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“Covers the campus like the magnolias”

Job market looks bright for ’08 grads

Corps gives university high rank

By Elliot Engstrom | News editor

Employers plan to increase entry level hiring by 11.8 percent in 2008, according to CollegeGrad. com. The increase is the largest projected increase in entry-level hiring since 2005. According to Collegegrad.com, 60 percent of their top entry level employers anticipate hiring more college graduates in 2008 than in 2007. 21 percent plan to hire the same number and 19 percent will hire fewer.“This is an impressive number of openings for 2008,” Collegegrad.com President Brian Krueger said in a Jan. 31 article from WorldatWork.org. CollegeGrad.com is an entry-level job Web site for college graduates. They recently announced their list of what they consider the top 500 entry level employers for 2008. Enterprise Rent-A-Car tops the list, with plans to hire 8,500 new college graduates. Also near the top of the list are such companies as Americorps, Walgreen Company, the Internal Revenue Service and Progressive Insurance, each with 4,000 or more projected entry level hires for 2008. At the bottom of the list with ten projected hires each are Cleary Gottlieb, Grainger, Larson Design Group, and Melick-Tully and Associates. The list represents over 165,000 jobs that will be available to this year’s graduating class. The list boasts several companies that were present in previous years, such as Lowe’s and Liberty Mutual Group, and also many newcomers to the list, including EMC and FactSet. The increase is good for seniors at the university, many of whom have big ambitions for their future careers. However, seniors are not popping the cork on the champagne yet. Many realize that to be competitive in today’s job market, one must often continue schooling after completing undergraduate studies. “While an increase in jobs available for college graduates is enticing, the fact still remains that most of us are going to need to pursue advanced degrees in order to truly be competitive in our fields,” said senior Rob Daniels. “I’m guessing the number of big-time law firms looking to hire first-year college graduates is fairly low.” The university’s Office of Career Services has seen an increase in the number of organizations looking for university graduates. “The Office of Career Services experienced a 13 percent increase in the number of organizations recruiting on campus last semester,” said Director of Career Services William Currin. “It is too early to project with any degree of accuracy the year end percentage of actual hires See Grads, Page A2

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Resident adviser Jon Wright conducts a hall meeting with his residents. Wright is currently a freshman resident adviser in Johnson Residence Hall.

A veteran resident advisor gives insight into the job By Caitlin Brooks | Staff writer A belligerent, intoxicated student corners his peer in a study lounge, yelling and gesticulating threateningly; a freshman endures bouts of depression and homesickness and thinks of suicide; roommates come to blows in too close-quarters as tension mounts during exam time. When conflicts arise and simple problems balloon out of control, resident advisors (RAs) are there to mediate, arbitrate, and counsel. “We are like medics in war,” senior Jon Wright said. “We are on the frontlines in the dorms; we see what is going on and then run with it.” Wright is a second year member of the resident advisor team for the university. In this capacity, he joins 94 other students as an employee of the Residence Life and Housing Program. Each RA reports to and is directly accountable to a gradu-

By Gary Porter | Contributing writer

Students participated in an American Red Cross blood drive on Jan. 31 in Benson University Center.

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ate hall director and lives with a group of 15-65 residents. He or she works with these residents in areas of advising, community development, policy enforcement, administration and general operation of the residential community. That is a lot of responsibility for an undergraduate student. For this reason, the application process is no cakewalk. Potential RAs begin applying during the first weeks of the spring semester by turning in a paper application detailing their merits and preferences. Everyone, including returning RAs, must undergo the application process each year. Each individual must meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.5 and be in good academic standing – no probation or disciplinary sanctions in place or pending – to even merit consideration. To demonstrate candidate’s creative sides, each

The university is now ranked 16th in a top 25 list of small colleges and universities, according to the Peace Corps List of Top Colleges of 2008. Released Jan.14, the list was compiled for colleges and universities with the most alumni volunteers. Currently the university has 17 graduates serving in the program Since the Peace Corps was founded in March of 1961, 182 graduates have served. The top list of colleges and universities is divided into three categories: large colleges that include more than 15,000 students, medium colleges that include 5,001 to 15,000 students and small colleges that include less than 5,000 students. Tied with the university at 16th in the category of small colleges and universities are Colgate University, Macalester College, Middlebury College and Tufts University. The University of Chicago came in first in the category with 34 alumni volunteers. The university has dropped nine spots from last year’s rank of seven, when the university had 21 graduates serving in the Peace Corps. The idea of the Peace Corps began when President John F. Kennedy, then senator, was running for presidential office in November of 1960. In an impromptu campaign speech Kennedy challenged a crowd of 10,000 students at the University of Michigan by saying, “How many of you are willing to give two years of your lives to the cause of peace by living and working in developing world?” From there a governmental agency was formed to lead foreign countries towards world peace and friendship. Since 1960 there have been over 190,000 total volunteers, serving in over 139 countries. The program currently includes 8,039 volunteers in 74 countries, ranging from St. Lucia to Afghanistan to South Korea. Peace Corps volunteers strive to help hundreds of thousands of individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their

A restless energy carried students through classes on Tuesday, climaxing in parties with politics and pizza. Though Super Tuesday did not garner quite as much attention as the Super Bowl, audiences were equally, if not more, enthusiastic. College Republicans met in Benson 409 and College Democrats gathered in Shorty’s. Both groups had TVs to provide a constant stream of updates from each of the 24 states holding primaries and caucuses. The TVs’ buzz enhanced a tense and thrilling atmosphere, as students differed in their picks for the presidential nomination. As the frontrunner for the Republican Party, Arizona Senator John McCain seems to be the overall favorite for conservative students. “I think (the Republican nominee) will be McCain; I figured it would be him from the start,” freshman Rob Byrd said. “National security is above everything else for me, and I respect McCain’s foreign

Life | B7 Television Woes The Writers Guild of America strike continues to affect viewing and has led to in limited choices for fans.

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policy more than any other don’t see at polls,” sophomore candidate’s.” Sarah Austin Hines said. “Also, Freshman Seth Williford said, just wanting change is not “I am hoping for a solid McCain enough. You have to pick the one victory delegate-wise, but our who can make it happen. I think executive board Obama can is fairly balanced make change in terms of who “I am rooting for Obama, and happen!” we support.” “I am I would like to see someone Sophomore rooting for like Joe Biden, who has a lot Benjamin Obama, and I Lynch said, of solid foreign policy experi- would like to “Ultimately I see someone ence, as his running mate.” will pick the like Joe Biden, Matthew Gomez Republican who has a Senior nominee. I lot of solid think age will foreign policy play a factor experience, in the vice presidential choice. as his running mate,” senior McCain, for example, would Matthew Goetz said. choose a rising star, someone The College Democrats younger than 60.” attracted several newcomers When asked about the among the large crowd in Democratic nominee, he said “I addition to officers and longtime think Obama would be harder to members. beat; he has a John F. Kennedy “I am not a devoted Democrat, type-of-appeal.” Respect for but I am really pumped about Obama’s ability to inspire was Super Tuesday and Clinton’s a common sentiment expressed campaign. I think we need a among the College Democrats. woman in office, and I agree “I truly believe that Obama has with (Clinton’s) policies,” said the charisma and values to bring freshman Lauren Maile. As in votes from the cohorts that we the official results were tallied

Sports | B1 Deacs drop heartbreakers Men’s basketball team loses two close games against NC State and Georgia Tech.

and announced, students made entreaties for their picks. Openly dismayed, freshman Austin Shrum defended Ron Paul. “Ron Paul supporters are visibly flustered by Fox News absence of ‘fair and balanced news coverage,’” Shrum said. "Ron Paul is an outspoken advocate of the traditional conservative position.” Randy Paris, sophomore College Democrats Vice President, shared an anecdote from his experience working for the Obama campaign in South Carolina. “One of the women I worked with said she had not felt so excited about an election since Kennedy,” Paris said. “She took a week off from her job, flew in from Michigan and worked tirelessly for the campaign. Obama has this innate thing more so than any candidate of either side: the ability to inspire people. He is brilliant, mature and capable. He has the fresh perspective which can bring D.C. the change it needs.” Regardless of political leanings, students delighted in the opportunity to discuss the future of a changing America.

Opinion | A6 A look to the right College Republicans stress that in an era of change, conservatism provides a firm footing for America.


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Brieflies Brown University professor to give lecture on philosopher A free lecture sponsored by the philosophy department will take place at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in room B-316, Tribble Hall. Richard Heck of Brown University will give a lecture entitled, “What is Frege’s Puzzle?”

Undergraduate Admissions to sponsor open house The university will hold an open house this spring. Faculty and current students will be speaking and prospective students will have the opportunity to take campus tours. Register online at www.wfu.edu/admissions/

Last day to drop classes is approaching Feb. 20 is the last day for undergraduate, graduate and divinity students to drop classes.

Sophomore major declaration deadline approaching The annual major declaration process is scheduled for Feb. 18-22. All sophomores should declare a major by setting up an advising appointment at the desired department during this period. Students who do not declare by Feb. 22 risk being unable to register for their major courses during major registration. Advising conferences will be conducted Mar. 17-28. For more information, contact Susan Carlton at the Office of the Registrar at Ext. 5172.

Student Trustee Applications are now available Application forms for Student Trustee are now available outside of the Student Government Office in Benson and also in Benson 311. Applications are due to J.K. Curry – SLC Chair – by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.13 in 219 Scales Fine Arts Center.

University and Winston-Salem Symphony partner for event The university’s Secrest Artist Series and the Winston-Salem Symphony are partnering to present three symphony concerts in February featuring renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Robert Mood will conduct the concerts. This event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 in Wait Chapel. Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff.

Museum of Anthropology to host cultural workshop Family Cultures Up Close Workshop is for elementary-aged children and accompanying adults that feature learning activities and crafts. Guest instructor Mona Wu will teach a class on the Chinese New Year and the basics of Chinese calligraphy. It is $7 per child per class or $5 for MOA Friend. Adults are free. Seating is limited to 15 children per session. Preregistration is required and you sign up the Friday before each program. For more information or to register, call ext. 5282 or email moa@wfu.edu. The event will take place from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Museum of Anthropology.

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application instructs readers to creatively describe themselves to the selection committee using an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper. According to junior Alex Vaccaro, a second year RA, creativity is essential to success. “Apart from making bulletin boards and thinking of hall activities, we use creativity to make residence halls feel like home, that’s hard to do,” Vaccaro said. Once the Office of Residence Life and Housing has collected all the applications, the true selection begins. Prospective students are paired with current resident advisors as part of a mentor-mentee program at the university. Candidates have one week to accompany their mentor on a set of nightly rounds in a residence hall. They also attend a staff meeting, the purpose of which is to “provide each RA candidate an opportunity to better understand what it takes to be a successful RA,” according to the Office of Residence Life and Housing website. If the mentor program fails to frighten off hopefuls, applicants will move onto the next level of RA selection–an all day event scheduled for Feb. 16 this semester. Here potential RAs are teamed up and given problems to solve as a group. Judges observe each teammate’s responses to the situation and take notes on their ability to work as a team. During the afternoon, the process shifts to individual interviews where each candidate is judged on their responses to questions by a panel of Residence Life and Housing Staff and current RAs. The scores from the team segment, individual interview and application are then tallied to form a quantitative

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David Clark is the associate director of Residence Life and is highly involved in the selection process of RAs. score for each candidate. one, David Clark, associate Director A panel then of Residence Life reviews the highsaid. est scoring appliEach year the “You get to ... be a good role cants and debates office receives model and friend. A lot of the merits of upwards of 170 people ask me if I miss my upeach using comapplications for mentary written a mere 95 posiperclassmen friends and I do,... on the numeritions. There are but it’s really worth it...” cal evaluations as roughly two canJon Wright well as applicadidates for each Resident Advisor tion materials and RA job. overall personality “It’s (the selecof candidates. tion process) like The decision process is a complex a puzzle. We are trying to find the

best people for the job while balancing new applicants with returning RAs,” Clark said. New and returning RAs generally receive their hall assignments right before spring break, nearly two months after the beginning of the process. This year’s date is March 5. For those selected as RAs, the journey has only just begun. Each RA is required to attend Spring Training Day (April 12 this year) and must report to school a week before the semester begins (Aug. 13) in order to train and prepare for incoming students. It is during these crucial sessions that RAs learn the staples of their trade; conflict resolution, discipline procedures and administrative duties. “When first year students who arrived at school and had never even considered being an RA have great experiences in their halls and decide to apply, it is really rewarding because it means we did a good job selecting an RA and will hopefully continue to do so,” Clark said of the most rewarding part of RA placement. Being a RA means increased responsibility, long term commitment and hard work–so why commit? For Wright, the long hours are worth it. As an RA in a freshman hall, “you get to be a freshman all over again, and I want to be one for as long as possible,” Wright said. “Every year, college is new again, life is more spontaneous. These guys (in my hall) still want to play frisbee in the rain just because they can and make Cook-Out runs at three in the morning.” Wright continued, “You get to have a positive influence on people and be a good role model and friend. “A lot of people ask me if I miss my upperclassmen friends and I do, it’s a social sacrifice because they all live on North Campus, but it’s really worth it; it’s a totally different social dynamic.”

Peace Corps: Students help out Grads: Job market looks promising inaugural address something that soon became the core of the Peace Corps philosophy: children and their communi“To those people in the huts and ties. villages of half the globe strugRecently the Peace Corps began gling to break to broaden the bonds of efforts to mass misery, teach inforwe pledge our “How many of you are willing m a t i o n best efforts to give two years of your lives technology, to help them to the cause of peace by living business help themdevelopment selves...” and working in the developing and awareThere are world?” ness and three estabJohn F. Kennedy prevention of lished goals President of the United States HIV/AIDS of the Peace throughout Corps, set the world. by President President Kennedy and initial leaders of the Kennedy included in his 1961 organization. The first is helping Continued from Page A1

the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women. The second goal is helping to promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served. The final goal of the Peace Corps is helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. In order to learn more about the list of top colleges and universities or the Peace Corps in general, students can visit the Peace Corps’ web-site at www. peacecorps.gov. Students may also contact the Peace Corps at 1-800-424-8580 to learn about how they can become involved.

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which this activity will yield. An additional complicating question relative to projecting the job market is the impact of a possible recession which could occur later this year.”For the entire list of CollegeGrad.com’s top entry level employers for 2008, students can visit www. collegegrad.com. The site features the 500 top entry level employers, along with how many projected hires each company has for 2008.

POLICE BEAT Alcohol and Drug Violations • University Police responded Jan. 29 to a call about a loud party in the Taylor House lounge and charged six students with holding an unauthorized party and eight other students with underage consumption of alcohol. Information about the incident was provided to Harold Holmes, associate vice president and dean of student services. • University Police stopped a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction Feb. 2 in Lot N, and after questioning the student, charged him with underage alcohol consumption. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services. • University Police responded Feb. 2 to a call about a student who was found unconscious in his room in Bostwick. Student emergency medical technicians were called and transported him to Student Health for evaluation. Police charged the student with underage alcohol consumption

and provided information about the incident to the dean of student services. • University Police responded Feb. 2 to a call about a party in Johnson Residence Hall and charged seven students with underage alcohol consumption. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services.

Theft • Cash totaling $350 was reported stolen between 1:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 25 from clothing in a locker at the Miller Athletic Center.

Property Damage • University Police responded Jan. 30 to a call about vandalism on the second floor of Reynolda Hall and found a chair leg broken, damaged wood trim on a wall and graffiti on a bathroom stall. Police estimated damages at $200. • Damage estimated at $50 was caused by skate-

boarders scraping paint off the curbs Feb. 3 in Reynolda Village. University Police halted the activity and contacted the parents of the juveniles involved to come pick them up.

Miscellaneous • Two students were charged with failure to comply Jan. 29 after they lied to a gate security officer while trying to enter campus driving an unregistered vehicle. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services. • University Police charged a student with failure to comply Jan. 30 after investigating an improperly registered vehicle. Information about the incident was provided to the dean of student services. University Police responded to 39 calls from Jan. 28–Feb. 3, including nine incidents and investigations and 30 service calls.


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Best-selling author to visit By Lauren Wright | Contributing writer

New York Times best-selling author Dan Heath will deliver the keynote speech at Wake Forest’s 18th annual Marketing Summit at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 in Brendle Recital Hall. Heath, a current consultant to the policy programs for The Aspen Institute and a columnist for Fast Company magazine, will elaborate concepts from his book, Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. The book, a 2007 Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller is coauthored by his brother, Chip Heath, and reveals the secret traits Heath that link all “sticky ideas” from advertisement to proverbs, enumerating steps to success in endeavors where creativity counts. Many clients have sought Heath’s expert advice, including Microsoft, Nestle, Macy’s, Nissan, Wal-Mart and the American Heart Association. Heath received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where he co-founded a company called Thinkwell. The company produces interactive multimedia college textbooks that facilitate new approaches to learning. During this time Heath was the editor in chief of Thinkwell, and also served on

the company’s board of directors. Heath of Washington, the University of Wisthen pursued a research fellowship and consin-Madison and our university will MBA from Harvard Business School, compete in teams of 4-7 for a first place developing case studies for the Entre- cash prize of $5,000. The teams will be preneurial Manageasked to devise a ment unit. The HBS cases “ With convincing examples, the marketing strategy to solve a realistic are presently in use authors take readers through problem posed by at numerous business schools across these elements, illustrating along this year’s surprise the country. the way how the ideas work, such corporate sponsor. The undergraduMore recently, as how the hugely successful ate challenge will Heath worked for students Duke Corporate advertising campaign surround- include Education where ing Jared Fogle, the 425-pound from the university, the University of he designed and college student who lost weight Maryland, Vanderinstructed training by eating Subway sandwiches, bilt and the Univerprograms for Forsity of Florida. tune 500 execuwas almost never made.” An expert in the tives. Los Angeles Times review of business of “making The university’s student-led summit Dan Heath’s best-selling book, ideas stick,” Heath has insisted that will run from Feb. Made to Stick anyone who wants 7-9, and will include to make their ideas a 36-hour case comcount should defipetition between nitely consider readstudents from some of America’s top MBA programs, interac- ing his book. He believes that there are comprehentive professional development activities and networking events involving some sive ways for everyone to make a difference in their daily lives and professional of the world’s best companies. Past participating sponsors include careers. Heath thinks that people can make Wachovia, Sarah Lee, Yahoo! and Cocaa difference regardless of their career Cola. There is also an impressive list of con- choice. Whether they are involved in educatending business schools. Graduate students from Brigham tion, politics, creative writing, manYoung, Duke, Northwestern, Penn- agement or even parenting, anything sylvania State, Virginia, the University is possible.

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Student-athletes load food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Food was boxed locally and then shipped to distribution centers.

Professor receives grant from NSF Democrats Money will be used to create organization that protects islands By Maya Yette | Staff writer The National Science Foundation has awarded William K. Smith, university professor and Charles H. Babcock Chair of Botany, along with two colleagues, a five year $477,000 grant to create the Coastal Barrier Island Network. Smith is working on the project with Rusty Feagin, assistant professor with the Spatial Sciences Laboratory at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University and Nancy Jackson, professor of chemistry and environmental science at the New Jersey Smith Institute of Technology. “Obviously we’re delighted,” said Smith. “The National Science Foundation is the most competitive agency you can apply to in most of the basic sciences and it is five years of funding. “That’s very exciting because you ImagineHPbw 3/13/06 feel like you have enough time to get something done,” he said. Most grants are only two years. The Coastal Barrier Island Net-

work, formerly called BINET, will Coastal Barrier Island Network will impacts. look at the environmental problems be able bring together a multi-disci“They are very, very important barrier islands are facing and try to plinary group of researchers. features of the landscape and if, for “evaluate what is There is money example, we were to lose all the bargoing to happen for annual meet- rier islands the coastal situation would to these islands ings and work- change in areas from social economics “ NSF is the most competitive in the future, shops. Also, to aesthetics to commercial developwhat’s beginning agency you can apply to in most money will go ment,” said Smith. to happen, how “None of the coastline would be of the basic sciences and it’s five towards summer we can develop courses for stu- what it is today in any sense of the years of funding. That’s very a strategy for dents on the word.” sustaining these exciting because you feel like you topic of sustainSmith and his colleagues began the islands, and all have enough time to get some- ing barrier islands National Science Foundation grant the advantages in the future from application process about six months thing done.” of having them,” all those dif- ago. William K. Smith Smith said. ferent perspecHowever, the idea of applying for Charles H. Babcock Chair of Botany tives including the grant is much older. The Coastal Barrier Island economics and The idea for the grant proposal Network primarhydrology. sprung out of a workshop Smith ily focuses on the “Ultimately the hosted in 2006 that met in Gulfport, east gulf coast. purpose is to develop a strategic plan Miss. following Hurricane Katrina. For example, South Padre Island is on how to sustain these ecosystems The National Science Foundation a barrier island. in the future, if it’s possible, even,” also funded this workshop, but it was One issue the Coastal Barrier Island said Smith. on a much smaller scale with about Network is examining is how to proCBIN will also $20,000. tect barrier islands against storms, as be able to identify Smith invited large storms can do significant damage research areas that people from “ They are very, very important to the islands, especially over a long may be lacking many other discifeatures of the landscape and period of time. and need to be plines who were if we were to lose all the barrier all involved in One of the proposals is that native researched more vegetation can be used more effi- in depth. barrier islands in islands, the coastal situation ciently The barrier some way to this would change in areas from “Barrier islands survive much better islands are conworkshop. when they have the maritime forest sidered impor- social economics to aesthetics to “That’s how already in tact,” said Smith. tant from a lot of things got off the commercial development.” “Houses will provide structure. different perspecground was this William K. Smith However, they are very expensive tives. Charles H. Babcock Chair of Botany workshop, then storm breaks, so we think there’s a They are imporwe decided what possibility instead of building dikes or tant biologically, kind of effort was dredgers, where the native vegetation ecologically, econeeded to really 2:56 PM a vital Page 1 stabilizing nomically and really plays role in get this going and islands.” even culturally. talked about writing a grant. With the grant money from the Also, they have tremendous ecoWe even put together a manuscript National Science Foundation, the nomic impacts as well as ecosystem which is currently being reviewed,”

host Senate candidate By Alex Osteen | Opinion editor

College Democrats hosted an informal question and answer session with U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Neal Feb. 5. Neal is running against fellow Democrat Kay Hagan for their party’s nomination while Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole will be campaigning to keep her Senate spot this year. This is his first time running for public office. Later he went on to tell the group that in an era of powerful lobbyist groups and when there is a disturbing amount of money involved in politics, every person still has one vote. “Your integrity, your education and your vote can never be taken away from you,” Neal said. After about a 15 minute opening speech, Neal opened the floor to questions. Neal explained how he often finds it difficult to give short answers to simple questions and how his staff is in a constant struggle to keep him on schedule because of it. The final question someone asked Neal was what he felt were the most important current issues the state needed to face, yielding the order of health care, the economy and illegal immigration. Having brought a small contingent of student volunteers accumulated from his campaign’s travels to UNC-Chapel Hill, his undergraduate alma mater, Neal encouraged political activism on this campus.

imagine stopping the progression of Alzheimer’s Maya Angelou

I have friends and loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s. But I can imagine… and hope for… a world without this terrible disease.

author, poet, educator

You can help make a difference. A major brain imaging study led by the National Institutes of Health may help us learn how to stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. Please consider joining the study if you are between 55 and 90 and: • are in good general health with no memory problems, OR • are in good general health but have memory problems or concerns, OR • have a diagnosis of early Alzheimer’s disease.

For more information, call 1-800-438-4380 or visit www.alzheimers.org/imagine. Photo: Courtesy of DwightCarter.com


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Sportsline crosses decency line with offensive airing

Last week on WAKE-TV, the guys on Sportsline dedicated airtime to an annual topic: debating which sorority has the hottest pledge class. You may expect such a show to contain its fair share of awkward ribbing, politically incorrect humor and the like. Indeed we did. Undoubtedly, many viewers tuned in to see just such a spectacle. Sadly though, the evening went beyond that — descending down a slippery slope into unapologetic meanness and humiliating personal attacks. A number of Greek women appeared to assert the superiority of their sororities. Having not been born yesterday, surely they had an inkling of what they were getting themselves into. But nobody deserved the abuse some of them received from viewers who called in. Girls in the studio were personally called out and derided for aspects of their physical appearance. They were either declared attractive or ugly, rightfully belonging to a “hot” sorority or belonging to a sorority of undesirables. Pathetic. The hosts and producers of Sportsline, to their credit, cut off a number of the most sexually explicit callers. However, for the most part, vulgar insults were merely laughed away or shrugged off. In fact, the whole episode seems designed to illicit demeaning comments and ultimately encouraged us to insult each other. It is tasteless, shallow, narcissistic and crude. We should all be able to retain a certain level of respect for our fellow classmates. There will be times when each of us will not measure up. Yet to see such a blatant lack of basic decency go on and on and on was troubling. It made us embarrassed to

be Wake Forest students. If such conversations take place in a premeditated, very public setting, what happens in numerous everyday situations? Furthermore, the episode put on display a sad reality of Greek life — the stereotypes which are all too often used to marginalize and bludgeon. At the end of the day, cliquishness benefits no one, and dismissing a whole section of classmates is silly. We’d like to think that this was an isolated incident, but it is not. We’ve all been exposed to similar sentiments, in one form or another, in our time here. Perhaps some ugliness is unavoidable. In any sufficiently large group of people, some level of idiocy will be found. However, the student body as a whole ought to work to minimize this type of vitriol and vapid sexualization, not promote classless displays of it on television. Are there not better ways for WAKE-TV to spend its time and your money? Are there not more positive, enjoyable things for everyone else to do? Some may foolishly defend the episode on free speech grounds. The First Amendment does indeed protect even deplorable speech. We are not promoting censorship. We’re not asking the government or even the administration to step in. You have the right to say whatever you like. But you should be decent and responsible. When you’re not, you have no right to avoid consequences. And our community should ensure there are consequences.We do not want to see anything like that again, on television or anywhere else. Wake Forest is better than that. We must be better than that. It’s up to WAKE-TV and it’s especially up to you, the students. Speak out and end this.

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Dems represented poorly in article

Arguments chosen were inaccurate generalizations of both political parties

motivation should count as a factor. But the debate here is instead boiled down by a simplistic, unjustified analysis: “I guess the Republicans want men to beat their wives. Talk about good old family values.” This is exactly the kind of broad Garrett Edel distortion of the controversy that Guest columnist debases one side to savagery and the other to infallibility. Classy. Then there are the blatant he representation of Republicans inaccuracies and ignorance riddled and Democrats in the article throughout the piece. Apparently we “Dems embrace diversity, have “unemployment rates at record equality,” (Jan. 31) is not only misinformed and childish, but it is below highs.” The latest unemployment rate taken the standards for publication. by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Take this memorable, grossly generalized line: “Democrats are the best January of this year is 4.9 percent. The highest ever recorded because we use common sense.” Let’s unemployment rate was over 25 bisect this sentence into its two equally percent. during the Great Depression. absurd sections. “Democrats are the I am looking forward to seeing how best…” Such a statement reeks of the “My Dad a statistical gap of 20.1 percent can be explained. can beat up your Dad” mentality from On what basis were these claims the playground days. made? Did they expect this to be true Sidestepping the grammatical error by simply wishing of using “best” to that it be so? contrast only two Also, the Matthew parties, there is an Politics is not the science of Shepard Act was not egregious error of the the intelligent versus the stu“overruled” by the authors in blindly Republicans as is over-generalizing their pid. Political arugments are claimed. own party. not won by claiming an inherIn fact, the bill Considering the ent intellectual superiority, passed the House once large field but by acknowledging the and the Senate in of Democratic bipartisan votes. merit of the opposition while presidential Further, the bill candidates, I have refuting it. was introduced in a hard time seeing the Senate by Sen. how each candidates Gordon Smith, combination of views a Republican, along with Sen. Ted is “best.” Kennedy. The Democratic Party has people The bill only lies dormant because who are pro-life, against gay marriage, against hate crime legislation and against Bush has threatened to veto the bill. And to say that Republicans don’t affirmative action among their ranks — positions that are claimed to be the result want to protect gay people because Bush might veto the bill is like saying of a lack of common sense. that all Democrats cheat on their With regard to the second section, wives like our old friend Bill Clinton. “because we use common sense,” I’d like Finally, the article claims that “we to see what metric of common sense have intolerance toward every person these insightful editorialists are using. My guess is that, using their proprietary in America who is not white, middleaged and Protestant.” method, Democrats have a “a whole I didn’t realize that young, white lot, like seriously” while Republicans Catholics were so marginalized. Or have “negative infinity.” Politics is not that Asians, who have the highest the science of the intelligent versus the median income in the United States, stupid. are forced to the perimeter of society. Political arguments are not won Regardless of party, this is simply an by claiming an inherent intellectual article of gross misrepresentations and superiority but by acknowledging the merit of the opposition while refuting it. outright lies that seeks to groundlessly denigrate Republicans and the state of Nolan and Strickland do offer some the nation. anecdotal evidence to justify their bold The article not only reflects poorly position: “Democrats believe that, when on the authors themselves, but also on a person is murdered in a parking lot, the journalistic standards of the Old that the murderer should go to jail.” Gold & Black. Again sidestepping the use of “that” Print media is the last hold out of used in a sentence twice, this sort of civilized discourse, so let’s keep it outrageous assertion that Republicans accurate and high minded. don’t feel the same way is unfit for print. The hate crime debate is not an issue Garrett Edel is a sophomore from of whether or not murderers should go Delran, N.J. to jail, just whether or not a prejudicial

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NOW needs to change recent position Lauren Wright Guest columnist

The National Organization for Women (NOW) New York State sector posted a furious article in an online press release on Jan. 28, infuriated by Senator Kennedy’s recent endorsement of Obama. “Betrayal!” they scream as the article rolls off dozens of reasons why women should have left Ted in the cold after all of his missteps and delusions over the years. A vacillating attempt to preface the unbridled outrage that ensues, the author includes a side note acknowledging and thanking Senator Kennedy for his contributions to civil rights. Then the fire. The article cites Kennedy’s “late” support of women’s causes, including Title IX, the ERA and the Family and Medical Leave Act. They

also comment on his inadequate ability to forgo As a (typically) enthusiastic supporter of support of “flawed bills,” including that of No NOW, I cringed when I read this, for different Child Left Behind and Medicare. Other shoutreasons than those shared by say, Sean Hannity. outs in the article include those to Howard I think one of the primary considerations that Dean, Jim Dean and Dennis Kucinich, women’s people leave out when they contemplate the “money-takers” and resident feminist movement is that formal frauds of the Democratic organizations like NOW represent Here Clinton is once again a unique, bureaucratic branch Party. This epic breakup between of feminism. The competitive, granted rickety political Kennedy and NOW was structural approach that makes support for her sex, not made official by the last NOW so effective in their political her candidacy. statements, indicating that pursuits is almost inherent in this women cannot wait any kind of feminism. longer in a world run by men These women are brutally (like Ted Kennedy) who do not recognize their vigorous, and the hierarchical power system best interests. of NOW works just as much like a well-oiled And so the battle boils down to Democrat vs. military machine as the U.S. Army; a force to be Democrat, a more vicious one than you ever reckoned with, as Ted just learned. imagined possible on the peaceful side of the To make their way to the top of the food spectrum. chain of social causes, bureaucratic feminists

have displayed some of the most unfair, unfriendly and unexpected tactics on the path to political visibility, butting heads with economic socialism, facing accusations of racism and even anti-Semitism throughout the ‘60s when mostly white, middle-upper class women were granted involvement in the women’s rights movement. By no means has NOW rooted for every woman in politics. They may benefit from a glance back to the ‘70s when Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm requested NOW’s endorsement for the Presidential candidacy, which they boldly declined, despite her ardent commitment to women’s right organizations (something Clinton has yet to publicly declare). Here Clinton is once again granted rickety political support for her sex, not her candidacy. Lauren Wright is a sophomore from Rancho Santa Fe, Ca.

Seeking Middle Ground | Right Says

Republican values offer real answers

defense is necessary to combat the threats perpetually being plotted against the shores of freedom. These principles reject the liberal legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society. These principles have faith in the virtue of the people, that Austrin Shrum they are good at heart and are worthy of the freedom that Guest columnist was won for them by the great n the article posted by the sacrifices of their forefathers. College Democrats last These principles acknowledge week titled “Dems Embrace that the most fundamental Diversity, Equality,” (Jan. 31) rights Americans enjoy are I was fascinated to learn that not privileges granted to them the Republican party consists by a benevolent government exclusively of racist, intolerant, or a particular party; they are wife-beating, middle-aged inalienable rights endowed to whites and that Madonna us by our Creator. is the patron-saint of the However, as I survey the Democratic party. current political landscape and In a gesture of tolerance, the actions done under the apparently a foreign virtue in Republican name in recent the party Abraham Lincoln years, there are certain things founded, I suppose I can of which I am not proud. tolerate Democrats all over the Fiscally, Republicans have nation ripping their political become Democrats in recent inspiration from Madonna years with their voracious lyrics. appetite for pork-barrel While I could use the entirety spending and new entitlement of this article refuting the programs. misleading, unfounded and While reducing the size of the ignorant stereotypes heaped federal government was once recklessly on the Republican an essential plank of the GOP Party by the College Dems, platform, Republicans these I believe the choices facing last several years have added a America today are too vital new, massive bureaucracy to to be trivialized with empty the federal infrastructure while partisan rhetoric. increasing the scope of existing The choices departments. Americans will The party also Freedom is at stake in this has a choice make in this election are to make on election, and I am confinot choices dent the Republican party whether or not on peripheral it will continue can once again answer issues. They to support the are choices doctrine of freedom’s call and restore between preemptive war, this great land. war and a doctrine that peace. They won its popular are choices support in the between expanding the wake of the tragedy on 9/11. coercive power of the state and Uncomfortable honesty is reinstating individual freedom. needed to get our party back They are choices that strike on track. to the deepest core of what The conservative principles of it means to be an American. the Republican Party can solve I believe this race marks a the transcendental problems crossroads for the Republican of our time, but, to do that Party. we must regain our principle Ronald Reagan once said that and remember what got us to political choices in America are power in the first place. not so much choices between Conservative principles the left and the right of the can solve the soaring political spectrum as they deficits, the entitlement are choices between up and strain, the environmental down. “Up”, Reagan said, anxieties, the threat of “to man’s age-old dream, the Islamic fundamentalism, ultimate in individual freedom the erosion of civil liberties, consistent with law and order, the plunging dollar, the or down to the ash heap of immigration quagmire, the totalitarianism.” health care anxieties and the I am a proud member of nervous economy, but, to the Republican Party because do so, Republicans must be we have claimed conservative conservatives again. principles as our guiding Ronald Reagan once said philosophy for more than that freedom is never more a half century, principles I than one generation away from sincerely believe are dedicated extinction. to the pursuit of the vertical He said above all, freedom politics Reagan mentioned, to must be fought for and the narrow road of freedom. defended by each generation, These principles are founded lest we spend our twilight in the Constitution and in the years telling our children and great religious heritage of this grandchildren what it was like nation. to be free in America. These principles affirm that Freedom is at stake in this people are infinitely more election, and I am confident effective at spending their own the Republican Party can once money and planning their own again answer freedom’s call and lives than the monolith of the restore this great land. federal bureaucracy. These principles affirm the Austin Shrum is a freshman wisdom of the founders when from Southlake, Texas. they called for a federal-style government. Seeking Middle Ground is a weekly These principles affirm that face off between College Democrats maintaining a strong national and College Republicans on a topic.

I Public funds should finance political race Benn Stancil Guest columnist

Over the past several months, we have seen one of the most exciting and historic presidential races in recent history with both an African-American and a woman as leading Democratic nominations. However, as the primary season draws on and candidates lacking sufficient funds to continue drop out, the diversity of ideas in the field falls. As a result, voters are no longer seeing new ideas or real debate on how we can address this country’s problems. The amount of money that a candidate can raise is the deciding factor of whether or not he or she can continue campaigning, get press coverage and be a part of televised debates. This system gives those who control campaign contributions an overwhelming amount of control of the candidates and the political process as a whole. The sad truth is that the current U.S. political system is controlled by these wealthy donors and not the voting public. Only one quarter of one percent of Americans donate over $200 to a political campaign, meaning that a select few provide the majority of funds for political campaigns. This means that in order to be a viable and well funded candidate, politicians must appeal to the 0.25 percent of the electorate that can support them, and the voting public as a whole. With a system that relies so heavily on wealthy donors, and where big money special interests can determine who the front-runners are, we can expect new

ideas, diverse policy positions and voter choice to evaporate from the system. Just look at two pressing issues today – health care and Iraq. There are 47 million Americans without health insurance and another 50 million who are underinsured, producing a health care crisis found nowhere else in the industrialized world. The U.S. ranks last amongst other industrialized democracies in terms of health care, yet we pay more per capita on health care than any of these other countries. Solutions to this crisis have been reduced to whether or not the government should make a law requiring citizens to buy private health insurance – a debate that doesn’t address the underlying problem of for-profit health care corporations running our health care system. In 2006, Democrats made gains in both the House and Senate based on promises of ending the war in Iraq. Recent polls show that nearly 70 percent of Americans want the U.S. out of Iraq in a year. Despite these strong public opinions, Democratic voters are left with two frontrunners who have voted in favor of every single war-funding bill, effectively giving the President authorization to continue waging this unpopular war. Candidates who challenged the forprofit health care system and called for an immediate de-authorization of the war (Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson) have either been denied entry to Democratic debates or been forced to drop out due to dwindling campaign funds. Since most of the major political donors benefit from the status quo and

are opposed to new and creative ideas, candidates who challenge the status quo are forced out. There is a solution to this seriously flawed system. For a cost of only $6 per voter, all House, Senate and Presidential races could be fully financed by public funds. With public financing, politicians and the political system would be free from the grips of special interests and wealthy donors. If campaigns continue to funded by private money, then Americans can expect little difference in candidates’ policies, a severe lack of new ideas in government, and a democracy that ignores the voices of women, minorities and low-income working class people. Currently, NC Supreme Court Justices can run campaigns using public funds, and the system has a resounding success. Four of the seven justices won their seats using public funds, and not surprisingly, three of those four are women and one is an African-American. The three Justices that won using private money are all white men. Public financing would work at the national level as well. Barack Obama and John McCain have said that if they receive their party’s nomination, then they will run against each other using only public funds. This is a bold step in the right direction, but until candidates can run competitive campaigns using exclusively public funds, then voters shouldn’t expect to see any real change in Washington. Benn Stancil is a senior economics major from Belmont, N.C.

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“I get e-mails from Barack and his wife.”

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Bipartisanship should be goal of any party Joshua Binney

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here was once a time – not even that long ago – when our republic’s leaders joined together to amicably and equitably resolve their differences for the nation’s greater good. Taking into account “Democrats embrace diversity, equality” (Jan. 31) by Angelique Nolan and Kenneth Strickland on why “Democrats are the best,” these days of cooperation and mutual respect appear to have passed. William F. Buckley, Jr. said that “liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.” Though I would shy away from his generalization about the party as a whole, it would appear that this attitude is exemplified in Nolan and Strickland’s article, in which they claim ad nauseam that the release of the murderer of a homosexual by a jury of peers – of course all juries are composed entirely of conservatives – epitomizes the intolerance of the Republican Party. Toleration of differences is, unbeknownst to them, a double-edged sword. The same toleration that allows homosexuals – or anyone else who adheres to a particular viewpoint or

lifestyle – to express their opinions publicly also victory with decency. That is, and always has protects those who believe differently. been, the American way. It would seem appropriate, Madonna’s great So what is it exactly that the majority of economy with words notwithstanding, to shed Republicans stand for? It certainly isn’t the some light on the more pressing and mature inequality, homophobia and discrimination distinctions that voters have to make this outlined in last week’s article: Quite to the November; those between the contrary, our platform more policy initiatives of the two major than that of our opponents platforms rather than the partisan We (conservatives) look emphasizes, without ramblings of dissentients. equivocation, absolute forward to constructive A political party is supposed equality among citizens. argument and compromise, to serve as an organization to Firstly, we believe in limited for it is through these that a which the dedicated can flock to government and fiscal republic is made strong. collaboratively effect a true and responsibility demonstrated positive change in government; through a decrease in however, it seems today, at least government bureaucracy and among the College Democrats, that it functions an overhaul of our antiquated tax system. As solely as a staging ground for unfounded Winston Churchill said, “we contend that for a personal attacks by the adherents of partisan nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like politics. I think the nation has seen enough of a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift that from both poles of the political spectrum. himself up by the handle.” At times, we think differently on issues; that, We believe in the federalist doctrine that as Abraham Lincoln said, “I suppose is the rub. the people of each state have a primal right It certainly is the only substantial difference to administer their own fealty. Controversial between us.” So rather than degrade the policy social issues, such as homosexual unions, capital priorities of our opponents in the hope of punishment and abortion should be dealt with encouraging divisiveness, it would behoove us to by the individual state legislatures, who certainly attempt to demonstrate the merits of our own know more about their people’s will than the positions, that we might effect a cooperative federal government.

Democrats’ article exaggerates truth

progressive enough to run a woman the streets. Unlike the Democrats’ whose political experience consists of position as advocated by Nolan and eight years of international photo ops Strickland, Republicans like to go off of and an unrelenting defense of an infidel the Court’s decision, be the verdict guilty husband, and a rhetorician whose skin or not guilty, release or no release. Way to color is fuller than his political resume. go Stephen Holler for fighting the good Why aren’t we running Laura Bush, fight for the GOP. GOP? Why?! I’m almost embarrassed to put my name The GOP as a whole believes that “gay on this column. This response is sarcastic, Bryan Davis Keith rights are bulls***.” I can’t top that for childish, and, for lack of a better word, Old Gold & Black columnist eloquence. That’s exactly what the idea of pathetic — I’ll admit it. But after reading few weeks ago in my column states’ rights is, bulls***. Amendment X “Dems” this past week, I don’t feel the “Fox News drops coverage of the U.S. Constitution, which leaves all need to write anything substantive. ball,” (Jan.24) I stated that the powers not explicitly given to the federal Reading this column angered me on Republican Party was struggling to define government to the states, that’s bulls***. one level. I was raised in a Republican itself. That struggle is now over. The learned observations of Justice household that preaches and practices I would like to thank Angelique Scalia, who has for decades of conservative family values. Nolan and Kenneth Strickland, fellow jurisprudence reminded citizens and Equating the values that my family columnists, who did the impossible and politicians alike that the law must reflect lives by to wife beating and intolerance defined the GOP. Reading their column, to a degree general public morality to is uninformed, immature and honestly “Dems embrace diversity, equality,” I was retain legitimacy are bulls***. stupid. I could have written about that, amazed at how clearly the GOP and its Heaven forbid that people in different but I didn’t. current values were reflected. states have different viewpoints on gay I didn’t because reading “Dems” We conservatives certainly are “failing marriage. Shame on conservatives for frustrated me more than anything to realize the system isn’t working.” advocating the rights of each state to else. Columns like “Dems” are why That must be why the party has choose its own viewpoint. substantive political discourse is dead. presidential candidates advocating such “Republicans want men to beat their Instead of taking the opportunity to write drastic changes as the abolition of the wives.” That’s exactly why they failed the in a feature the merits and viewpoint IRS, the construction of long stretches of Matthew Shepherd Act. It had nothing of the DNC, readers were treated to border fence and even, in the case of Ron to do with the fact that hate crime a tired tirade of false stereotypes and Paul, leaving NAFTA. legislation is ignorant of the fact that all inflammatory exaggerations. We are also ignorant of intolerance. crimes, be they committed against white And while this response of mine may Speaking as a white man who is neither people, black people or gay people, are be seen as furthering un-substantive middle-aged nor Protestant, I must actions of hate. commentary, I feel that a sarcastic just not be awake to the oppression of It had nothing to do with the fact response is the only thing capable of myself and my kind by angry old white that distinguishing crimes based on the reaching the mentality that produced last conservatives. orientation or race of their victims is the week’s farce of a Democratic endorsement The GOP has, gasp, four experienced antithesis of equality in criminal justice. and demonstrating how pathetic “Dems” white men running for our presidential As a conservative, I hope my was. nomination. representatives get their act together and To readers looking for substantive The party must be racist and sexist. push to put the “rule of thumb” on the commentary, please allow AAOS 2006 News BW 6.4375x4.5 12/7/05 2:03 PM Page 1 this writer this I mean, what other reason would books, so I can polish off my rod and get indulgence. there be? Why else wouldn’t the GOP abusing. run a woman or minority for office? Most importantly, Republicans believe Bryan Davis Keith is a senior political Hats off to the Democrats, who are that killers should be free and roaming science major from Southern Shores, N.C.

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Conservative positions on these issues would not prevail in a number of states, but that is the nature of a republic. We are representativerepublicans first and conservatives second; we would not presume, as have our opponents, to impose a blanket social policy on an unwilling constituency, but rather to allow the people to tailor their social standards based on the sectional differences that alone are responsible for the diversity praised by Nolan and Strickland. Finally, though it is difficult to do so after these most recent personal attacks, we believe in the integrity of our opposition and the merits of reverential debate and discussion. We look forward to constructive argument and compromise, for it is through these that a republic is made strong. In sum, both political parties need to return to these basic tenets of statesmanship. We must take advantage, rather than disparage, of our differences, because Democrats and Republicans are the flying buttresses of the American political system — without one leaning against the other with impassioned debate and opposition, the entire system would come to nothing. Joshua Binney is a sophomore from Hampden, Mass.

Diligence, maturity work to cure depression Reed Pendergrass Guest columnist

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ost of my time at the university was spent in a deep depression and scrambling to make decent grades. Depressed people don’t scramble well and my GPA is currently 1.72. That’s not to say I didn’t learn anything! I now know that love hurts, most of the time it is better to just go home and masturbate. Smoking complements alcohol. Smoking sucks so much. I love nicotine. NEVER ever bong two Madd Dogs in a half hour. More to the point, I learned what self destruction is. I also know that my time spent at the univeristy has matured me more than I ever thought possible. Curing depression is like swimming up from the bottom of the deep end for that desperate gasp of air … only it takes four months to reach the surface. I went to the bottom of the deep end and came back up. The experience has left me with a perspective on college life and I am going to impose ... now. I am going to punch the next tour guide I hear say that the work load isn’t too bad here. School sucks unless you can convince yourself that it doesn’t. Once you condition yourself to only think about getting the work done, it isn’t

so bad. Every once in a while you will run out of things to do. Then guiltless drinking! Always be aware of what you want and what you need to get done. If you don’t know what you want, relax. It’s college! Jesus, this is starting to sound like a lame cat hanging on a branch poster. I know you might have started reading this because you saw the words masturbate and Madd Dogs but hang in there buddy! If you hate it here, remember each time you get your stupid assignment done and pass a class is one step closer to getting you into the real world. If the real world scares the s*** out of you, think of the endless things you could end up doing. Finding what makes you happy may take years but how can you imagine a life not looking. Please people, stop complaining all the time! What will be, will be and there is so much beauty around you. Any other attitude leads to depression. Sometimes life deals you a crappy hand. You just have to kick your cat, take a deep breath and take little Stewie to the vet. Lastly, I have learned that none of my advice will make an impression on anyone. Emotional maturity takes years of mistakes. Reed Pendergrass is a junior theatre major from Conyers, Ga.

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Wake needs a rival, make it Vanderbilt By Danny Mullins | Contributing writer

By the time this paper is published and put into your hands Duke and Carolina will have played each other in front of a sold out arena full of screaming fans who truly hate the other team. These two teams have hated each other for so long that a win against Duke for Carolina makes any season salvageable. Even as both teams completed their putrid football season, you could tell that when they played each other, the game still mattered. Duke v. Carolina (in basketball) is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. It matches that of Clemson/South Carolina, Alabama/Auburn, Army/Navy or even that of Michigan/Ohio State. Every time these teams get together, it always matters. Thinking about the upcoming Duke/UNC game – which I am sure everyone watched by now and routed that maybe, just maybe, Gerald Henderson would put his forearm back into Tyler Hansborough’s wide open, at all times, mouth – it makes me sick to think that we do not have a true rival at Wake Forest. I watch “Rivalry Week” on ESPN this week and who do we end up playing: Georgia Tech. Who cares!? Georgia Tech is not our rival because they already have a rivalry with Georgia. Where is our rival then? I know people like to think that we have this great rivalry with Duke, Carolina and N.C. State, but I have a secret to tell you: they do not give a crap about us. We could beat Duke 1000 times in a row, but, to their students, one Carolina loss would be more detrimental. Yes, logically, if Duke and Carolina are such great rivals, why don’t we become rivals with the Wolfpack. Well, it just is not that simple. N.C. State and Carolina have been right next to each other for over 150 years and that sort of proximity makes it unlikely that N.C. State will ever forget about UNC. Wake has only been a part of this tobaccofilled region for 50 some odd years since our move from the town of Wake Forest. So, as of now, we just do not have a rival, and it pains me deeply; however, I do have a possible solution. The team I pick to be our rival until the end of time is . . . Vanderbilt. It has to be Vandy, there is just no other team out their that matches up so well with us. It is true that they do not play in the ACC and have never been in the same conference as us, which at first seems problematic, but our schools are just so mind-blowingly similar. Let us compare: Wake Forest is a small private liberal arts college in the southeast which is in a powerful sports conference and does NOT have a RIVAL. Vanderbilt is . . . the exact same thing. People will make the argument that Tennessee and Vandy have a rivalry, but that is just untrue. If anyone has ever watched a Tennessee/Vanderbilt football game, the score is never very close. If Tennessee is not Vanderbilt’s rival, then we could fill that void. As far as I am concerned, the athletic directors at both schools are aware that our two schools could become perfect lifelong rivals. We play them in both football and basketball every year and every year, the games are extremely competitive. The problem is that Wake Forest students still believe that we have this imaginative rivalry with the teams of Tobacco Road and it is time to give it up and focus on despising Vanderbilt with all our hearts. So next time Wake Forest plays Vanderbilt, we need to be prepared to boo the hell out of them. Make their players hate us with a passion. Do anything, safe and sound, to anger the alumni of the Commodores and make them hate the Deacons as much as we are going to hate them. Therefore, if we can complete this task, children of all Wake Forest fans will be born with one single notion, to route against the Vanderbilt Commodores as long as they live. If we can do this, we will finally have a RIVAL!

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Kevin Marion continues to show off his speed, even with the football season well past its conclusion. His personal best time of 21.83 seconds in the 200m dash was good for 6th place in the Gold Division of the Akron Invitational. It was the 8th fastest time in Wake Forest history. Even better was Marion’s performance in the long jump. His leap of 7.35m was second best in school history, and earned him a second place finish at the invite. His star continues to shine after a football season in which he was third on the team with 88.2 all-purpose yards per game, including a 98-yard

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Deacs drop two ACC heartbreakers 13:49 left on the clock, but the Yellow Jackets refused to let this hinder their attack. Going on a 14-0 run, Georgia Tech took the lead away from the Deacons and began an effort to pull away with 11:03 left in the half. From this point the two teams battled under the basket and tied the game five times before the Yellow Jackets took the lead off a threepoint shot by Anthony Morrow which would seal the Deacons fate. Teague’s 19 points lead the Deacons in scoring followed closely by the 18 points of sophomore Harvey Hale. However, the real stats of the game were negative for the Deacs. They had a total of 20 turnovers, including five by Teague and six from sophomore guard Ishmael Smith, and 24 personal fouls which hurt the team in the final minutes of the game. “I think the game was a little more physical than we were used to,” Head Coach Dino Gaudio said. “Our defense was poor this evening and when we needed stops we didn’t get them.”

By Ryan Durham | Senior writer

The Demon Deacons suffered their second heartbreaking loss Feb. 6 falling 89-83 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. This loss came only days after Wake Forest suffered defeat at the buzzer on the road at N.C. State. Despite a relatively slow start the game heated up with nine minutes left in the half. An intentional foul by Tech’s Matt Causey and a subsequent technical foul on freshman Jeff Teague were the harbinger of an extremely physical half. The Deacons committed 12 fouls in the first half and Tech had nine of their own. Despite the spat Wake Forest controlled the tempo of the first half taking the lead three minutes in and not relinquishing it for the rest of the first half. Teague’s foul trouble did not hinder his performance in the first half, recording 12 of his 19 points on the night. This performance helped Wake Forest gain an eight-point halftime lead. The Deacons came out of the locker room strong increasing their halftime lead to 12 points with

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By Bo Wulf | Contributing writer In the dawn of a new era for Wake Forest football where success is not hoped for but expected, those following the program from afar have multiplied across the country. Opponents no longer overlook the team dressed in black and gold, and NFL scouts have begun to recognize future employers among those who don the Wake Forest jersey. Head Coach Jim Grobe has changed the program from a punch line to an assembly line of successful graduates, both on the field and off. The combination of a grueling football schedule and rigorous academic expectations at Wake

Forest prepares the players to achieve their goals long after graduation. The system Grobe has created is one that provides support for players from a variety of places. After his flirtation with the head coaching job at Arkansas that briefly wrenched the hearts of many Deacon fans, Grobe committed to continuing the path he has forged for the foreseeable future. In so doing, he sent the message that Wake Forest is family; a belief held by many with intimate knowledge of the program. “The coaches are all really in tune with the players,” senior safety Aaron Mason said. “Whatever See Football, Page B4

Track runing, jumping into record books By Nick Oliphant | Staff writer

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kickoff return for a touchdown. Although football and track are very different sports, Coach Annie Bennett said, “When you are fast like he is, it only take a couple weeks to get your rhythm back.” Other athletes had breakout performances in Akron, which was the first indoor meet of the 2008 season. Nicole Schappert put her name in the Wake record books with a time of 9:31.86 in the 3000m run. The junior’s time was 8th best in Demon Deacon history and good for second place in the event. Senior Melissa Council sprinted to a third Deacon second place finish at the invite with a time of 55.25 in the 400m dash.

She was just .65 seconds from setting her second Wake Forest record of the season, having already broken the school’s mark in the 55m dash. Molly Kennedy competed well in the Pentathlon, with a third place finish in the 800m run highlighting her third place finish in the overall event. Several other personal bests occurred at the invite. Sophomore Caroline Vaughn completed the 60m hurdles in 8.71 seconds to take second place in the event in the Blue Division. Freshman Greg Billington ran 3000m in 8:25.19 to finish 11th in the Gold Division event. Sophomore Nick Lepley competed in the Blue Division 800m run, fin-

ishing in 6th place with a time of 1:54.62. Coach Bennett was pleased with the first performance of the year. “The coaching staff enjoyed seeing the team’s competitive spirit. They fed off each other’s energy, which aided many of the athletes who set personal bests,” she said. The team hopes to use this strong performance as a springboard the rest of the season, which continues this weekend at the Virginia Tech Elite meet in Blacksburg, Va. The event, which has teams from teh SEC, ACC, and Big 10, will feature some of the top teams in the nation including Penn State, Georgia, Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, Miami and Georgia Tech.

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Sophomore Chas McFarland dribbles the ball during the 89-83 loss to Georgia Tech.

Football nabs 16 in national signing day By Martin Rickman | Staff writer

The Wake Forest Demon Deacon football team inked 16 players in Wednesday’s national signing day. Wake, coming off an impressive Meineke Car Care Bowl victory over the University of Connecticut in December, used this year’s class to reload, focusing primarily on offensive and defensive linemen and linebackers. Head Coach Jim Grobe announced the 16 signees at a press conference Wednesday and stressed the importance of this class being balanced. “The one thing that I like about this class is it’s pretty representative of all the different positions that we need,” Grobe said. “We’ve gotten to the point now where every coach on our staff gets an opportunity to have at least one player at his position. I think we’ve done pretty much everything we needed to do to balance out this class.” This year’s recruiting class ranks 11th in the ACC and 64th overall, according to Scout.com. Miami, Florida State and Clemson headline the ACC recruiting ranks, with the Hurricanes coming in at 3rd overall, the Seminoles 5th and Clemson at 10th. The Deacons’ class includes 12 total players ranked at a 70 grade or higher on ESPN.com. Grobe talked about the recruiting rankings, saying, “I like this class. These are guys that we not only think are really good football players but guys that we think can leave Wake Forest with a degree. It’s a class that we’re excited about. As has happened in the past, we’ll probably be ranked 13th out of 12 ACC teams in recruiting, but I think our guys do a pretty good job of finding good football players.” The Deacs continued to mine the fertile Florida area, with eight of the newest Deacons from the Sunshine State, including six from Jacksonville. Wake will have 28 total players on the 2008 team from Florida and 13 from the Jacksonville area. Headlining the newest players from Florida are inside linebacker Riley Haynes, DT Ramon Booi and QB Ted Stachitas, who all went to Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. Haynes is 6’1” 217 lbs and has been reported as being extremely aggressive, with a pension for finding the ball carrier. He is the brother of current Deacon Hunter Haynes and is was an allconference player in 2006. Booi is a physical monster at DT and is a natural nose tackle. He weighs in at an impressive 340 lbs on his 6’4” inch frame and according to Grobe, has the physical strength to potentially play during the 2008 season. Stachitas is a dual-threat quarterback who can easily beat defenses with both his arm and his legs. Coming in to replace Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow when he left to play for the University of Florida, Stachitas, at 6’3” and 185 lbs, was a second team all-state selection in Class 4A. Wake signed a pair of impressive TEs, Andrew Parker from Bartram Trail High School in Florida. And J.T. Dixon, who had been attending Hargrave Military Academy in Va. The Deacons also brought in some real strength and size on the offensive line, with 6’3”, 314 lb guard Gabe Irby from Habersham Central High School in Gerogia, 6’4”, 310 lb guard Joe Looney from Lake Worth Community High School in Fla., 6’2”, 270 lb center Chance Raines from The Bolles School in Florida, and 6’4”, 316 lb tackle Garrick Williams from Rock Bridge High School in Missouri. These are easily some of the biggest linemen the Deacons have ever brought in and represents the shift from some of Grobe’s first Wake teams. “We’ve evolved into more of a power football team,” Grobe said. “We want the biggest, fastest, strongest guys we can find.” The Deacs certainly have those three things in See Signing, Page B4


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In recent weeks an epidemic has swept through our quaint little university, plaguing the student body and faculty members alike. It has infected many and has increased in strength at a frightening pace. Those fortunate enough to escape its grasp have been forced to seek shelter within the shoddily assembled pillow forts in their dorm rooms, only braving the war-zone that is the Mag Quad for an occasional class and/or over-hyped fraternity party. Everyone is familiar with what I am referencing and know the infected by a single name: Mouth Breathers. Our campus has been overrun by these abominations of society, and I fear their numbers are growing to levels that the university is illequipped to handle. According to a study I made up for this article, 17 percent of the student body is a card carrying Mouth Breather. For those of you who have not left your goose-down Bat Cave since classes started and are using this newspaper as sustenance, it is imperative that you get caught up to speed. They are the kids who always end up sitting next to you in class or across from your study nook in ZSR who prevent you from getting any work done because you can’t not concentrate on the cacophony of gurgles and heaves spilling forth from their food hole. God forbid one of them shows up late for a class on the third floor of Tribble; you might as well cancel class because no one will hear the professor’s lec-

Book Review | A Thousand Splendid Suns

Hosseini matches first novel By Ryanne Wicker Contributing writer

ture on whatever you learn about in classes on the third floor in Tribble (the architectural integrity of poorly-planned buildings?). Mouth Breathers aren’t just a nuisance to myself and other students, they are also hindering the university’s ability to compete among its peers in both the ACC and across the country. Did you know that the Mouth Breathers to total student body ratio factors heavily into the US News & World Report’s college rankings? In the past three years alone its weight in the rankings has moved from No. 27 to No. 4–preceded only by average GPA, best SAT score and number of Chik-Fil-A’s on campus (we’re kicking ass in that category). Make no mistake, we aren’t No. 30 on that list arbitrarily (it’s also not because of our lack of diversity, quit pointing that out). The majority of Mouth Breathers are easy to spot; however, there are many who walk in plain sight unnoticed. But while they lay dormant their snores radiate throughout freshman dorms across campus. These Day Walkers pose an ethical dilemma: Should these people who can function normally in society also be treated with the misplaced disdain we have for other fly catchers? I’d like to think I’m progressive enough to grant them some sort of clemency. They aren’t simply a threat to our humble university. Mouth Breathers are, above all else, a threat to America’s freedom. How do we expect the rest of the world to take us seriously when we appear to be slack-jawed yokels? Is there nothing to be done? In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, Mouth Breathers make our country look just as dumb as misguided, uninformed tirades condemning an entire group of people based off of a single characteristic. You should be ashamed of yourself.

It was with much excitement that I picked up a copy of A Thousand Splendid Suns at the University Bookstore last week. This is the second novel by Afghani a u t h o r Khaled Hosseini, whose first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller. Having been captivated by The Kite Runner, I promptly disregarded my very lengthy to-do list and began reading. Within pages it was clear to me that Hosseini has matched, if not surpassed, the quality of his first novel. I found myself unable to put the book down, and I was completely drawn in to the complex and captivating story that Hosseini weaves throughout the book.

Laila suffer that makes the heaviest impact. Instead it is the strength of their friendship with each other, grief for lost families, love for children and above all else, their conviction to be something greater than just two more women hidden behind heavy burkas that speaks to the reader from every page of the novel. By the end of novel, Hosseini brings his characters full circle in a way that proves the strength of their convictions and their ability to outlast even the most tumultuous of times. During a time when it seems that the only stories coming out of the Middle East are those of fear and death, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a valuable window into a world that is far too often misunderstood. Hosseini’s rich description of Afghani culture presents both the good and the evil, but more importantly it emphasizes that the culture exists. Beneath the war and suffering in the Middle East that dominates the nightly

news in the western world, there are people. There are people who love, who grieve, who laugh, who fear but, most importantly, people who hope. Hosseini’s message is one that every member of the global community should be exposed to: We are far more alike than we are different. A Thousand Splendid Suns is more than just a captivating page-turner, though it is that certainly. It is a work of fiction, but the events that take place provide a window into the world that many Afghani women face every day. By the time readers close the back cover, they have been exposed to a level of knowledge about Afghanistan and its people that cannot be expressed in a 60-second television report. This novel has earned a well-deserved place on my list of favorites and I would strongly recommend it to anyone looking for the lives behind the news stories.

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has McFarland has had a more than impressive season so far. Last year, the freshman played in 15 games and started none. However, as a sophomore this year, McFarland has played in all 22 games, starting 19 of those. He is averaging 7.4 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds, averaging 5.5 per game. Last year, he averaged 0.7

off. McFarland is quickly becoming the team’s go-to guy down low. Constantly improving each game, McFarland looks to only solidify his role as the big man on the team in the future. The Old Gold & Black’s senior writer Ryan Durham sat down with McFarland to talk about what he’s worked on for this season, losing L.D. Williams to injury, meeting anyone of his choice and his favorite game he’s played this season.

On the team this year: I feel like we’re playing a little bit more together this year. We’re working harder at it, so hopefully good things will happen for us. On meeting anybody (dead or alive): I’d probably like to meet my grandparents if I could, because I just never got to meet them. On L.D. Williams being injured: He brings a lot of energy to the whole team.

"We're playing a little bit more together." points per game with 1.6 rebounds per game. With eight more regular season games left on the schedule, McFarland has already played at least five times the minutes that he did as a freshman. It is obvious that McFarland has worked hard during this past off-season and that his commitment to improving has paid

DEAC OF THE WEEK Senior Kevin Marion started the track season off well with his record-setting performance in his first appearance of the 2008 indoor track season. Marion, from St. Petersburg, Fla., registered the second longest jump in Wake Forest program history during the Akron open. His jump was registered at a mark of 7.35m. Marion Marion recently finished his collegiate football career as a starting wide receiver for the Demon Deacon football team with two catches for six yards in the Deacs’ 24-10 victory over Connecticut. He also ran a personal best in the 200m dash at the Akron open. His 21.83 mark was the eighth best finish in school history. 2006 was Marion’s first season competing on the track team. After coming over from football he ran the anchor leg of the 4x100m relay team that set a new school record en route to winning the event at the ACC Championships (39.62). He also finished second in the 200m dash at the conference championships and fourth in the 100m dash.

On not playing basketball at Wake: If I wasn’t playing basketball at Wake right now, I’d probably just be going to school somewhere and trying to get my education. On his favorite game this season: My favorite game would have to be against Virginia Tech. It was the first ACC game I got to play in and was able to make an impact in, and we got a win.

He’s a great defensive player and he contributes to offense too. He’s a great loss, but hopefully we’ll have him back here pretty soon so we can bring that energy back that he has. On how he’s improved this year: I’ve just been working really hard on improving my strength, skills and rebounding. I’ve just tried to focus on everything.

DEACON NOTES Palmer given lifetime achievement award by GCAA Arnold Palmer was honored with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Palmer became only the third non-coach inducted. During his time at Wake Forest, Palmer was a two-time NCAA medalist in both 1948 and 1949. He has received countless honors, but perhpas the most significant came in 2004 when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. The GCAA’s main event, The Palmer Cup presented by Monster, is named in Palmer’s honor. The event pits the top college players in the United States against those in Europe.

Four Deacs named to All-ACC football squad Four members of the Wake Forest football team were named to the All-ACC Academic

team. Four is the most Deacs named to the team since Wake had the same number on the 1995 squad. The four Demon Deacons include offensive tackle Louis Frazier, quarterback Riley Skinner, defensive end Jeremy Thompson and tight end Ben Wooster. Frazier has earned All-ACC Academic honors for the third consecutive year. Thompson is on the team for the second time in his career, while Wooster and Skinner are first time-members of the team. To be eligible for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during his academic career.

Tennis and Basketball players earn ACC weekly honors Freshman guard Jeff Teague has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week. This is the second time he has earned the honor. Teague, from Indianapolis, Ind., averaged 22.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per

game in the Deacons’ two contests last week. He scored a season-high 27 points (the most for any Deacon player this season) in Wake Forest’s 70-68 defeat of Miami on Tuesday. Tennis player Sasha Kulikova has been selected ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles action against No. 16 Tennessee and Penn State. In a 4-3 upset victory over the ranked Tennessee Vols, Kulikova joined teammate Alex Hirsch at the No. 1 flight for the lone win in doubles play with an 8-6 triumph over the nation’s No. 2 tandem in Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor.

Lady Deacon golfers excel in amateur events Freshman Allie Bodemann posted top 10 and top 20 finishes while fellow freshman Natalie Sheary and junior Nannette Hill posted top 20 finishes in amateur tournaments over the winter break. Bodemann finished fifth in the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur at the Oceanside Country Club in Ormand Beach, Fla.


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Despite tough play, Lady Deacs lose two

The Deacs could not topple No. 3 UNC; record falls to 0-9 in the ACC. By Andrew LeRay | Staff writer

The struggles continue for the Lady Deacs basketball team, as they have yet to earn a victory against conference foes. Wake Forest dropped two more ACC matchups against UNC-Chapel Hill on Jan. 31 and Clemson on Feb. 3. With five more games remaining on the schedule, the Lady Deacs will try to string together a late season run heading into the conference tournament. Wake Forest hosted the No. 3 UNC Tarheels on Jan. 31, only to fall by a score of 76-56. To the credit of the Lady Deacs, they played tough against a hungry Tarheels team, who had labored in a recent loss to No. 1 Connecticut and a double-overtime victory over then No. 4 Maryland. Wake Forest held the lead three different times in the first half against the Tarheels, but they fell behind for good after a steal and breakaway layup by freshman guard Cetera DeGraffenreid gave UNC a 25-24 lead. The game was still within reach at halftime with the score 37-30 in favor of the Heels. UNC opened the second half with a relentless attack and expanded the lead to 51-37 with 15 minutes left to play. Senior forward LaToya Pringle led the Tarheels in scoring with 23 points, and DeGraffenreid added 15 points to aid in the Tarheel victory. “We just need to start making shots,” said junior forward Corinne Groves. “Our shot selection is good but we need to start scoring

Game of the Week Men’s basketball vs. Virginia 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 LJVM Coliseum

The 13-8 Demon Deacons take on the 11-9 Virginia Cavaliers in a matchup that could have an impact on the ACC standings. The Deacons are one of seven teams in the middle of the pack vying for an opening-day bye in the ACC Tournament that will be held March 13-16 in Charlotte, N.C. This is the only meeting between Wake Forest and Virginia in men’s basketball this season. Last season, the Deacs and Cavaliers split their season series, with each team successfully defending their home court. The Cavaliers won 88-76 in Charlottesville, Va. while Wake Forest spoiled a chance for Virginia to earn the top seed in the ACC Tournament by defeating the Hoos 78-72 on Senior Day. The Deacs lost two close games this week against N.C. State and Georgia Tech. They fell to the 8th spot in the ACC with a record of 3-5. Against the Cavs the Deacs will look to start a new home winning streak. The game will be televised on the East Coast on ABC affiliates.

more. We also need to step up our defensive intensity.” Groves led the way for the Deacs, pouring in 16 points. Junior guard Alex Tchangoue added 14 of her own points, but it was not enough to overcome 22 Wake Forest turnovers, a stat that has haunted the Lady Deacs in league play. The Deacs traveled to Clemson on Feb. 3 in hopes of getting their season back on track. Instead, they were turned away by the Tigers, losing on the road 66-46. The injury bug found its way into the Deacon locker room, as Wake Forest had only nine healthy players for the contest. Freshman forward Brittany Waters was still undergoing tests after her on-court collapse during the game against UNC. Sophomore guard Tiffany Roulhac is out for the season after suffering a concussion during the game against Florida State on Jan. 17, and freshman guard Camille Collier sat with a stress fracture. Their absences were immediately apparent, as Clemson jumped out to a 43-22 halftime lead, and they never looked back. Freshman guard Kirstyn Wright led the way for Tigers, scoring 12 points in 23 minutes, while shooting 4-6 from three-point range. Tchangoue and Groves were the high scorers for the Deacs again, scoring 17 and 14 points respectively. “We need to finish .500 to make it into postseason play, which means winning three of our next five,” said Groves. “It’s difficult because everyone needs to play positions they’re not used to.” The Lady Deacons return to action at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 as they try to snap their losing streak against Virginia Tech at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum.

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Freshman guard Camille Collier makes a pass in a recent game. Collier is one of many Lady Deacs battling injury, as she recently suffered a stress fracture.

Scoreboard Wake in the Ranks Women’s basketball standings 1. North Carolina 2. Maryland 3. Virginia 4. Boston College 5. Duke 6. Georgia Tech 7. Florida State 8. Clemson 9. N.C. State 10. Miami 11. Virginia Tech 12. Wake Forest

ACC 7-0 8-1 5-1 5-2 5-2 5-3 4-3 3-5 2-5 1-6 0-8 0-9

All 20-2 24-2 17-5 17-5 16-6 18-4 14-8 10-13 14-8 8-14 13-10 13-11

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

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

Men’s basketball standings All 4-0 3-0 1-0 4-1 3-1 3-1 3-1 2-1 2-1 1-1 1-3 0-2

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

ACC 8-0 6-2 5-3 4-3 5-4 4-4 4-4 3-5 3-5 3-6 2-6 1-6

All 20-1 21-2 15-8 16-5 14-9 15-7 11-10 13-8 12-9 14-10 15-7 11-9

ACC Leaderboard Women’s basketball Points/g

1. Brittany Cook (Virginia Tech) 2. Kadijah Whittington (N.C. State) 3. Monica Wright (Virginia) 4. Janie Mitchell (Georgia Tech) 5. Kristi Toliver (Maryland)

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Women’s tennis National Rank

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

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Men’s basketball Rebounds/g

1. Tyler Hansbrough (North Carolina) 2. J.J. Hickson (N.C. State) 3. James Johnson (Wake Forest) 4. Trevor Booker(Celmson) 5. James Gist (Maryland)

Mosolova

Hansbrough

10.4 8.4 8.3 8.1 7.9

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Students play in a recent indoor soccer game. Despite a confusing schedule, participation is at a record high.

The intramural basketball and indoor soccer seasons have hit their mid-season stride, and both players and officials are falling into their comfort zones. There are more teams than ever before participating this year. With the academic calendar and spring break throwing the intramural schedules into confusion, it is imperative that teams who paid their money and signed up to play attend their games! If a team forfeits a game, it is ineligible to participate in the playoffs, which will commence after we return from spring break. If you feel that your team will not be able to field enough players by game time, please contact T.J. Peele in the afternoon in order to give everyone plenty of notice. You may be granted a default, which is similar to a forfeit but does not count toward elimination from the playoffs.

Also, teams for both basketball and indoor soccer are reminded that they may have only two players from a club team on a roster. Please keep in mind that the roster is the official list of players for the entire season, not just the list of players participating in one specific game. Intramural Basketball Official of the Week: Ryan Wilson Indoor Soccer Official of the Week: Jen Ratliff


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Signing: Deacons defeat Badgers, 4-3 Deacs add new players By LK Davey | Staff writer

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physical gifts from recruits like Terence Davis, from Snellville, Ga., and killer speed from players like Lovell Jackson, an extremely explosive back from Plant Senior High School in Florida. Wake got some more help on defense, with DEs Derricus Ellis, brother of Deacon Chantz McClinic, out of Rome, Ga., and Kevin Smith from Plano, Texas, who decommitted from Louisiana Tech before signing as a Demon Deacon. There are also another pair of linebackers including middle linebacker Scott Betros from Jacksonville — the 26th best linebacker prospect according to Scout.com — and Joey Ehrmann, an outside linebacker from Baltimore. Both linebackers have been heralded for their playmaking ability, but most notably for the fact that they play mistake-free football, a trait that is a premium on Jim Grobe’s football teams. The lone Demon Deacon recruit from North Carolina is CB Kenny Okoro, a Greensboro native who the team sees as a great cover guy. He is a 4.0 student at Dudley High School and also runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash. He really does everything on the football field — plays receiver, returns punts, kickoffs, covers kickoffs and plays corner. Looney, Williams, Dixon and Raines have already enrolled at Wake Forest and will participate in spring drills. “Sometimes it doesn’t look like we’re beating too many people on some kids but it’s because we had them here at summer camp, got early commitments and closed them out,” Grobe said. “We’re getting better players. I don’t think there’s any question.” With the Deacons’ success, including an ACC Championship and Orange Bowl appearance last season and a bowl win this season, the hard-fought recruiting battle has started to fall in Wake’s favor and there is no question that the newest Demon Deacons would love to bring the team another ACC Championship soon.

Fueled by a raucous home crowd, the No. 15 men’s tennis team pulled out a narrow 4-3 victory over the No. 27 Wisconsin Badgers Feb. 3 at the Wake Forest Indoor Tennis Center. The Deacons got off to a fast start in the doubles matches. Wake’s No. 21 ranked pair of junior Cory Parr and sophomore Steve Forman got their first win of the season by defeating Wisconsin’s No. 42 ranked team of Moritz Baumann and Nolen Polley 8-3 at the No. 2 doubles position. Sophomore Andrew Brasseaux and freshman Iain Atkinson clinched the doubles point for the Deacs with an 8-3 win at the No. 3 position over Wisconsin’s Peter Marrack and Michael Dierberger. The No. 45 ranked pair of junior Carlos Salmon and senior Mariusz Adamski completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win at the No. 1 position against Wisconsin’s No. 26 ranked team of Jeremy Sonkin and Luke Rassow-Kantor. The singles matches however would be far more highly contested. Wisconsin got on the board by virtue of Marek Michalicka’s 6-3, 6-2 victory over Atkinson at the No. 4 singles position. The Deacons responded through freshman Jon Wolff ’s 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 5 singles position. However, none of the other matches would come easy for either team. Wake’s Adamski took on Sonkin at the No. 3 position. Adamski stole the first set 6-4 with a scintillating stretching drop volley on set point. The second set was a battle of breaks as both players struggled to hold serve. Sonkin had the set on his racket, serving up a break at 5-4, but Adamski rallied to win the next three games, breaking his opponent at love in the final game to win the set and the match 6-4, 7-5, and put the Deacons up 3-1. A Wake Forest victory was far from assured at this point. Parr, the No. 64 ranked singles player, struggled early in the No. 1 singles position against No. 39 ranked Moritz Baumann losing the first set 6-3. Parr managed to claw his way back into the match by winning the second set 6-4. However in the end Moritz proved to be too much, winning the final set 6-3 for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win that narrowed the overall match score to 3-2. With the match coming down to the wire, the crowd grew even more vociferous. Sophomore Jason Morgenstern played a grinding match

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Junior Cory Parr follows through on a serve during his Feb. 3 match against the Wisconsin Badgers. Parr lost his singles match in three sets. against the Badger’s Felipe Bellido at the No. 6 singles position. Morgenstern prevailed 6-4 in a tight first set that featured many long rallies. In the second set, Morgenstern managed to go up a break at 4-2, but Bellido promptly broke back and evened score at 4-4. After a hold to go up 5-4, Morgenstern earned a match point on Bellido’s serve and hit a lob over Bellido’s head to win the match 6-4, 6-4 and earn the clinching fourth point for the Deacs. “I looked over and saw that the score was 3-2 so I knew that I could clinch the match for us,” Morgenstern said. “It felt great to see the lob drop in.”

Wisconsin picked up a consolation point with a 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6) win by the No. 100 ranked Polley over the No. 91 ranked Forman at the No. 2 singles position. Wake Forest’s win improved to 3-0 in the spring season and provided the confidence that they will need when they take on No. 3 ranked Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio on Feb 8. “Wisconsin is a great Big 10 team and so is Ohio State, so this win was really huge for us,” Morgenstern said. The Deacs will play at Ohio State on Feb. 8 and at Virginia Commonwealth on Feb. 10 before returning home to take on East Tennessee State and Brown on Feb. 16.

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we need on or off the field, they’re there for us. That’s just the way we are as a team, it’s a family.” “From the moment you come to Wake Forest, everything is a family environment,” former Deacon defensive tackle Jamil Smith said, who is now working for Wachovia in Charlotte. As the patriarch of the Wake Forest football family, Jim Grobe can be proud that his “children” are making their marks post-graduation in an assortment of careers. No More Rest on Sundays There are currently 14 Wake Forest graduates on NFL rosters, 11 of whom are products of the Grobe era. Last year’s ACC Championship team alone produced Bears safety Josh Gattis, Seahawks practice squad offensive guard Steve Vallos, injured Texans converted fullback Jon Abbate and Chargers linebacker Jyles Tucker. And the influx is not stopping any time soon. At least three of this year’s seniors are rated to be future National Football League players by NFL draft experts Scouts Inc.; Two of those Deacons, All-America center Steve Justice and defensive end Jeremy Thompson, are projected to be fringe firstday draft picks. In addition, a slew of underclassmen also seem to have a shot at playing on Sundays, including second team All-ACC linebacker Aaron Curry, firstteam all-ACC redshirt junior cornerback Alphonso Smith, redshirt junior kicker Sam Swank, redshirt junior safety Chip Vaughn and ACC rookie of the year and redshirt freshman running back Josh Adams. Without the resources to consistently haul in toprated recruits, how is it that Wake Forest continues to feature talent in such demand? “The biggest thing is they harp on character,” Justice said, recently named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. “Going into the NFL, they’ve given me the abilities and the frame of mind that if you work hard, they’ll keep you around. And no matter what happens with football, I’ll have a great head on my shoulders.” Justice also pointed out the ability of the coaches to identify lesser-rated recruits with hidden potential, mentioning redshirt sophomore quarterback Riley Skinner and redshirt senior kick returner Kevin Marion as two players with little Division I interest coming out of high school who have turned into successful college players. Unlike traditional powerhouses such as Miami that hold two or three pro-days a year, Wake Forest’s practice field is welcome to NFL scouts every day. Everything is open to the scouts, including access to tapes from each of this season’s games. “(The scouts) come in, they watch film and get to know the coaches on a more personal level,” senior running back De’Angelo Bryant said. “Sometimes they’re on the practice field briefly to look at some of the players who actually have a shot to play at the next level.” “I think the open-door policy is a great policy because it continues that welcoming feeling of Wake Forest,” Smith said. Perhaps it all relates back to the family atmosphere. After all, a proud parent wants to show off his child any chance he gets. There is much more to

the player-coach relationship at Wake Forest than developing talent on the field. “The staff does a really good job of getting the best out of us,” Bryant said. “Some coaches only know their athletes as being football players and not student-athletes … Not our coaches.” Assistant Athletic Director of Football Bill Faircloth, or “Big Daddy” as known by the players, is a former Wake Forest football team captain and AllACC Academic selection. When asked why Wake Forest football graduates are so well prepared for life after college, Faircloth said, “They’re on the field with the best players in the country on Saturday, but they’re in the classroom with the best students in the country Monday through Friday.” The Balancing Act As successful as the team has become in producing professional talent, the majority of Demon Deacon players will never see the football field after college. Considering there are more than 8,000 Division IA college football players every year, and only about 250 slots in each year’s NFL draft, the chances of playing at the highest level are quite slim. Then consider the pool of players from other divisions, and the fact that only about two-thirds of those players end up sticking on rosters and the odds become miniscule. Therefore, the development of student-athletes as students is just as critical, if not more so, as their improvement on the field. In this capacity, Wake Forest thrives. According to a study by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, Wake Forest has the fourth-best graduation rate for football players among teams scheduled to play a bowl, trailing only Boston College, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. Wake Forest is second in graduation rate among AfricanAmerican football players. In fact, all but one member of last year’s ACC Championship seniors graduated on time. Many have already begun successful paths. Aside from Smith, Dan Callahan is an account coordinator selling advertisements for Fox News in New York City; Napolean Sykes is teaching high school English and coaching football in Charlotte; Johnny Edwards is attending graduate school at Wingate; and Arby Jones is attending graduate school at Winthrop. “Coach is very big on academics,” Callahan said. “Obviously he wants his players to succeed when college and football are over. Guys like myself who weren’t as gifted athletes, the fact that I was able to go to Wake and be successful … (Coach Grobe) sees the big picture. He’s not using the athlete just for football, he wants you to be successful when its over with.” “Coach Grobe and his staff are the reason that many of us go on and get into successful careers,” Smith said. “They actually encourage our academics as well as our athletic development here at Wake Forest.” Players agree that one of the most useful skills they acquire after four or five years of life as a student-athlete is time management. “You have to have great time management,” Mason said. “And playing a sport in college forces you to have that. If you didn’t have it when you came here, you’ll definitely have it by the time you leave.” “You just have to get into the mindset to treat school the same way you treat football,” Bryant said.

“The same way I would put in time and effort on “She’s probably one of those people that you have the field and study film is equivalent to the same a love/hate relationship with,” Bryant said. amount of time reading a book for class. Life as “She really pushes you where if you don’t want a student athlete is pretty rough, especially here to do something, she’ll make you do it. But when where the professors expect a lot out of you … so you look back on it in the long run, you really you really have to push the boundaries in order to appreciate the type of things that she’s done for be successful in the classroom.” you over the years. The student athlete services Hunter Willard is the person who helps those are definitely one of those things where if you’re boundaries be pushed. “The lack of time makes not taking advantage of the opportunities they’re everything more difficult,” Willard, the academic giving you, you have to be pretty silly.” counselor for the football team, said. Willard’s contact with football players begins in “It makes it more difficult to talk to Mom, talk to their recruitment. your professor, be social, even to sleep. Indeed, the When the staff targets a player, they run the typical day for a Wake Forest football player begins transcript by Willard to see if the person will be a with a 6 a.m. workout, followed by class and then good fit for Wake Forest. Willard insists that she football practice. Players often don’t return home tells recruits the truth; that in order to graduate until more than 12 hours after their day began. from Wake Forest, you’re going to have to work “You really notice it when after practice you’re your butt off. exhausted and you go home and have to study “The whole time they’re here, the goal is prepafor an exam the next day,” senior tight end John ration for the future” Willard said. “It’s planning Tereshinski said. now to prepare for later.” “But you can’t go wrong with the education Wake For Willard, there is one day every year that proves gives you.” just how fulfilling her job is. Those players interviewed pointed to offensive “Graduation is the most rewarding thing” she tackle Louis Frazier as the model of what one person said. can accomplish as a student-athlete. A senior, Frazier “It’s my Orange Bowl.” has been the team’s starting left tackle all season, a And one look around her office confirms that position often considered the most important on graduation is the ultimate goal. Willard has framed the line. But Frazier’s accomplishments reach far photos of all five graduating classes of football playbeyond the football field. ers that have passed through under her watch. She According to Willard, Frazier was recently even bought a pin that says “the tassel is worth the accepted to the Wake Forest Medical School and hassle” as a quick reminder to the players that the received the VP scholarship which is a full scholar- work they do now will pay off in the long run. ship and stipend awarded to two underrepresented Mason can attest to the helpful guidance Willard students of medicine each year. Frazier is also a has imparted. The senior safety came to Wake Forest member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national with dreams of being a veterinarian, but the lack leadership society. Fellow teammate Ben Wooster of time afforded to a student-athlete caught up to was recently named a member Mason and he realized that it of the society as well. was unrealistic to continue as In addition, Frazier was “Grobe and his staff are the rea- a Biology major. recently named an ESPN MagWillard told Mason to take son that many of us go on and azine Academic All-American, advantage of the school’s get into successful careers.” the only ACC player to be recresources, and go to career serognized this year and the first vices to find out more about Jamil Smith Demon Deacon since Aubrey the other departments. As a Former football player Currie in 1959. result, Mason is now on track Callahan, who hosted Frazier to graduate in the spring with on his official visit when he was a GPA above 3.0 and a degree a prospective recruit, said, “Louis is one of a kind. in communications with a minor in sociology, and He’s a smart kid with a great personality, and he plans to go to graduate school for criminal justice works hard. He’s definitely a success story.” near his home in Kentucky. The Diploma Hunter “I think, as an athlete, it’s kind of hard to swalIf Coach Grobe is the father of the Wake Forest low that you may not be able to do something at football family, then Hunter Willard is the mother that particular time,” Mason said. who makes sure her children eat their vegetables “Hunter in the academic office, they pushed me, and brush their teeth. but it’s up to the individual to make the final deciBut she looks at herself in a more horizontal sion of what you’re going to do, and for me, failure role. is not an option. It’s a great resource … They’re “I like to think of myself as the hyphen between great people in there and they’re always willing to the student and the athlete” the small but forceful lend a helping hand.” Willard said, when asked to describe her role. Not So Long Gone A 2002 Wake grad with a double major in sociolThe post-interview scene in the Student-Athlete ogy and health and exercise science, Willard fills Services offices is one of joy and excitement. Wachomany needs for the players, from arranging study via employee Jamil Smith has stopped by to say hall to providing counsel on tough decisions. hello and there is a crowd of six women around “My role is to help them navigate the system,” him, eyes glued to his new businessman look. the Charlotte native said. “Jamil is our hugger,” Willard said, as she disapBut don’t dare think for a second that Willard pears into his arms. and those in her office are doing anything underAs the crowd disperses so that Smith can be interhanded. “They’re earning the same degree I earned,” viewed, he asks one of the ladies how her family is she said. “And they’re going to earn it, because I doing, and she says that they’re doing well. earned it.” “Family. That’s what it’s all about,” he said.


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Men: Yellow jackets sting Deacs at home Women’s tennis upsets Vols, 4-3 Continued from Page B1

By LK Davey | Staff writer

The women’s tennis team made an amazing comeback Feb. 3 against the University of Tennessee Volunteers at the WFU Indoor Tennis Center. The singles players for Wake were, in order: senior Alex Hirsch, sophomore Sasha Kulikova, juniors Christian Tara and Sierra Poske, and freshhmen Emilee Malvehy and Katarina Reveche. The Lady Deacons finished the matches Malvehy (3-6, 2-6), Tara (6-0, 7-6 (7-5)), Poske (6-1, 6-3), Kulikova (6-2, 2-6, 6-1), Reveche (Clinching Match, 6-7 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)) and Hirsch (6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-7). The doubles teams were, in order: Hirsch with Kulikova, Tara with Poske and Malvehy with senior Jenna Loeb. The doubles matches finished Malvehy with Loeb (4-8), Tara with Poske (Clinching Match, 6-8) and Hirsch with Kulikova (8-6). Although the Wake Forest doubles team of Tara and Poske lost their match, they were both victorious in their singles matches. Doubles Hirsch and Kulikova came up big for the Lady Deacons when they downed second-ranked Tennessee tandem of sophomores Caitlin Whoriskey and Zsofia Zubor 8-6. Kulikova went on to win her singles match and although Hirsch did not win it was a tough match with a tie-break in the first set. At this point, the match was tied at 3-3 with only the singles match of Wake’s Reveche and Tennessee freshman Rosalia Alda left to play. This match would either extend the Lady Vols streak to 5-0, or mark the Deacs’ first upset of 2008. Alda opened with a 7-4 tiebreaker to take the first set 7-6, but Reveche countered with a 6-3 win to take the contest to a third and final set. The players exchanged games but it was eventually Reveche who clinched the 7-6 win with a 7-4 tiebreaker. This finished the match with the Deacons victorious at 4-3.The victory puts the Women’s tennis team record at 2-1. Kulikova, from Moscow, Russia, was honored as the ACC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for going 2-0 against both the Nittany Lions and the Volunteers. The Demon Deacons will have nearly two weeks off from competition before they host Notre Dame 922921_Intern_Wake 1/17/08 11:00 AM Page and Indiana on Feb. 22 and 23.

Before their loss to Georgia Tech the Deacs traveled to N.C. State to try and gain their first ACC road win of the season. Wake Forest jumped out to a quick lead, out scoring the Wolfpack 10-5 in the first four minutes of the game. The Deacs extended their lead to as many as nine points in the first half and went into the locker room with a seven-point lead in the low-scoring game. Smith was a large part of Wake Forest’s first half lead. He scored 10 points and had 5 rebounds in the first half. Teague also came up big for the Deacs with nine points and three steals. The Deacons’ defense was strong in the first half, keeping the Wolfpack at only 30 percent shooting from the field and 18.2 percent from behind the arc. Wake Forest, on the other hand, shot 40 percent from behind the arc and 35.3 percent overall. The chances of a Deacon road win looked good for most of the first half. Wake Forest continued to keep N.C. State at arm’s length for most of the half, but foul trouble for both sophomore center Chas McFarland and especially Teague hurt the Deacons down the stretch. “Jeff (Teague)’s situation hurt us,” Gaudio said. “He was shooting the ball really well when he got his fourth foul with about 10 minutes to play and we had to sit him down. Having him on the bench hurt us.” With 2:56 left in the game, N.C. State managed their first lead of the game off a dunk by J.J. Hickson. The Wolfpack was able to increase their lead to three points. With only a few seconds left in the game, Smith hit yet another clutch jumper to tie the score at 65-65. It looked as though the game would go into overtime, but the Wolfpack’s Ben McCauley missed a three-point attempt off the rim and tipped it into the basket as time expired to give N.C. State the win. Overall, Teague lead the team with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists, but it was not enough to give Wake Forest the win. The Deacs next play host to Virginia Feb. 9 and currently sit at 13-8 and 3-5 in the ACC. “I’m disappointed we lost,” Gaudio said. “But now we have to bounce back Saturday 1 against UVA.”

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Freshman Jeff Teague takes it to the basket against several Gerogia Tech defenders in the Deacon’s 89-83 loss. Teague had a team high 19 points.

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YO HOLLYWOOD, WE WANT OUR TV BACK By Ellen Hart | Staff writer As of Feb. 7, the Writers Guild of America’s strike has been pushing on, much to viewer’s frustration, for 13 weeks and three days. We all know the devastating effects this has had on the networks, forcing them to choke out more and more reality shows, but what does this really mean for our coveted study breaks? Will the discount popcorn sit sadly on our shelves? Will prime time be passed in lonely dejection and better time management? What’s your favorite show? There should be a class on this. Really, it’s an interesting phenomenon. Each show has experienced its own form of consequences. Fox: Where in the world is Jack Bauer?

In mid-January, Fox’s 2008 schedule opened with the series premiere of Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles closely followed by American Idol. New episodes of the popular medical show House began January 22. But what happened to Bauer? Day seven of 24 is actually being tremendously delayed, due to what appears to be simply the nature of the show. A story that is supposed to take place during the course of 24 hours in one season cannot afford to risk any interruptions. ABC: Lost saves struggling station

It’s a different story with ABC’s Lost. This time, the nature of the story actually works to its advantage. Anybody who has seen Lost knows that it is not like other shows, so it isn’t as harmed by the writers strike like other series. Fortunately, this show actually has eight scripts up its sleeve. Even better, since ABC is currently otherwise devoid of popular shows, Lost can claim the best time slot possible, further improving its chances. And with all this available time, why not also air all the previous seasons as well and give new audiences a chance to catch up? The fan base would swell enormously. Because Lost is a continuing story, it is in a unique position so that airing old episodes might actually be beneficial. ABC is otherwise in bad shape. Essentially the only shows it has lined up are Lost, Dancing with the Stars, The Bachelor, Wife Swap and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. All things considered, that’s not very impressive. NBC: The "Biggest Loser"

NBC isn’t faring much better. One might even go so far as to say that it is the worst off of all the major networks, with essentially only The Apprentice, Dateline and American Gladiators to offer. The new edition of the American Gladiators program turned out to be a big disappointment for those who followed the original series which ended its seven year run in 1996.

Reality TV 101

Now let’s examine all those reality shows. Will they ever stop? Probably not. It’s a genius money making strategy as long as the premise is nice and addictive and it appeals to our emotions, dreams and sense of humor. You don’t need a script (well, ideally there is no script), most of the time it’s fairly inexpensive (of course with a few notable exceptions) and people love it. The rough formula is very simple: just hook some annoying people up to various surveillance devices, throw them in a strange situation where they have to work together or fight each other or some combination of both and let them have at it. It’s sadistic, it’s mind-numbing, it’s fun and it’s WGA strike-free. We all grew up watching them. It all started with The Real World, a gratuitous and delicious display of vanity at its finest. Then it was Survivor, am I right? The phrase “voted off the island” became part of everyday speech. Producers are evidently becoming inspired by the big reality shows of today such as American Idol and their resilience to the writers strike. So we’re getting a flood of reality shows this season filling the empty time slots. Now, to each his own, but I would advise caution when putting yourself under the addictive power of one of these shows. Not all of them are particularly good. My guess is they’re just taking advantage of this tremendous opportunity, and the quality is going to plummet. Your best bet in reality show programming would be to tune into Bravo’s Project Runway which boasts fascinating contestants, high fashion and unique challenges. MTV, which has shifted from music videos to reality shows, offers its latest edition of The Real World-Road Rules Challenge: the Gauntlet III, which will please fans of prior editions. You can also view reruns of many of MTV’s nauseating shows including Life of Ryan, Making the Band and Randy Jackson’s new show, America’s Best Dance Crew. The End is Near?

I’d like to wrap this up on a hopeful note, however. Recently it has been rumored that negotiations between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is progressing. There may be a tentative agreement that would allow shows to begin airing new episodes as early as March. Again, this is uncertain, but major news networks are reporting that most of the obstacles barring negotiations, such as Internet revenue, have been overcome–so we really may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Concert Review | Matchbox Twenty

Rock staple from adolescence continues to please fans By Connor Swarbrick Asst. sports editor

A friend and I recently made the short journey down I-85 to Charlotte to watch the band that produced the first CD I owned. That band, Matchbox Twenty, has remained one of my favorite groups despite its long hiatus for its members to explore solo careers. Their first CD, Yourself or Someone Like You (1996), produced numerous hits and is still one of the best CDs I have ever listened to. When we arrived at Cricket Arena it was clear that the venue itself would provide as nostalgic an atmosphere as the ‘90s hits that we had come to enjoy. We were told that the arena was built in 1955 and its 9,000 seats made it the largest unsupported steel dome in the world at the time. The age of the typical fan also enhanced the atmosphere of nostalgia. After driving around for a full hour searching for something to eat and an elegant chicken nugget dinner at the golden

arches we missed the opening act, Mute Math, which only played a four-song set. McDonald’s was likely a better way to spend that time anyway. Before Rob Thomas and company took the stage, Alanis Morissette began the night of nostalgia with her 1998 single “Uninvited.” The 33-year-old’s voice was strong and dynamic and needed no backing aids or vocalists. She engaged the crowd when she went on to play some of the songs that unknowingly grace many college students’ iPods including “All I Really Want,” “Ironic” and “You Oughta Know.” She also unveiled her new single, “Underneath.” Her performance certainly did seem like an “act.” She was wild and lacked stage presence. Morissette was undoubtedly most comfortable with a guitar or harmonica in hand. After a short delay and the purchase of my Matchbox Twenty concert T-shirt, the main attraction bounded onto the stage sing-

ing their newest hit single “How Far We’ve Come.” Rob Thomas explained to the lively crowd that the show would, as it should, feature music rather than production. The band, on only their forth show after a five year hiatus had left part of a broken lighting rig in Atlanta. The group fired off hit after hit but kept it interesting by varying songs slightly. “If You’re Gone,” for instance, was more mellow and lead guitarist Kyle Cook sang lead during part of another song. The set list included over two hours of hits such as “Unwell,” “3 AM,” “Disease,” “Real World,” “Bright Lights” and “Long Day” with Thomas commanding the stage and keeping the audience on their feet the entire time. The performance, however, was not flawless. During “I Believe You Will,” guitarist Paul Doucette left the stage repeatedly in search of an in-tune acoustic guitar with all of its strings intact. After the third attempt he slung his guitar off the side of the stage,

breaking it, and plopped down next to the baby grand piano. Thomas kept the mood light and addressed it afterward, turning into an impromptu blues jam. “We’re so transparent,” Thomas said. “We promise every time we mess up we’ll give you a blues jam.” After a 22-song set from all four of their CDs, we couldn’t conceive what else Matchbox Twenty could play for an encore. But, like on all of their CDs, the memorable lyrics kept on coming. They came out to an arena lit solely by waving cell phones with screaming fans and concluded the nostalgic evening with “Soul” and “Push.” Fans, myself included, were left amazed by the ability of Thomas and company to reinvent themselves while still letting the crowd sing the familiar words. We were all left wondering when the next album would drop and a show would follow. The group will continue touring throughout the United States during the spring and summer and then head to Australia to tour in September.

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Matchbox Twenty proves how far they’ve come with a show featuring hits from albums spanning over a decade.


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B8 Thursday, February 7, 2008 Gone Baby Gone star Casey Affleck shoots for a hole-in-one with latest film.

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

Commitment status frustrates couples Kelly Curran Staff columnist

Gone Baby Gone

1.3 million: most U.S. dollars ever paid for a cow

Ben Affleck’s directorial debut is set for DVD release on Feb. 12. Gone Baby Gone is the story of two detectives who try to find a missing 4-yearold girl in the rough Boston neighborhood of Dorchester. They face various criminals and ultimately a moral dilemma. The film has gained much critical acclaim including a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Amy Ryan.

Watch it, Tiger! A blind hole-in-one? 92-year-old Leo Fiyalki, a legally blind golfer, hit a hole-in-one at the Cove Cay Country Club in Clearwater, Fla. on Jan. 10. Despite having macular degeneration, his inability to see properly hasn’t stopped him from playing golf for over 60 years. With his five iron golf club he made a clear 110-yard shot, swinging in his very first hole-in-one. Only having slight peripheral vision in his right eye, Fiyalki only needs help lining up and finding his golf balls. Clearly, making a hole-in-one is the easy part.

Shake off that illness If you get really frustrated with your common cold virus, recent research may help.Scientists may have discovered the cure to viruses. By giving a virus certain exposure to laser frequencies, a common cold can, literally, be shaken to death. Like all objects, if they’re exposed to a specific amount of resonant frequencies they can completely fall apart. Since a virus can have millions of atoms, it’s hard to determine how many frequencies each virus actually needs. Scientists plan to continue testing.

Drink of the Week American Leroy

With the political elections up and running, try this patriotic drink with a lovely kick of delicious coffee flavor. Ingredients 1 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur 1 oz vodka 1 oz Irish creme 1 oz creme de cacao Ice Directions: Put all the ingredients into a blender and mix together until smooth. Serve in a highball glass and enjoy!

Commitment is one aspect of relationships that people always have an opinion about. You either love it or you avoid it. People think serious relationships are the only way to go, or that they’re a waste of time. I hate to generalize, but the tendency is for guys to avoid and for girls to seek commitment. I am not saying that ALL men and women fall into those categories. I even tend to lean towards the noncommittal end of the spectrum. However, for the purposes of this column, I’m going with the stereotype for simplicity’s sake.Why do women want commitment so badly? We want to be number one and not just in an appeasing “you know I love you” kind of way. We want it to be on Facebook; we want it to be official.

Once the relationship is in the open, there is a feeling of security and trust in knowing that it’s solidified. With commitment, there’s less chance of infidelity because both parties are invested. Being committed is security that you are loved, and if you feel you deserve such an allegiance, it’s hard to settle for anything less. Girls may go overboard at times, but it boils down to wanting clear definitions in a relationship. Why do men avoid commitment? They don’t want to be tied down; they want to keep their options open. They are afraid that the wrong girl will trap them into a relationship they can’t get out of. They don’t want to be controlled or lose out on anything by having only one girl in their lives. Men tend to see commitment as a frightening prospect and often think they are not ready to be a real “boyfriend.” True, many are afraid of commitment, but mostly they just want the freedom to do what they please without getting nagged. With commitment being such a heated topic, it’s no wonder that people tend to go a little overboard with their beliefs.

As the end of senior year rapidly approaches, I am noticing some peculiar behavior from my peers. Some are avoiding commitment – even when they really like the other person – because they think there isn’t enough time for a decent relationship. But when you’re spending every other night together, you’re always attending date functions, you’re even saying “the L word” – just admit it already! You’re in a relationship and at the end of college it is going to be hard to part with each other, no matter what your “official status” is. Others seem to be forcing their relationships to progress quickly, thinking that their last college relationship has to be major. Those who have always dreamed of marrying their college sweetheart are in commitment overload trying to get their partner to settle down in hopes of having a relationship that lasts past college. And then there are those who can’t figure out what the hell they’re doing. Relationship ambiguity is particularly frustrating for someone who wants commitment, but their partner isn’t quite ready.

I know firsthand how aggravating this can be, and it makes a person doubt how much they are loved. Keeping someone you like (or “love”) on the backburner isn’t fair. It’s time to man up and have an actual relationship. Well, this article just took a sharp turn to Bitterville, so it’s time to wrap things up. Bottom line: commitment is hard, but it’s worth it. Serious relationships aren’t a binding contract, but they are a sign of mutual love and respect. If there is someone you truly care about, keep them around by investing yourself. If it doesn’t work out you’ll know you tried and you put it all out there. Half-assing a relationship will only end in frustration on both ends. Your life will not be over if you are in a serious relationship. You might even stumble onto something worth keeping around for a very long time.

“She Said” is a bi-weekly column that presents one girl’s perspective on the college sex scene. You may contact her with your feedback or ideas at currkm4@ wfu.edu.

Lummox | By Will Warren

Movie Review | Cloverfield

Mockumentary camera work induces nausea By Peter Youngblood | Staff writer

I can’t think of any other city that has suffered as many fictional catastrophes as New York — so many, in fact, that disaster-movies have become cliché. Seriously, how many times can you wreck the Statue of Liberty and still evoke the same level of awe and terror? Well as Cloverfield demonstrates you can do it at least one more time. The hyped film, produced by Lost and Alias creator J.J. Abrams, has been under speculation since the first cryptic teaser came out last summer. Despite numerous wild theories, the film turns out to be a handheld “mockumentary” version of a monster-movie, similar in form to The Blair Witch Project, all shot on a handheld camera. We first see Rob’s (Michael Stahl-David, The Black Donnellys) fareCloverfield well party on the eve before Starring | Lizzie Caplan, Jessica he leaves for Lucas andT.J. Miller Japan (a nod Director | Matt Reeves to Godzilla). Who’s it for? | People who have Rob had strong stomachs just broken Running Time | 1 hrs 25 min. up with his best friendRating | (out of 5) turned-girlfriend Beth (Odette Yustman) a few weeks before and the camera catches snippets of the lingering drama. Ironically, the party footage is being mistakenly filmed over earlier scenes of Beth and Rob’s first little tryst. We are able to see at strategic moments cleverly toying with the camcorder’s technical conventions while establishing a history of their relationship. It isn’t long before all heck breaks loose as some giant, anonymous creature arrives and starts wrecking the place, starting out by playing ball with good-ole Liberty’s head. Unfortunately Beth left the party and is now trapped in her midtown apartment, so Rob decides he has to go and get her. Dragged alongside are his friends Marlena (Lizzy Caplan, Mean Girls), Lily (Jessica Lucas, The Covenant), and the cameraman/comic relief Hud (T.J. Miller). What follows is a hodgepodge of scenes which play with the conventions of both a disaster film and horror film, the fear-effect intensified by the smaller spider-like friends that the beast has brought with it. Now had Cloverfield been made conventionally, it would have simply been a mediocre monster-movie. The characters, despite the director’s best efforts, are shallow and remarkably stupid and the dialogue sometimes seems as if 5th grader wrote it. Hud, though he displays some charm and humor, delivers some pretty bad one-liners. At the same time the poor script seems appropriate given the

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New York City becomes a playground for an unidentified, cold-blooded monster that unleashes an apocalyptic massacre for Rob (Michael Stahl-David) and company. film’s emphasis on realism (I doubt I would be very witty if some giant frog was chasing me). Yet, Cloverfield is a paradox. By necessity it is in 1st person perspective and so the audience is ultimately bound to their experience. However, because of its documentary style director Matt Reeves is hard-pressed to establish any sort of character development or background. Thus, it is difficult to sympathize with any of the characters, even Rob and Beth whose relationship is the crux of the story. Thankfully it is this same documentary style that saves Cloverfield from B-movie obscurity. The camcorder intensifies the horror-film effect by only giving you short and unclear glimpses of the beast and its buddies. However when you do see the monster, the special effects are beautifully rendered. As with any good horror-film, what you can’t see is the scariest

part. Also, the camcorder’s technical nuances are cleverly toyed with. Aside from the sporadic past footage of Rob and Beth that pops up at key, emotional moments, the camera’s night-shot and auto-focus help intensify the suspense at various moments. At the same time the jittery effect can be nauseating and unbearable despite momentary pauses. Think the Bourne sequels times ten. Thankfully the short film ends before motion sickness occurs. Nonetheless pregnant mothers and senior citizens should not go on this ride. Cloverfield is by no means revolutionary. It is a unique film which stands up there with other recent works like the Korean The Host and helps revive an aging genre. It is short, sweet and will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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Restaurant Review | Miss Annie’s

Small eatery delights diners with quaint charm By Caitlin Kenney | Senior writer

You’ve probably never seen it before. It’s buried in a seedy shopping plaza off Stratford Rd. and Healy Dr., it has a tiny store front, an unlit sign and a dark interior. You’ve probably never even heard of it. But don’t let Miss Annie’s humble storefront keep you from its delicious Miss Annie’s Jamaican Location | 3064 Healy Drive. and French Hours | 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tues. - Thurs. cuisine. You could 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri. - Sat. call my jourServing | Jamaican and French ney to Miss Dress | Casual Annie’s a mission, a Price Range | $10 - $20 search, a Rating | (out of 5) hunger perhaps … a hunt for fried plantains. These crispy, warm cousins to the banana are like ambrosia to me. As a Florida native, I’m serious about my fried plantains and the prospect of a plateful of these sweet treats was enough to send me to Miss Annie’s with an open mind and an open mouth. I wasn’t disappointed. A generous side portion of fried plantains came to $4 and I was able to savor each simultaneously crunchy and gooey slice with pleasure. Paired perfectly with my little plate of heaven was an entree of curried chicken with rice and cabbage stir fry ($14).

The curry was mild and savory and the cabbage stir fry was hearty and delicious. The menu includes many Caribbean classics, none more recognizable than the jerk chicken ($14). Miss Annie’s jerk chicken lives up to its name and my eyes were watering after one bite. However, my dining companion who has a considerably higher tolerance for spice absolutely loved it. The waiters were actually impressed that she finished almost every bite of the chicken. “If you liked that, try the jerk pork next time,” said our waiter with a grin. “It’s even spicier.” Halfway between the kick of the jerk chicken and the mellow flavors of the curried chicken was the beef stew in a light curry herb sauce ($17). The beef was a special that night, replacing the normal offering of goat stew on the menu. We were mildly disappointed that we wouldn’t get to sample the goat, but the beef was tender and perfectly seasoned. The dessert menu includes sweet potato pie ($6.50) and a flourless chocolate espresso cake ($7) that smelled and looked delicious. Miss Annie’s is tiny, with only about ten tables, and is only open for dinner. The walls are bright tropical shades but the lighting is low. If you bring a date, don’t order the jerk chicken … you’ll be sweating by the third bite. But it’s a great place for a nice dinner and you won’t find this type of food anywhere else. The service is friendly–but slow. The waiters make a point of warning you that the food is slow cooked and made to order, so you’re

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The unassuming Miss Annie’s proves that you can’t judge a book by its cover with delicious entree choices like curried chicken with rice and cabbage stir-fry. going to wait a bit for your dinner. We waited 30-40 minutes between ordering and delivery. The chef wanders around her restaurant, checking on the diners and socializing with the regulars. The restaurant has a family feel, especially as the chef called her regular customers by name and asked after

family and friends. It has a European atmosphere, the kind in which good company, good wine and good food turn into a dining experience rather than just dinner. You’ll want to go with friends who aren’t impatient. It’s about being willing to wait a bit for a truly great meal.

Event Review | Ancestry & Innovation

Event Preview | Demon Drag

Queens strut their stuff for charity Evocative pieces make By Caroline Edgeton | Staff writer

For the past five years, the university’s Gay Straight Student Alliance (GSSA) has held an annual fundraiser to raise money for Winston-Salem’s AIDS Care Service. ACS is a local non-profit organization that remains the only AIDS care program in Forsyth County aside from hospital treatment. However, this is not your typical fundraiser. There are no bake sales or five kilometer runs involved with this one. There are high heels, dance music, big wigs, stage make-up and sequined dresses, though. Oh, and of course, very secure men performing with all of the above (not men from the university, mind you).“It’s just a huge party,” GSSA president Kelly Chauvin said. This year’s theme is “I Said Red” and the show is sure to bring a large crowd. Each year, the drag show gathers 300-500 people who want to let loose and dance the night away with local drag entertainers and a live DJ hired by the GSSA. Clearly, the point of this fundraiser is to raise money for AIDS all proceeds go to ACS. Many people go and enjoy the fact that Mariclaire Hicks/Old Gold & Black they are participating in something extremely fun while also raising money Last year, the annual Demon Drag show entertained the audience for a greater good. and it promises to do the same this year. Others go simply to experience ACS fortunately receives a fair to have fun? There will be a cash bar something a little out of the ordinary the University party scene.Unless amount of recognition from the uni- and lots of music and dancing. things get interesting, this is definitely versity and various schools in the state. It will be held at 9 p.m. don Feb. 15 not something you would see on any R.J. Reynolds High school recently in Benson 401. held an a cappella concert entitled Jam typical Wednesday. “It’s supposed to end around 1 (a.m.), “The past five years have been very for Hope. I did not attend, but I heard but we kind of keep on dancing,” Chausuccessful. We have raised well over only wonderful things about it. vin said. Singing groups can attract a large $1000 for this organization,” ChauOverall, it sounds like it’s going to crowd of people for sure, but a profes- be a really good time. vin Tickets are only $10, which is quite sional drag show should bring just as Everyone should come out and go a deal. These men are actual profes- much attention. I feel I can safely say a little crazy with people who aren’t sionals taking time away from their that Demon Drag will be as much of a afraid to do so themselves; all while jobs to help raise money for charity. success as the a cappella concert. Who raising money for an incredibly wor“It’s one of the best nights on campus,” doesn’t want to come out and party thyhumanitarian cause. with a bunch of people who only want Chauvin said. It’s a completely win-win situation.

art exhibit a must-see By Ae’Jay Mitchell | Contributing writer

Every summer I would visit my greatgrandmother’s “happy shack” in rural north Louisiana. As we – my mother, two siblings, and I, – drew closer to her house, we would begin to hear her deep alto voice singing. My sister and I would smile for we knew her voice brought homemade ice cream and a cold orange soda water. At the end of the dirt path, we saw her sitting on her wooden porch rocking back and forth in her rocking chair sewing a quilt. This was a quilt we knew would be used to keep us warm on a cold night during our annual Christmas visit. Never, however, did I see the quilt as art; not until the opening of Reynolda House art exhibit Ancestry and Innovation, Feb. 1. The exhibit, which debuted in 2005 at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City, features the works of African-American self-taught artists of the 20th century. The artwork gives viewers insight into the simplicity of the artists’ lives. Each artist tells the story of their culture, their community, their ideals and their struggle through simple brush strokes and everyday objects. The work of Clementine Hunter, an artist from Natchitoches, La., dominates the exhibit. Her two-dimensional works of oils on cardboard to oils on canvas are simple in technique but extraordinary in their ability to depict the rituals of her community and her faith. Her work “Funeral” (c. 1950) drags the viewer into a grief-stricken funeral without leaving one gloomy. By adding flowers and three layers representative of the transcendental Trinity prevalent in Christianity, she

depicts death as a new beginning. The statues of Newark, N.J., native Kevin Sampson shine brightly in the exhibit. They left me simply mesmerized. Sampson uses what many would consider junk to become a mixed media genius. After the sudden death of his wife, newborn son and cousin, Sampson work from grief, using broken glass fragments, decaying wood and even the backbone of a cow to produce beautiful pieces. This beauty is apparent in his work “Mother Oatman” (c. 1970) where deep colors of brown and bronze are pleasantly intermixed with dabs of colorful shards. Quilter Nora McKeon Ezell’s pieces guide me to the comfort and simplicity of childhood. With every stitch, my thirst for creativity is quenched. Her work “Star Quilt” (c. 1977) drives me to bask in the never ceasing universe. I was warmed by the striking colors presented in her work. The exhibit also includes works from Mozell Benson, Elijah Pierce, father and son Thornton Dial Sr. and Jr., William Edmondson, Sam Doyle, Nellie Mar Rowe, Willie LeRoy Elliot, Lucinda Tommer, Dennis Jones and David Butler. Even though the artists hail from different areas, each piece has massive influence through simple media. This show is a must-see for all. The show will run until Apr. 13 at the Reynolda House. Gallery Hours are Tuesday -Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1:30 – 4:30p.m. Admission is free for university students. For more information, you can visit the Reynolda House online at www. reynoldahouse.org.

Don’t Stop Believin’ | A guide to your college journey

From Mai tai to My Tie, matchmaking proves difficult Mary Beth Ballard Senior columnist

Mai tai – a cocktail involving rum, curaçao and fruit juice. My Tie – a sorority date function involving a “mystery” guy, uncertain compatibility and, of course, a tie. What do these homonyms have in common? Well, if you combine them, you’ll be sure to have double the fun, and half the stress that accompanies such a quasi “blind date” – and potentially awkward occasion.

Keep this in mind, as the spring date parties begin to infiltrate your colorful agendas. For those of us with significant others already in the bank and noted on our Facebook profiles, the anticipation of a chance encounter with someone new is technically lost on us, but not on our friends. We owe it to our collegiate companions to scan the quads, classrooms and frat parties for someone worth the time and effort involved in “set-up.” However, for some, the thought of having a friend arrange an evening with a random person of the opposite sex is unsettling. In fact, it can be so unappealing that girls and guys choose to opt out of the date party altogether rather than submit themselves to the unknown. In my opinion, not going to a party

because you have no date is truly a shame. In the ideal sense of friendship, however, giving in to your best friend’s matchmaking maneuvers shouldn’t feel like a root canal. You trust your friend’s judgment, don’t you? They’re acting in your best interest, right? If you can’t go out on a limb when it comes to dating in college, how will you handle it out in the real world? The university often gets slammed with the label as a place “where no one dates.” It’s a frustrating stereotype because social opportunities often present themselves but aren’t always acted upon. College is the ripe time for taking risks – academically, extracurricularly and socially.

I’d much rather take a risk on a blind date at 22 than I would at 32 with someone I met off of Match.com. (Disclaimer: I’m not completely dissing online dating websites – I’ve heard many a “great success” have occurred using them). I’m just making the point that we’re co-eds and by default should behave less conservatively in the dating scene. But of course, how could we forget, at any age, the “fear of rejection” – that wonderful catch phrase always winding its way into our conscious when we’re on the verge of being set up or asking out our crush. I have several single friends with little need to worry about rejection, in fact, each of them is quite a catch. They’re beautiful, smart, funny and outgoing. But despite all this, they don’t make themselves emotionally available or act

on their romantic inclinations; they allow their fears to dominate their actions. The excuse of not having enough time to meet anyone is common around here. But hey, that’s why specific parties organized around your “singleness” (i.e. My Tie) exist to make such encounters effortless. The bottom line: Take an emotional risk and see where it lands you. You might just meet someone extraordinary … or you might not. Regardless, you won’t be any less of person and you will have gained more experience. The worse that could happen is you learn something from any awkward mishap and have a great story to share over omelettes and bagels during brunch the next day. Or you just might hit it off–with Mr. My Tie with a Mai Tai in hand.


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