’s bad- to understand Malcolm’s past, hoping boy style of romance. Late-night rides that by sharing their secrets they will on the back of Malcolm’s motorcycle become even closer. But unlike Parker, around the city were not in Parker’s Malcolm doesn’t wear his emotions on grand life plan. She is already busy his sleeve. He is easily hurt and sufenough with her fers from a dark past wedding business: that almost ended consoling bridezilhis life. Things Happy Ever After las and solving lastget even more minute dress mal- Author | Nora Roberts complicated when functions, while Genre | Chick-lit Malcolm’s mother remaining faithful Who’s it for? | Wedding-novel becomes involved. to her 6 a.m. daily readers, love story enthusiasts After finding out workout routine. Grade | Aabout her son’s With the encournew girlfriend, agement of her Kay Kavanaugh friends and her devoted family friend is eager to see her son finally settle and housekeeper, Mrs. Grady, Parker down, which only makes Malcolm finds herself falling fast and hard for more hesitant. the West Coast mechanic. But it is impossible to spend time In the months leading up to Mac’s at the Brown estate with the girls of wedding to English-teacher Carter, Vows and not get swept up in all the

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Movie Review | Black Swan

Portman thriller is “en pointe” to audiences By Katie Lushefski | Contributing writer

The recent drama and suspense-filled Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel, has been an attention-grabbing hit. This movie satisfies a wide range of audiences from hard-core moviegoers to those just looking for suspenseful entertainment. The storyline is unlike any previous film I have seen, and the acting is phenomenal. Not once did I take my eyes off the screen or get bored during the film. Electrifying and eerie, Black Swan conveys the story of a meticulous ballerina, Nina (Natalie Portman), who dances for a New York ballet company. Nina’s obsession with ballet controls her existence and extends to her home life where her mother (Barbara Hershey) is also consumed with Nina’s achievements. Nina wins the dual role of white swan and black swan in an upcoming performance of “Swan Lake.” The role involves being two separate swan characters at once: an innocent and angelic white swan queen and her evil and seductive black swan twin. The ballet director, Thomas (Vincent Cassel), assures Nina that he knows she can be the white swan but is not yet convinced that she can also play the black swan. Nina becomes obsessed with perfecting each part of the role and struggles to find her inner black swan; in doing so, she becomes Black Swan increasingly psychotic. Rating | R The characDirector | Darren Aronofsky ter of Nina is Who’s it for? | Dancers, psydisturbing and chological thriller fans widely emoRunning Time | 1 hr. 48 mins. tional, but PortGrade | Aman nails it and gives an unbelievable performance. She satisfies each aspect of Nina’s dynamic personality and dances beautifully, utilizing her own childhood ballet skills. Kunis plays Nina’s ballerina rival, Lily, who effortlessly fits the devious and erotic persona of the black swan. As Nina strives to find her dark side, she envies Lily and becomes convinced that Lily is secretly trying to steal her role in “Swan Lake.” Interestingly enough, Nina also develops a peculiar sexual desire for Lily. Kunis delivers a spectacular performance as well, enticing the audience with Lily’s relaxed yet unpredictable character. Kunis and Portman provide complete executions of acting and dancing in their roles, a feat in and of itself. Both actresses lost a substantial amount of weight in order to fit the ballerina persona. Black Swan attends to multiple deep-seated fears including losing your mind without even realizing it, losing your job to another, letting your children grow up, and becoming disfigured or overweight. The film is also filled with unconventional sexual tensions, contributing to its uniqueness and allure.

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Nina (Natalie Portman) struggles with playing both the innocent white swan and the seductive black swan, contributing to a precarious mental state. In addition to Nina’s fantasies about Lily, there are sensual moments between her and her director, Thomas. Nina’s mother has a borderline sexual obsession with her daughter, which is discomforting but an interesting addition to the plotline. Despite the intriguing plot points of the film, I felt rather unsatisfied in the end because parts of the plot were left unexplained. Some of the ambivalence of the script is thought-provoking and exciting, but I would have liked more of the plot to have been clarified or carried out further. For instance, the strange relationship between Nina and her mother was depthless and fruitless. Likewise, I was confused as to which scenes were figures of Nina’s imagination and which were really happening. I was also perplexed as to whether Nina was initially mental or if the harsh stresses of the ballet world made her crazy. The movie had too much incongruity and I had to generate too many of my own conclusions. Likewise, the sexual relations were not as stirring as they could have been. For example, the bedroom scene between Nina and Lily was very lascivious in theory, but the film did not play out the incident in a captivating way. There seemed to be a lot lacking in that sense between the potential of the film and the way it played out.

I had similar thoughts about the relations between Nina and Thomas, which were rather trivial and lacked complexity. The film had more potential intensity than it actually produced. “Black Swan would be more interesting if the erotica was sustained,” English professor Dean Franco said. He believed the film reflected bad movie-making, as it was “incoherent, obvious, ridiculous and two-dimensional.” Franco addresses his dissatisfaction with the erotica, deeming it too “contained.” This opinion is almost the direct opposite to what many viewers think: that there was too much overt sexuality. In contrast to Franco, many students seem to be pleased and profoundly enthralled with Black Swan. “After watching it, I had trouble sleeping. I lost my grasp on reality,” junior Ben Gionet said. The anxiety and anticipation of the screenplay kept my attention throughout, yet I found myself cringing at times from the graphic nature. Although Black Swan has more potential, it already stands out highly with its dark exhilaration and impressive acting. The movie has become increasingly popular since its release. Additionally the file is a viable candidate for many Oscars, including Best Motion Picture and Best Actress for Natalie Portman, who already won a Golden Globe for her role.

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Event Review | Demon Drag Show

Campus drag show promotes safe sex and total confidence By Caitlin Brooks | Senior writer

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Dressed in wild outfits depicting everything from fairies to 80s exercise instructors, the “queens” of the Demon Drag show strutted their stuff.

The subsequent two and a half hours were filled with sexually charged dancing to classics such as A large carry-on suitcase full of make-up, wild “Dancing Queen” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” wigs and scandalous costumes combine to create as well as the newest dance beats. Each queen disCherries Jubilee, a local drag queen with a foul played a unique personality and performed at least mouth, raunchy sense of humor and heart of gold. two songs during the night. Throughout the evening, the acts were interrupted Jesse Duncan (stage named Cherries Jubilee), MC and professional drag queen, returned for her fourth by audience-participatory games and fun give-ayear to host the eighth annual Demon Drag Show ways courtesy of Cherries Jubilee. As four female volunteers rushed to the stage for Feb. 11 in Benson University Center. The must-see spring event donates all proceeds to the mouth-stuffing game of “Chubby Bunny,” Cherlocal charity AIDS Care Service (ACS), an organiza- ries Jubilee exclaimed,“I haven’t seen that much tion with the goal of empowering local HIV/AIDS vagina flying at me since I was born!” to uproarious victims while educating the wider community about laughter from the crowd. Though the bulk of attendants enjoyed the show, the consequences of this terrible disease. In addition to donating her time to the univer- it wasn’t for everyone. A definite and heavy sexual overtone pervaded the entire sity’s Gay Straight Student Allievent, confirming the fears of ance (GSSA) annual drag show, some students wary of attending. Duncan is a co-founder of ACS “We are trying to overcome “I just don’t feel comfortable and currently serves as the vice misconceptions people have with an event that is that sexual,” president of operations for the junior Dan Norton said. “It’s not organization. about the show.” the sexuality of the performers The audience of roughly 90 Jared Brown that bothers me. I wouldn’t see people was a typical university Executive chair of GSSA a burlesque show, I didn’t go see crowd, though quite different Snooki on campus, and I will not from the campus’ usual Friday attend the Drag Show.” night demographic. Cherries Senior Jared Brown, executive chair of the GSSA, Jubilee opened the show by asking people to idenacknowledged this trepidation felt by some students tify themselves by their sexual orientation. “So what you are saying is that I’m talking to a on campus. “Our biggest challenge is always pubroom of gay men and their fag hags?” she asked when licity. We are trying to overcome misconceptions the vast majority identified themselves as straight people have about the show. It is sexual, but it is women and gay men. Straight men outnumbered not a strip show. You can watch the show and not be made part of it,” Brown said. only lesbians in attendance. Though Cherries Jubilee oozes sexuality in drag, as As the audience members warmed up to the wild exaggeration of womanhood before them, the eight an executive member of ACS, she always advocates other queens to perform in the night’s show hurriedly safe sex. After bringing a female volunteer to the applied layer upon layer of make-up, secured false stage and putting a strap-on dildo around her hips, hips, butts and breasts, and shimmied themselves she threw tons of free condoms and safe water-based into slinky, sparkling costumes and ankle-breaking lubricant into the audience and demonstrated the proper way to put on a condom. high heels backstage. “We need to keep the student body informed After a quick opening duet of ultimate drag showclassic “Super Trashy Cheap and Nasty Bitchy Drag about the risks of unsafe sex,” Brown said. For those who missed the nothing-less-thanQueens,” the show got underway in earnest. One of the crowd favorites, Sassy Stevenz, who portrayed entertaining show, the GSSA and Duncan (sans Cher, stormed onto the stage decked in 80s head- drag) are hosting their annual Safe Sex Lecture to to-toe leather and a wild wig, belting “If I Could discuss contraception and STD prevention, as well as other topics, March 16. Turn Back Time.”

Health Column | aWAKEn Your Health

With the return of the sun, soak up vitamin D By Kelsey Korey | Staff columnist

If vitamin D is not part of your regular diet, you may be missing out in a big way. Studies continuously show the variety of ways it can positively impact your health. Vitamin D is found in several dietary sources such as fish, eggs and fortified milk but also obtained directly from the sun. The sunlight actually converts the cholesterol in your skin to vitamin D. As little as 10 minutes of sun exposure daily is thought to be enough to prevent deficiencies. The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus; therefore, it’s extremely important. It aids in the absorption of calcium which, as you’ve probably heard, helps to build and maintain strong bones. According to Mayo Clinic, research suggests that vitamin D may even provide protection from osteoporosis, hypertension (high blood pressure), cancer and several autoimmune diseases. Some additional health benefits of vitamin D include decreased risks of metabolic syndrome, obesity and heart disease. Unfortunately, most of us are not getting enough vitamin D. A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed that 59 percent of the participants in the study had low levels of vitamin D in their blood. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a wealth of health issues. Ever wonder why flu season occurs in the winter? The season begins w h e n

we start spending most of our times indoors, causing our vitamin D levels to fall. Hence vitamin D is crucial to proper immune functioning. Taking vitamin D supplements has been shown to drastically decrease the occurrence of cold and flu symptoms. So, how can you make sure you are getting enough vitamin D, especially during the winter months? Unfortunately, a healthy diet alone may not guarantee optimum levels of vitamin D. However, there are some alterations you can make to your diet that will aid in the prevention of vitamin D deficiency. Choosing to consume fortified dairy products, cereals, orange juice, eggs, cheese, salmon (or other fatty fish) and mushrooms can improve the levels of vitamin D in your body. However, critics do tend to agree that sunshine is one of the best ways to get vitamin D. A safe amount of daily sunshine without being hazardous to your skin health is about 30 minutes. Genetics can also play a huge role in vitamin D levels in your body. Taking a vitamin supplement is a good way to ensure optimum levels. Taking a daily multivitamin is another great option; just make sure it offers you about 600 units of vitamin D (this information is found on the nutrition label). If you are unsure of your current vitamin D level, you can talk with your doctor or a nutritionist about getting your levels tested; this will reveal how much of the vitamin you should supplement. There are some life events that can indicate a need for more vitamin D rich foods. For instance, if you experience muscle weakness, lowered immunity, chronic low energy or fatigue, or even signs of depression, you may be vitamin D deficient. Sometimes, simply increasing the number of foods containing high amounts of vitamin D in your diet can be the solution. If you still do not feel inclined to take action, consider the following quote from Dr. Soram Khalsa, board-certified medical internist and medical director for the East-West Medical Research Institute: “In all my many years of practicing medicine, I’ve never seen one vitamin, even vitamin C, have such a profound affect on human health.” With the arrival of the sun, be sure to get your fill of Vitamin D. Go do homework out on the quad or play frisbee with your friends and enjoy the nice weather while also improving your health!

Show Review | Dr. Dog

Rising indie band rocks hipster crowds By Pam Clough | Contributing writer The opportunity to see Dr. Dog arose from an unexpected source: a simple conversation about music with my biology TA. Notwithstanding, the opportunity seemed irresistible. Having arrived at the concert an hour late, I missed the first opening band The Head and the Heart. The Buried Beds were the second opening act for Dr. Dog, and they were extremely talented. This six-piece band emitted soaring harmonies, provided by the descants of Hallie Sianni’s vocals and/ or viola and Brandon Beavers vocals. The band provides a rustic, yet passion-filled feel to their music, aided by piano, lap steel and many strings and percussion. The Buried Beds’ music was

catchy yet complex, which is similar to the style of Dr. Dog. Then, Scott McMicken on lead guitar and Toby Leaman on bass led the main act, Dr. Dog, onto the stage. The Phildelphia-bred group was dressed as hipsters as they came with the majority of the band members sporting full beards, sunglasses and their extra-long Dr. Dog knit hats. They began playing after a short banter with the audience, silhouetted by stained glass panels displaying eyes, spider webs and other unique artistic motifs. The set-list featured the distinct style of the Dr. Dog — sharp guitars, a tight rhythm section and unconventional, interesting song structure. Although they played many older favorites such as “The Old Days,”

“My Friend,” “The Rabbit, the Bat & the Reindeer” and “The Beach,” they played much of their new album, Shame, Shame, including songs such as “Unbearable Why,” “Shadow People,” “Mirror, Mirror” and “I Only Wear Blue.” The music and the dancing crowd made the room swell with energy. After an incredible set, Dr. Dog finally played the last song, “The Old Days,” and walked off the stage. The crowd was relentless in their demands for an encore, and continuously cheered, stomped and collectively slow-clapped. Finally, the band returned to the stage and closed with the strangely comforting words of “Jackie Wants a Black Eye:” “And we’re all in it together now as we all fall apart. And we’re swapping little pieces of our broken little hearts.”

Band Review | Pink Martini

Multi-lingual band crosses many borders By Yasmin Bendaas | Contributing writer Formed in Oregon in 1994, Pink Martini was pieced together by Harvard grad Thomas M. Lauderdale. The classically trained pianist got the idea for the band after tiring of the same old styles of music being played at political fundraising events. Itching for an all-embracing sound, Pink Martini is a combination of melodies from around the world, past and present. Songs are spiced with Brazilian, Cuban, old-Hollywood musical and even Japanese influences. With such an encompassing musical sound, it is no surprise the band has made it back not only in the states, but also across the globe. The multi-lingual aspect of Pink Martini even landed the band “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” nominations at France’s Victoires de la Musique Awards for their very first

single, “Sympathetique.” The debut album, also titled Sympathetique was released in 1997 and has sold nearly one million copies since. The album’s popularity took the group to concerts held in a variety of locations including the Cannes Film Festival, Japan, Europe, Taiwan, Turkey and Lebanon. Since Sympathetique, Pink Martini’s discography has largely expanded to include Hang on Little Tomato (2004), Hey Eugene! (2007), Splendor in the Grass (2009), and Joy to the World (2010). The tasteful variety in the albums proves the band’s talent in writing their own songs and also covering famous pieces from differing countries, such as “Andalucia” by Ernesto Lecuona. In sum, Pink Martini has rightfully described their perspectives as that of “musical archaeologists.” This “little orchestra” is able to put forth such a diverse sound primarily because of the diversity of the band

members. For instance, Lauderdale, the founder of the band, is trained in piano and initially anticipated a career path in politics. While studying at Harvard, Lauderdale met China Forbes, and invited her to join his entrepreneurial venture in creating Pink Martini. She is now the band’s lead singer and co-writer of many songs. The band’s trombone player, Robert Taylor, obtained his music degree from Northwestern University and has studied with nearly every brass instrumentalist of the Chicago Symphony. Without a doubt, Pink Martini is a powerhouse of multi-talented musicians who have gained success within and outside of the group. North Carolina will have the privilege of seeing the band perform on March 4 and 5 in Raleigh alongside the North Carolina Symphony at Meymandi Concert Hall.


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Wake Abroad | Spanish Holiday - Viva Salamanca!

When novelty fades, negatives of living abroad surface By Meenu Krishnan | Staff columnist

It’s here. The dreaded five week valley. Now I know what you’re thinking: huh? I first heard about the five week valley during one of our pre-departure orientation meetings, when the study abroad adviser warned us that after about a month, in a new country, you start to feel slightly down. As she explained to us, during the first month, everything is new, fabulous and completely wonderful. But once the novelty starts to wear off, and you realize that you are really living in a completely different country, it’s entirely possible that you can start to miss familiarity. Now, my December myself scoffed at this idea; I’ve lived in other countries before, and at that time, I was completely thrilled at the prospect of Spain. But, the study abroad adviser was correct. And that temporary valley is here. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, let me emphasize that Spain is still wonderful, and I am grateful for this experience every day. At the same time, however, I think it’s important to fully analyze this study abroad experience and not let the positives drown out the negatives. Because

there are negatives – very few, but they do exist. A few things that I really miss right now: my dogs, driving, familiar food, hot showers and American television shows. Now, I realize that all of these things sound extremely trivial, but hear me out. Let’s talk specifics: the two things I’m probably the most bothered by here are racism and customer service. Racism is relatively pervasive in Spain, which is really unfortunate. Now I am always extremely hesitant to pull the race card and honestly, I consider myself fairly thick-skinned, but I have to admit, that I’m slightly tired of walking down the street and being glared at like a criminal. Illegal immigration is a huge problem in Spain, especially from Northern Africa, and I suppose that to Spaniards, we all look the same (even though I’m Indian). Second, customer service. For a country that is so heavily dependent on tourism, you would think that they would be more polite to foreigners/customers. But no. During my experience here, I’ve had credit cards thrown at me, change deliberately dropped on the counter instead of in my hand, a lit cigarette tossed at me, and other things. Others in my group have had similar encounters.

Perhaps I’m used to the Wake Forest bubble where everyone smiles at each other, but it’s still an adjustment to get used to the, for lack of a better word, rudeness of the general Spaniard. Now, let me reiterate: I realize that every single one of these things may sound minor. And I know what you must be thinking – this girl is in Spain, why is she complaining about customer service? And I really don’t want to generalize, as I have met some truly wonderful Spaniards, like my madre, Carmen. But these little things, if you have to deal with them every single day, really do start to mount up. And this is part of the study abroad experience. You are not visiting a country. You are living in the country for five months, and that means experiencing all aspects of the culture, both positive and negative. In the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to talk about how study abroad is not five months of joy (maybe it is for some, but for the majority, I think not). There are ups and downs, and it’s important to embrace both of them as part of the experience. Here’s to snapping out of this funk soon!

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Madrid’s Plaza Mayor is at the center of the capital city where Meenu encountered some ill-mannered locals.

Traditions Column | Wake Forest University Traditions Council

History behind Founders’ Day rooted in campus medias By Emily Snow | Staff columnist

Founders’ Day and Founders’ Day Convocation seem selfexplanatory by name alone: a celebration of the founding of the university and those who enabled this momentous event. However, a quick glimpse into the early years of our university through the eyes of the Provost Emeritus Ed Wilson reveals much more about this celebratory day. In addition to providing university history.

On Feb. 3, 1834, university founders “established an institution that would extend the light of life to mankind,” writes Bynum Shaw in The History of Wake Forest College. Founders’ Day Convocation this year will return to its roots as an event motivated by the university students. Few on campus know that before the days of Greek organizations, religious groups and volunteer efforts, campus life was largely dominated by two literary societies:

the Philomathesian and the Euzelian. Membership was required in one of the literary societies for all students until the 1940s, when it ceased to be mandatory but still highly encouraged. Before the days of the communication department, the Philomathesian and the Euzelian were the only venues for students to refine their public speaking skills. According to Wilson, these societies played an integral role in campus life and were the driv-

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ing force behind two events in the fall and spring terms: Society Day and Founders’ Day. These two days were opportunities for students to engage in debate and oratory and recognize faculty and student honors. Society Day entailed more student involvement than Founders’ Day, with an emphasis on competition between the societies, but the two events, nevertheless, have origins in student involvement. The move to the WinstonSalem campus entailed many

changes, including the eventual decline of the literary societies along with the gradual rise of Greek life. “In 1969, Founders’ Day gained even more importance as the special day in the year when the campus came together,” Wilson said. This year’s Founders’ Day returns to that tradition. “In the early days of Wake Forest, the student body was not all that large, and students had much more of a say in arranging activities on campus. We are return-

ing to that by naming student speakers on Founders’ Day,” he said. The Feb. 17 ceremony will thus mark a turn in the evolution of Founders’ Day – a return to its origins and history as a day driven by student contributions. Professor James Powell will introduce the senior orators; many awards and honors will be given to faculty and students; and this year’s ACC champions, the women’s soccer team, will be recognized.


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Sports Old Gold & Black

Men’s basketball struggles against two in-state opponents By Jim Simpson | Contributing writer

UNC-Chapel Hill 78 Wake Forest 64 Wake Forest took on the N.C. State Wolfpack Feb. 13. Both teams came into the game hurting, the Deacs 1-8 in the ACC on a three-game losing streak and the Wolfpack 2-7, nursing a four-game losing streak. Unfortunately for Wake’s predominately young lineup, the game was quickly taken over by the Wolfpack, who won the tipoff and opened with an 8-0 run; it took the Deacs three minutes to score with two points finally coming from freshman Carson Desrosiers. N.C. State quickly established dominance inside with forwards senior Tracy Smith and freshman C.J. Leslie leading the Wolfpack in scoring in the first half (10 and 13 points, respectively). Sophomore C.J. Harris was on the attack against N.C. State’s zone defense, scoring four early points; however, the Wolfpack soon extended their defense and got Harris under control. Wake’s transition game was sorely lacking as freshman Tony Chennault tried to quicken the pace for the Deacs to no avail, gaining only one fastbreak basket before the break. Nearly every time Wake stole the ball in the first half, they turned it over on the other end before getting a shot off. However, the Deacs kept the first half competitive by shooting eight of eight from the free-throw line and headed into halftime only down 37-29 to the Wolfpack. The second half was all N.C. State. Despite starting the half on a 4-0 mini-run, the game quickly got away from the Deacs as the Wolfpack’s superior passing and post presence allowed them to go on a 16-2 run. Leslie (19 points, 54 percent from the field) and Smith (20 points, 75 percent from the field) continued to dominate inside in the second half, ending the game with eight rebounds each. Freshman Travis McKie attacked the rim for the Deacs as he did in the first half, ending with 15 points and seven rebounds. He received some second half help from junior Nikita Mescheriakov who added seven points. Harris, coming off a 24-point performance against Miami, was held to six points, but did contribute six assists. The Demon Deacons continued to struggle in transition with only one more fastbreak basket despite Chennault’s concerted efforts. In the postgame press conference, Wake Forest Head Coach Jeff Bzdelik stressed the points he has been trying to instill in the players for an effective transition game. “It would help if we could get defensive stops instead of always inbounding the ball, and it would help if we would culminate defensive possession when we did get stops with defensive rebounding, and then everyone needs to run,” Bzdelik said. “If you would pass the ball you would find open teams and guys could get open shots. It takes discipline and effort to do that all the time.”

The Wolfpack had greater control over their passing game, as well as their game in the post. They ended with 22 assists to the Deacs’ nine, and 36 rebounds to Wake’s 26. The Wolfpack also had 46 points scored inside. “It was a total team effort and I think that’s indicated by 22 assists,” N.C. State Head Coach Sidney Lowe said. “What [also] really helped us was that our bigs were running the floor.” These factors allowed N.C. State to beat Wake Forest 80-55. Bzdelik was not pleased with the way the Demon Deacons played. “You’re going to play like you practice,” Bzdelik said. “The last two days leading up to this particular game, our practices weren’t very good and we played today like we practiced the last couple of days.” Bzdelik made it clear that the poor practices in the wake of a tough loss to Miami Feb. 9 reflected on players’ “lack of maturity and leadership. (However, he is still) confident that our young players will learn from this experience.” Having lost four straight, the Deacs traveled to Chapel Hill to take on the No. 19 Tar Heels Feb. 15. Bzdelik’s press conference admonitions seemed to spark the Deacons, who never let themselves get too discouraged and fought off several scoring runs by the Tar Heels. The Tar Heels opened the game with a 7-0 run spurred on by two early blocks from big man sophomore John Henson, who leads the ACC in blocks with 2.9 per game. Deacon senior Gary Clark then scored the first five points for Wake and freshman J.T. Terrell helped with two back-to-back 3-pointers. However, Wake Forest’s zone defense was not enough to contain post players Henson and junior Tyler Zeller who helped the Tar Heels to out-rebound the Deacs 22-15 in the first half, including nine offensive rebounds. This strong inside play allowed the Tar Heels to go on a 10-0 run that ended with five minutes left in the half with Mescheriakov’s jumper that allowed the Deacs to answer with a six-point run. Wake’s leading scorer, McKie, was held to just two points and two rebounds in the half, but Terrell’s solid play kept the Deacs within 13 at the half when he buried a 3-pointer just two seconds before the buzzer. Terrell carried his momentum over into the second half, allowing the Demon Deacons to score first off of his long jumper, following a block from junior Ty Walker. UNC-Chapel Hill answered with an 8-0 run, which ended at the 16-minute mark as the teams began to trade baskets. The Tar Heels outran the Deacons in transition, but Terrell’s 18 points kept the contest competitive. The Deacs went on an 8-0 run followed by two 3-pointers to close the gap to eight points with 6:30 left on the clock. However, strong inside play from Tar Heel freshman All-American forward Harrison Barnes and a series of Wake misses removed any hope for a comeback.

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Freshman forward Travis McKie throws down a huge dunk in the Deacons’ 78-64 loss in Chapel Hill. McKie finished with seven points in the loss. Wake Forest tried everything to contain UNCChapel Hill, but neither the full-court press or zone defense worked in the second half. The Tar Heels continued to dominate inside, out-rebounding Wake 46-30, which made up for five of 27 shooting from beyond the arc. The Deacs also stayed in foul trouble for most of the game, committing 25 personal fouls to the Tar Heels’ 12. The Deacons went to the foul line eight times to the Tar Heel’s 28. Mescheriakov and Terrell also fouled out in the game. The Tar Heels eventually won the game 78-64.

McKie ended with seven points and nine rebounds and Gary Clark had 13 points. C.J. Harris shot just one of 12 from the floor and ended with four points and three assists, but played the whole game despite having his head split open on the floor when UNC-Chapel Hill’s John Henson landed on him with a minute left in the first half. Wake Forest will look to avenge the loss to the Tar Heels Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. as they return home to take on Florida State, who beat the Deacons in Tallahassee, Fla. Feb. 1 by a score of 85-61.

Baseball: New bats will help pitchers, but reduce hitting power Continued from Page B1

have to meet the new BallBat Coefficient of Restitution (BBCOR). This new bat is made to decrease the exit velocity of the ball, making it closer to the performance of a wooden bat. According to Brooks, the new bats will have a maximum exit velocity of 97 mph, compared

to exit velocities of previous bats that reached 115 mph. For a team that hit only 54 home runs in 2010, Wake Forest’s offense will not be affected by the new bats. “With the new regulations in the bats this year, it’s going to be very hard to have a lot of power numbers, so we’re actually in a great situation as far as offense,” Brooks said.

Brooks said that the Deacs are a team based on high batting average, high on-base percentage (OBP) and high speed. The Wake Forest offense will look to improve on last year’s OBP of .374 and a batting average of .281. As a team, the Demon Deacons

stole 83 bases in 110 attempts last season. The Wake Forest pitchers will also benefit from the introduction of new bats. “I think it’s going to help us out a lot,” Dimock said. “It won’t be in the back of your head, you can jam this guy and he can

still pop it out. It’s going to be a good change.” Last year, the pitching staff struggled. They finished the season with a team ERA of 6.29. The staff also surrendered 69 home runs over the course of the season. However, this year’s staff has absorbed another year of experience and is ready for the

challenges in the coming 2011 season. “I think we’ll be a lot better than last year,” Dimock said. “We have a lot more returning guys, younger guys and the freshmen that stepped up last year are returning so they’ve gotten a lot better.” When asked what he expected Wake Forest to do against LSU, Brooks said: “Sweep ‘em.”


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